EASY GRANNY SQUARE PICNIC BLANKET

My free Picnic Blanket design is an easy granny square pattern, and a great way to use up your leftover yarn. Blending compatible colors together in granny square afghan designs produces beautiful bright throw rugs that add color and style to a lounge or bedroom.

Finishing each square with a white round followed by a black, and then working the decorative edging in black, emphasizes the color combinations used in this picnic blanket.

If the terminology used in this easy granny square picnic blanket pattern differs from what you're used to, check my equivalency tables for easy conversion.

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GRANNY SQUARE INSTRUCTIONS

Materials: Main Color – 3 x 100g balls 8ply black yarn, assorted mixed colors 8ply yarn. 5.00mm crochet hook, darning needle [if you prefer to sew your rug together with a flat seam instead of double crocheting the pieces together].

Measurements: Each easy granny square approximately 33cm [6.5ins] square. Picnic Blanket approximately 133cm [53ins] wide, 175cm [70ins] long.

Tension: First 3 rows – approximately 8cm [3.25ins] across.

Stitches: Treble, Chain, Slip Stitch, Double Crochet.

Picnic Blanket Motif - Work 20.

1st Picnic Blanket Motif – Work 1st round in white, 2nd round in light pink, 3rd round in green, 4th round in cream, 5th round in brown, 6th round in beige, 7th round in black, 8th round in beige, 9th round in brown, 10th round in cream, 11th round in green, 12th round in light pink, 13th round in white, 14th round in black. Fasten off.

2nd Picnic Blanket Motif - Work 1st round in white, 2nd round in red, 3rd round in blue, 4th round in yellow, 5th round in light pink, 6th round in medium pink, 7th round in black, 8th round in medium pink, 9th round in light pink, 10th round in yellow, 11th round in blue, 12th round in red, 13th round in white, 14th round in black. Fasten off.

3rd Picnic Blanket Motif - Work 1st round in white, 2nd round in teal, 3rd round in cream, 4th round in light pink, 5th round in blue, 6th round in medium pink, 7th round in black, 8th round in medium pink, 9th round in blue, 10th round in light pink, 11th round in cream, 12th round in teal, 13th round in white, 14th round in black. Fasten off.

4th Picnic Blanket Motif – Work 1st round in white, 2nd round in light pink, 3rd round in brown, 4th round in orange, 5th round in cream, 6th round in green, 7th round in black, 8th round in green, 9th round in cream, 10th round in orange, 11th round in brown, 12th round in light pink, 13th round in white, 14th round in black. Fasten off.

5th Picnic Blanket Motif – Work 1st round in white, 2nd round in blue, 3rd round in light pink, 4th round in green, 5th round in yellow, 6th round in orange, 7th round in black, 8th round in orange, 9th round in yellow, 10th round in green, 11th round in light pink, 12th round in blue, 13th round in white, 14th round in black. Fasten off.

6th Picnic Blanket Motif - Work 1st round in white, 2nd round in green, 3rd round in cream, 4th round in hot pink, 5th round in light pink, 6th round in medium blue, 7th round in black, 8th round in medium blue, 9th round in light pink, 10th round in hot pink, 11th round in cream, 12th round in green, 13th round in white, 14th round in black. Fasten off.

7th Picnic Blanket Motif - Work 1st round in white, 2nd round in beige, 3rd round in blue, 4th round in brown, 5th round in light pink, 6th round in green, 7th round in black, 8th round in green, 9th round in light pink, 10th round in brown, 11th round in blue, 12th round in beige, 13th round in white, 14th round in black. Fasten off.

8th Picnic Blanket Motif - Work 1st round in white, 2nd round in yellow, 3rd round in orange, 4th round in green, 5th round in light pink, 6th round in beige, 7th round in black, 8th round in beige, 9th round in light pink, 10th round in green, 11th round in orange, 12th round in yellow, 13th round in white, 14th round in black. Fasten off.

9th Picnic Blanket Motif - Work 1st round in white, 2nd round in red, 3rd round in light pink, 4th round in cream, 5th round in medium pink, 6th round in bright green, 7th round in black, 8th round in bright green, 9th round in medium pink, 10th round in cream, 11th round in light pink, 12th round in red, 13th round in white, 14th round in black. Fasten off.

10th Picnic Blanket Motif - Work 1st round in white, 2nd round in beige, 3rd round in brown, 4th round in light pink, 5th round in green, 6th round in cream, 7th round in black, 8th round in cream, 9th round in green, 10th round in light pink, 11th round in brown, 12th round in beige, 13th round in white, 14th round in black. Fasten off.

11th Picnic Blanket Motif - Work 1st round in white, 2nd round in beige, 3rd round in brown, 4th round in light pink, 5th round in green, 6th round in cream, 7th round in black, 8th round in cream, 9th round in green, 10th round in light pink, 11th round in brown, 12th round in beige, 13th round in white, 14th round in black. Fasten off.

12th Picnic Blanket Motif - Work 1st round in white, 2nd round in red, 3rd round in light pink, 4th round in cream, 5th round in medium pink, 6th round in green, 7th round in black, 8th round in green, 9th round in medium pink, 10th round in cream, 11th round in light pink, 12th round in red, 13th round in white, 14th round in black. Fasten off.

13th Picnic Blanket Motif - Work 1st round in white, 2nd round in yellow, 3rd round in orange, 4th round in green, 5th round in light pink, 6th round in beige, 7th round in black, 8th round in beige, 9th round in light pink, 10th round in green, 11th round in orange, 12th round in yellow, 13th round in white, 14th round in black. Fasten off.

14th Picnic Blanket Motif - Work 1st round in white, 2nd round in beige, 3rd round in blue, 4th round in brown, 5th round in light pink, 6th round in green, 7th round in black, 8th round in green, 9th round in light pink, 10th round in brown, 11th round in blue, 12th round in beige, 13th round in white, 14th round in black. Fasten off.

15th Picnic Blanket Motif - Work 1st round in white, 2nd round in green, 3rd round in cream, 4th round in hot pink, 5th round in light pink, 6th round in blue, 7th round in black, 8th round in blue, 9th round in light pink, 10th round in hot pink, 11th round in cream, 12th round in green, 13th round in white, 14th round in black. Fasten off.

16th Picnic Blanket Motif - Work 1st round in white, 2nd round in blue, 3rd round in light pink, 4th round in green, 5th round in yellow, 6th round in orange, 7th round in black, 8th round in orange, 9th round in yellow, 10th round in green, 11th round in light pink, 12th round in blue, 13th round in white, 14th round in black. Fasten off.

17th Picnic Blanket Motif - Work 1st round in white, 2nd round in light pink, 3rd round in brown, 4th round in orange, 5th round in cream, 6th round in green, 7th round in black, 8th round in green, 9th round in cream, 10th round in orange, 11th round in brown, 12th round in light pink, 13th round in white, 14th round in black. Fasten off.

18th Picnic Blanket Motif - Work 1st round in white, 2nd round in teal, 3rd round in cream, 4th round in light pink, 5th round in blue, 6th round in medium pink, 7th round in black, 8th round in medium pink, 9th round in blue4, 10th round in light pink, 11th round in cream, 12th round in teal, 13th round in white, 14th round in black. Fasten off.

19th Picnic Blanket Motif - Work 1st round in white, 2nd round in red, 3rd round in blue, 4th round in yellow, 5th round in light pink, 6th round in medium pink, 7th round in black, 8th round in medium pink, 9th round in light pink, 10th round in yellow, 11th round in blue, 12th round in red, 13th round in white, 14th round in black. Fasten off.

20th Picnic Blanket Motif - Work 1st round in white, 2nd round in light pink, 3rd round in green, 4th round in cream, 5th round in brown, 6th round in beige, 7th round in black, 8th round in beige, 9th round in brown, 10th round in cream, 11th round in green, 12th round in light pink, 13th round in white, 14th round in black. Do not fasten off. Position the corner of this 20th motif with the yarn still attached, at the bottom right hand corner of your picnic blanket. You will begin the edging of your picnic blanket from this point after you have joined the squares together.

Begin each granny square in white by working 8ch, join with a ss to form a ring.

1st Round: Work 3ch, 2tr into ring, [2ch. 3tr into ring 2ch] 3 times, ss in 1st of 3ch. Fasten off.

2nd Round: Join contrast in 2ch corner sp. Work 3ch, 2 tr, 2ch, 3tr in corner sp, [2ch, 3tr, 2ch, 3tr] in each corner sp, finishing with 2ch 1ss in 3rd of 1st 3ch. Fasten off.

3rd Round: Join 2nd contrast in 2ch corner sp. Work 3ch, 2 tr, 2ch, 3tr in corner sp, *[2ch, 3tr in next 2ch sp] to corner, [2ch, 3tr, 2ch, 3tr] in corner sp. Repeat from * finishing with 2ch, 1ss in 3rd of 1st 3ch. Fasten off.

4th - 6th Round: Join next contrast in 2ch corner sp. Work as 3rd Round. Fasten off.

7th Round: Join black in 2ch corner sp. Work as 3rd Round. Fasten off.

8th Round: Join 6th round contrast in 2ch corner sp. Work as 3rd Round. Fasten off.

9th Round: Join 5th round contrast in 2ch corner sp. Work as 3rd Round. Fasten off.

10th Round: Join 4th round contrast in 2ch corner sp. Work as 3rd Round. Fasten off.

11th Round: Join 3th round contrast in 2ch corner sp. Work as 3rd Round. Fasten off.

12th Round: Join 2nd round contrast in 2ch corner sp. Work as 3rd Round. Fasten off.

13th Round: Join white in 2ch corner sp. Work as 3rd Round. Fasten off.

14th Round: Join black in 2ch corner sp. Work as 3rd Round. Fasten off.

Joining Picnic Blanket Motifs

To join motifs together – place together with right sides facing and working through both motifs work dc into corner sp and into each st, finishing with 1dc into corner sp. Fasten off. Join all subsequent motifs in the same manner until you have 4 rows of 5 granny squares. Join the rows together in the same manner.

Picnic Blanket Edging

Continue from finishing point of 20th square. Work 1dc into same place as join, 1htr into top of next tr, 1tr in top of next tr, 3dtr into next st, 1tr in top of next tr, 1htr in top of next st, 1dc in next st. Continue around in this manner finishing with a ss into 1st dc. Fasten off.

For more beautiful afghan patterns check out my zodiac afghan pattern, Granny Square Rug, Granny Square Afghan, Ripple Afghan, or afghan bed rug.

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