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Hashtag Blanket – The Granny Squares

I think I’ve mentioned before that sometimes I get random project ideas and this one is no exception. Why a hashtag blanket? I’m not sure but hashtags are such a big part of our culture these days that I thought, why not crochet it? I toyed with the idea of hashtag coasters or a purse but those projects seemed too small, and would be over in a short time. But a blanket on the other hand takes time and commitment. Of course I didn’t want to spend too much time on this blanket so I chose to take the pixel approach and make several large granny squares, which I would later join. But first, the design.

At first I thought of making the blanket in black and white, with white as the background. I quickly realised this would potentially become boring so I decided to add colour. The hashtag would be some sort of vibrant colour against a white background. At the same time I didn’t want to buy more yarn when I already had so many beautiful skeins crammed into my yarn shelves. So I decided to use different colours and make it an ombre hashtag. Eventually I opted for a black background to make the colours really pop.

Hashtag Blanket Design - Pops de Milk

The Squares

The pattern for the square is simple and works up really quickly. Each square measures approx. 8×8″. For this blanket you’ll need to make the following squares:

33 in black

2 in contrast colour A (White)

5 in contrast colour B (Red Heart Super Saver – Aruba Sea)

2 in contrast colour C (Red Heart Super Saver – Jade)

5 in contrast colour D (Bernat Super Value – Aqua)

2 in contrast colour E (Red Heart Soft – Teal)

Materials

-For the contrasting colours you’ll need one 7oz/197g skein of worsted weight yarn for each colour, or about 1oz of yarn per square. For the black squares and for joining later you’ll need three 14oz skeins of worsted weight black yarn.

-6.50mm crochet hook

-Yarn needle for finishing ends.

Pattern 

With the exception of Rnd 1, starting chain always counts as first stitch.

Rnd 1: ch 8, join with sl st to form ring.Square Round 1
Rnd 2: ch 3, in ring make 2dc, *ch 4, 3dc, repeat from *2 more times, ch 4, join to top of ch 3.Square Round 2
Rnd 3: ch 3, dc in next 2 sts, *in ch4 sp make (3dc, 3ch, 3dc), dc in next 3sts, repeat from * 2 more times, in ch4 sp make (3dc, 3ch, 3dc), join to top of ch 3.Square Round 3
Rnd 4: ch 4, skip st, dc in next st, ch 1, skip st, dc in next st, ch 1, skip st,  *in ch 3 sp make (2dc, 3ch, 2dc), ch 1, skip st, dc in next st until next corner, repeat from * 2 more times, in ch 3 sp make (2dc, 3ch, 2dc), skip st, dc in next st, ch 1, join to 3rd ch of ch4. There should be 5 ch spaces between corners at end of round.Square Round 4a Square Round 4b
Rnd 5: ch 4, dc in next dc, ch 1, dc in next dc, dc in ch space, dc in next 2 sts, *in each ch 3 sp make (2dc, 3ch, 2dc), dc in next 2 sts, dc in ch sp, dc in next st, ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, dc in next dc, dc in ch sp, dc in next 2 sts, repeat from * 2 more times, in ch 3 sp make (2dc, 3ch, 2dc), dc in next 2 sts, dc in ch sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, join to 3rd ch of ch4. There should be 3 ch spaces between corners at end of round.Square Round 5a Square Round 5b
Rnd 6: ch 4, dc in next dc, dc in ch sp, dc in next 6 sts, in each ch 3 sp make (2dc, 3ch, 2dc), between corners *dc in next 6 sts, dc in ch sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, dc in next dc, dc in ch sp, dc in next 6 sts, repeat from * around, dc in ch sp, join to 3rd ch of ch4. There should be 1 ch space between corners at end of round.Square Round 6a Square Round 6b
Rnd 7: ch 3, dc in ch sp and next 10sts, in each ch 3 sp make (2dc, 3ch, 2dc), between corners dc in each st and ch 1 sp, join to top of ch 3. Fasten off and weave ends.Square Round 7a Square Round 7b

One square done, only 48 more to go!

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