Straight Granny Blanket [Free Crochet Pattern]

Over 10 years ago, I published the Straight Granny Blanket Pattern on my blog. It’s seen several different pattern revisions over the years, but I had never had it tested. Which means it had a mistake in it that never got fixed until now, oops! To remedy that, as well as to bring the pattern up to my current standard, I’ve redesigned it slightly with new yarn, and it has been thoroughly tested to ensure accuracy.

The new Straight Granny Blanket Pattern comes with two size options, Infant and Child, as well as information on how to make the pattern whatever size you want. I love how the Mandala Baby yarn adds so much color to these blankets without a bunch of color changes. The pattern also includes a new edging.

As always, the Straight Granny Blanket Pattern is a free download on my blog, which you can find below. You can also find an ad-free version in my shops for a low cost on Etsy here and Ravelry here. See below for a list of supplies (affiliate links) and the download link to the pattern!

Straight Granny Blanket

  • 3-4 skeins of Lion Brand Mandala Baby Yarn (Rainbow Falls here, Unicorn Cloud here)
  • Boye Ergonomic size I hook (Boye Hook Set)
  • Yarn needle, tape measure, scissors
  • Finished size: Infant, 34 inches long by 43 inches long; Child, 38 inches wide by 50 inches long (info on how to check gauge here)
  • Level: advanced beginner to intermediate. Must have some knowledge on how to do a border for the Edging portion. (If you are new to crochet, here’s a great book to get started: Learn to Crochet)

Download Straight Granny Blanket Pattern here

Link your project to the Ravelry project page here. Use hashtag #straightgrannyblanket on Instagram, and feel free to tag me @kountingsheep! Happy Crocheting!

Please note that this post contains affiliate links. This means I earn a small commission when you shop through the link at no additional cost to you. All pictures and opinions contained in this post are my own.

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Do You Tunisian Crochet?

Have you tried Tunisian crochet before? If you haven’t ever heard of this technique, it’s a special combination of knit and crochet that uses what was traditionally called an “afghan” hook, or a long crochet hook. Your grandma would have known it as “Afghan stitch” or “Afghan crochet” because it was a very popular technique to use to make large panels for blankets. In fact, I know my grandma knew how to do Afghan stitch, because she made my dad an entire blanket using this technique.

I learned how to do Tunisian crochet about 15 years ago before I had learned to knit. I had been crocheting for several years and wanted to branch out to something new, but wasn’t ready to pick up some knitting needles. I had several books, a few long afghan hooks, and a few double-ended crochet cables (like circular knitting needles but with crochet hook tips). I mostly made scarves, because you don’t have to turn your work with Tunisian crochet. The above pictured scarf is the only thing I still have from when I first learned Tunisian. Unfortunately I gave away all my Tunisian supplies when I learned to knit, thinking I would never be interested in doing it again. I have major regrets now for not keeping my supplies, especially the double-ended cable hooks.

Now with the recent resurgence of this technique, I decided to get a new set of Tunisian hooks and pick it up again. And I’m addicted! I really think the best part about Tunisian crochet is the fact you don’t have to turn your work. Tunisian is a combo of “croknitting” loops onto your hook going right to left, then crocheting the loops off your hook from left to right. It produces a fabric that is neither fully knit nor fully crochet but resembles a little bit of both. I’m currently working on my very first Tunisian crochet blanket, and it’s been fun learning new stitches.

If you would like to give Tunisian crochet a try, check out these supplies on Amazon here:

You can also read more detailed information about Tunisian crochet and the basic stitches in this article here. I’m hoping to create some Tunisian crochet designs in the future, and I can’t wait to learn new techniques and stitches! Feel free to leave a comment if you have questions about Tunisian crochet or if you’ve tried it before!

Please note this post contains Amazon affiliate links. This means I receive a small commission when you purchase through the links at no additional cost to you. All pictures and opinions contained in this post are my own.

College Bound: Collegiate Throw [Crochet Pattern]

For Day 3 in this “College Bound” series, I have a new crochet pattern to share with you! The Collegiate Throw is the perfect project to help get your college student into school spirit. Choose your school colors to crochet this giant granny square blanket, perfect for dorm rooms, chilly fall football games, cuddling up with a textbook, or even to help stay warm in a cold classroom.

Download the pattern on Ravelry here and on Etsy here.

The Collegiate Throw pattern includes written instructions for how to make the blanket, special instructions for making a crisp straight square, 4 color sequence ideas, and 2 picture tutorials for special stitches. This crochet pattern has been carefully edited and tested to ensure quality and accuracy.

The pattern also uses one of my favorite blanket yarns, Caron One Pound. You can order this yarn in a variety of colors on Amazon here. Combined with a large crochet hook, this throw works up quickly. You can order a Boye Ergonomic size L hook (as seen in these pictures) on Amazon here. The Collegiate Throw pattern is addicting, and soon you’ll be making one in all your favorite college team colors for every member of your family!

Download your copy of the Collegiate Throw crochet pattern in my Etsy shop here and on Ravelry here. Use the hashtag #collegiatethrow on Instagram to share your projects made using my pattern. I can’t wait to see what color combos you come up with!

Please note that this post contains Amazon affiliate links. This means that I receive a small commission when you purchase through the links at no additional cost to you. All pictures and opinions contained in this post are my own.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: Miss Priss Hat

To continue the series from last week of Mother’s Day Gift Ideas, I have a pattern you can crochet as a gift: the Miss Priss Hat. This Hat pattern is one that I designed 10 years ago in April 2008, and I have revised and updated the pattern to improve it. New features include all 3 sizes in one pattern, toddler, child, and adult; new recommended yarn; new hook sizes; and a new bow pattern (Southern Style Bow by Southern Day Crochet, which can be found here). The Miss Priss Hat pattern is available to purchase on Ravelry here or in my Etsy shop here.

I was also able to partner with Oak Viking Designs to create several custom polymer clay crochet hooks to coordinate with the pattern. These hooks are featured in the pattern, and you can purchase your own custom hook for yourself or as a Mother’s Day gift through her shop here. I just love how my colorful glitter hooks turned out, and they are so comfortable to use!

The Miss Priss Hat has a special place in my heart because it was designed for my sister, Heather, as she underwent cancer treatments. This was her favorite hat, and I made her at least 8 in different colors so that she would have many options to wear while she was bald. The hats were soft, washable, and breathable since it was summer in Arizona when she was going through chemo, but her head still got cold. This hat makes a great chemo cap for those going through cancer treatments. Everyone who saw Heather wearing a Miss Priss Hat loved it, and it has been one of my most popular requests in the last decade. Sadly, the above photos are the only ones I have of her wearing her pink Miss Priss hat, but I’ll never forget what she looked like while wearing them. This pattern is dedicated to her memory, Heather Nicole 1987-2009.

Give your mom the gift of handmade this Mother’s Day! Each Miss Priss hat is handmade with lots of love and care. If you purchase the pattern to make your own Miss Priss Hat on Ravelry here or Etsy here, make sure to tag your projects on Instagram with the hashtag #missprisshat and feel free to tag me @kountingsheep!

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Hermione Granny Stripe Blanket [Free Pattern]

In celebration of Harry Potter’s birthday today, I decided to reread all the books while working on a special scrap blanket. I’m calling this the Hermione Granny Stripe Blanket, because I can imagine Hermione stitching away on all her scrap yarn (with her magic knitting needles [or crochet hook in this case] of course) while reading a good book.

This pattern is slightly different from my Straight Granny Blanket Pattern, because I wanted something with a tighter weave. My main reason for posting this pattern is because I wanted to make this blanket with a larger hook size. I’m not claiming to be the first person to ever come up with this, I’m just wanting to offer my version of how I’m making this blanket, and I hope you find it helpful! Full pattern has been updated and added below as of September 2018!

If you would like to make your own Hermione Granny Stripe Blanket, feel free to use the hashtag #hermionegrannystripe on Instagram and tag me @kountingsheep because I’d love to see what you come up with! So with a big Happy Birthday to Harry, let’s get this blanket party started!

Download an ad-free version of the blanket on Ravelry here  or on Etsy here for a low cost. Please note that the below pattern contains affiliate links.

Hermione Granny Stripe Blanket

Size J Boye Ergonomic crochet hook (Get a full set of Boye Ergonomic crochet hooks here.)

Scrap worsted weight acrylic in various colors. Approximately 56 ounces or 2800 yards of yarn total (examples include Red Heart Soft, Vanna’s Choice, I Love This Yarn Worsted, Caron One Pound, Crafters Secret, and Lion Brand Heartland) Shop yarn online at Hobby Lobby here.

Tape measure, scissors, tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Learn to crochet with this book here.

Finished Measurements: 55 inches wide by 67 inches long

Gauge: Using Vanna’s Choice Yarn and Size J hook, 12 dc and 7 rows = 4×4 inches

Notes: Gauge is not essential for this project. For the blanket pictured in pattern, each color was used for 2 rows before changing colors. The pattern uses the traditional “Granny Stitch” with NO chains between each 3dc group. This gives the blanket a tighter fabric with smaller gaps. Chain a multiple of 3 + 2 to make your blanket bigger or smaller than pattern.

Abbreviations (US Terms): ch, chs – chain, chains
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
Rnd/Rnds –  round, rounds
RS – right side
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
sp, sps – space, spaces
st, sts – stitch, stitches
WS – wrong side

Body
With first color, Ch 155. 
Row 1 (RS):
 Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. (154 sc)
Row 2 (WS): Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 1 dc in same stitch, *skip next 2 sts, 3 dc in next st (known as 3dc group here and throughout). Repeat from * across to last 3 sts. Skip next 2 sts, 2 dc in last st, changing colors in last dc. Turn. (50 3dc groups + 2 dc; 155 dc total)
Row 3 (RS): With new color, ch 3. Skip next st, and working between the skipped st and the 3dc group, 3dc group. Work a 3dc group between each 3dc group of the previous row across to the last two sts. Skip next st, dc in last st. Turn. (51 3dc groups + 4 dc; 154 dc total)
Row 4 (WS): Ch 3, 1 dc in between the first st of the previous row and the first 3dc group. Work a 3dc group between each 3dc group of the previous row across to the last 4 sts. Skip next 3dc group, 1 dc in between the last two st. Dc in last st, changing colors to new color. Turn. (50 3dc groups + 2 dc; 155 dc total)

Repeat Rows 3-4 until Blanket measures 65 inches long or desired length, ending on a RS row. For the final row, Ch 1, sc in every st. Turn. Do NOT fasten off. Continue to Edging.

Edging
Rnd 1 (RS):
 Ch 1, (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in first st (this is the first corner), sc in each sc across top row. (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in next corner. Sc evenly around entire blanket, working (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in each remaining corner. Join with sl st to first sc.
Rnd 2 (RS): Ch 2 (does NOT count as hdc), hdc in same st as joining and each sc around, working 3 hdc in each corner ch-1 sp. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

For a video tutorial on how to crochet this pattern, watch this video on my YouTube channel.

See more of my patterns in my shop and on Ravelry!

*Pattern for personal use only. Please do NOT distribute copies of this pattern and do NOT sell copies of this pattern. You may sell finished items that you make using this pattern, but you are required to credit the original pattern/designer as follows: Made using a pattern from Kountingsheep by Jenny Galusha-Luna: http://kountingsheep.com

*Please note this post contains affiliate links. This means I receive a small commission when you shop through the link at no additional cost to you. All opinions and pictures contained in this post are my own.

WIP Wednesday: Loggy Squares Blanket

I am slowly making progress on crocheting one of my old patterns in order to update it. I’m loving these bright cheery squares! These colors together make me so happy. 

For a project like this, I would normally wait until all the squares are made to see them together. However I needed to be able to visualize what they would look like in a row as well as take some measurements, so I’ll be assembling them as I go. It will be fun to see this blanket take shape one row at a time. 

Check back soon to see when the Loggy Squares Blanket Pattern goes live. 

WIP Wednesday: Lipstick Granny Ripple 

For this weeks installment of work in progress Wednesday, I’m featuring my Lipstick Granny Ripple blanket. I started crocheting this blanket last year as a side project for myself to work on between my shop orders. With the rush of Christmas and birth of my second daughter in February, it got pushed aside into a closet. But as April 20 approaches, I wanted to finally finish this blanket that’s been 9 years in the making. 

The reason why April 20 is significant to me is because that is the day my sister Heather died 8 years ago. I had originally started knitting a blanket for her with this yarn to give her for what would end up being her last Christmas, but unfortunately I never finished it in time. The project sat in a bag for many years and several moves before last year I finally decided to repurpose the yarn into a different blanket for myself. The original pattern I picked wasn’t a good fit for this yarn, but for 6 years I didn’t have the heart to undo my work, even if it never made it to my sister. 

Now as the 8th anniversary approaches, I have a strong desire to finally finish this blanket so I can wrap it around my two babies. It’s sad they never got to meet their Aunt Missy, but there are traces of her everywhere in our house. 

The Lipstick Granny Ripple will be just one more memory to add to our family and remember the one who isn’t here. Working on a yarn project has always been a way for me to cope with hard things in my life, so it seemed appropriate to work on such a special blanket this time of year. Someday I hope to tell my girls about the story behind this blanket as they pull it out to play with and cuddle under year after year. We love you Heather, forever in our hearts! 

Mermaid Tail Blankets

Looking for a unique handmade gift to put under the tree this holiday season? Look no further than a handmade mermaid tail blanket, now available to order in my shop!

Available in child and adult sizes. Two styles available and 8 color options to choose from. 
Limited spots available to order. These blankets are made to order in the colors of your choice. Order by November 29th to ensure Christmas delivery! 

These warm and cozy lap blankets are sure to delight any mermaid lover in your life. Visit kountingsheepshop.etsy.com to order today!

Big Heart Baby Blanket Pattern

It’s been several years since I have released a new pattern, so now is the time! Introducing the new Big Heart Baby Blanket pattern! This digital pattern will help you crochet your own Big Heart blanket for the little ones in your life. Pattern includes written instructions and a color chart for the heart. You can grab a copy of the pattern in my shop here or on Ravelry here.

Big Heart Baby Blanket Pattern

Something new also available with this pattern is permission to sell finished items that you make using this pattern. Please remember that the pattern itself is for personal use only. Please do NOT distribute copies of this pattern and do NOT sell copies of this pattern. You may sell finished items that you make using this pattern, but you are required to credit the original pattern/designer as follows: Made using a pattern from Kounting Sheep by Jenny Galusha-Luna: http://kountingsheep.com

This pattern is great for beginners wanting to learn tapestry crochet, which is a technique where you carry the unused color yarn under your stitches as you do colorwork. Download your copy today!

Photo Friday: Favorite Ripple

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I am obsessed with this ripple pattern lately. I’m working on the edging of my second blanket using this pattern in a month, and I have plans for at least one more. Full blog post with finished blanket pictures coming soon.