My crochet skills come from being a little kid sitting with my mom as a kid… I couldn’t really get the grasp of knitting… pearl one, knit one cast on, cast off, etc. Mom figured that maybe I could handle crochet with a single and a double stitch, I am sure that there are a lot more things that go into crocheting but that is at far as I got.
This can be a very easy and non-brain-tasking project. One you get into the swing of things it almost becomes mindless. You will be making a bunch of granny squares and then crocheting then together to make a blanket. I will give you some basic measurements but the finish project will depend on you.
Step 1: Tools and Material
Crochet hook (I like a large hook – G, I have big manly hands)
Yarn in various colors (I used Red Heart 100% acrylic in various colors that I thought would go together well).
NOTE: I choose 100% acrylic yarn because it make the finished afghan machine washable.
Step 2: Getting Started
With single you make a knotted loop in the end of the yarn and make a chain. After you have six stitches you close the loop and have a small ring, chain two more stiches and start you double crochet. Loop the yard around the hook, insert the hook through the ring, grab the yard and bring it through the yarn until you have a single loop, repeat.
At this point you are ready for a corner, to single crochet and then three double crochet. Do this two more times and then close the loop. You should have a square that looks like it has four petals.
Step 3: Keep Plugging Along
Chain two stitches and begin the process around again. The only change on this row is that it isn’t a corner you don’t need the two chains between the double crochet stitches.
Step 4: Putting It All Together
Note. Make sure that any knots that you make, either switching from one ball or skein of yarn to another or when you finish a square, are secure. Nothing can ruin your day more that having a square unravel once you have an afghan completed (this is experience talking).
I got into production mode and just made as many squares as a skein would allow and then switch to another color. Once all the squares are done it is almost like a jigsaw puzzle to put the colors in what ever order you like.
Step 5: The Finishing Touches
I double crocheted around the side four times to give it a finished look. It is very warm and toasty and great for sitting on the couch watching television and a chilly night.