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What come to mind when you want to keep warm? I think about a blanket or an afghan as a great option.

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.
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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

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The basic stitches are single crochet and double crochet. If you know the basics this should be very easy… if you are just starting out it may be a challenge until you finish your first square and then it is just repetition.

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.
This is lovely, I was totally going to make one of these but never learned how to make a granny square. Good job being a manly crafter.
bgartman3 years ago
That's really nice!
sdbigguy (author)  bgartman3 years ago
Thank you for the kind words... and its warm too!
Awesome! Very beautiful blanket!