Early steps in crochet – my Magpie Baby Blanket

I’m still getting to grips with crocheting but find granny squares mildly addictive. My latest creation is this summery baby blanket in Patons Summer Cotton. The yarn is a deliciously soft chunky-weight mix of cotton (44%), acrylic (36%) and polyamide (20%). It’s also machine washable – a ‘must’ for a baby blanket, in my opinion.


I’ve called it my Magpie Baby Blanket because I’ve snatched ideas and patterns from several different sources. The  idea of a large granny square blanket is from Purl Soho’s Giant, Giant Granny Square Blanket. I regularly visit their website for inspiration and they have a good range of free patterns so it’s well worth a look.

The basic granny square pattern is from Crochet Unravelled by Claire Bojczuk. This little book is the ideal starting point for learning to crochet with clear instructions and detailed illustrations for both right and left-handed crocheters. Using a 6.5mm crochet hook I worked  10 rounds in Ivory, then *2 rounds of Pool,  2 rounds of Ivory, 2 rounds of Coral, 2 rounds of Ivory. I then repeated the colour sequence from * once more.

For the edging I followed the Granny Blanket Edging from Lucy at Attic 24 – another excellent source of inspiration. I used all three colours instead of the single colour used by Lucy. In my inexperience, I didn’t appreciate that the coral chain would be largely hidden by the white crescents but am rather pleased with the way it just peeps through.


Happy crocheting x