As a child we often travelled to my maternal grandparent's house for the holidays. I loved my Grandma Cordelia's old house, especially all of its treasure-filled nooks and crannies and all of the big beds deep with homemade blankets, quilts and coverlets.

Sleeping in the cozy attic bedroom with my teenaged cousins, Marci and Shelly, was always the highlight for me. I loved eavesdropping on them talking about Leif Garrett, Shawn Cassidy and other exciting grown up stuff.

This holiday, in memory of Cordelia's snug house, I worked up my Giant, Giant Granny Square Blanket that would be equally at home in her house as in a Williamsburg, Brooklyn artist's loft.  I used our new Super Soft Merino in each of its 12 colors for a super soft, super warm and super welcoming blanket, perfect for all of your holiday guests!

Here's to a house full of cozy guests! --Joelle

Materials

Giant, Giant Granny Square Size

To make the blanket in the same size as above, but all one color, you'll need 53 skeins of Purl Soho's Super Soft Merino.

To make the blanket exactly like the one here, you'll need 58 skeins of  Purl Soho's Super Soft Merino in the following colors:

  • 28 skeins of Heirloom White
  • 1 skein Yellow Yellow
  • 1 skein Extra Green
  • 2 skeins Desert Blue
  • 2 skeins Peacock Blue
  • 3 skeins Timeless Navy (only wind two, I only needed a few yards of the third so you may not need it)
  • 3 skeins Soft Black
  • 3 skeins Toasted Charcoal
  • 3 skeins Oyster Gray
  • 4 skeins Red Zinnia (only wind three, I only needed a few yards of the fourth so you may not need it)
  • 4 skeins Clementine Orange
  • 4 skeins Super Pink

Very Large Size

To make the blanket in a Very Large Size, you'll need...

  • 16 skeins Heirloom White
  • 1 skein Yellow Yellow
  • 1 skein Extra Green
  • 1 skein Desert Blue
  • 1 skein Peacock Blue
  • 2 skeins Timeless Navy
  • 2 skeins Soft Black
  • 3 skeins Toasted Charcoal (only wind two, you may not need the third)
  • 3 skeins Oyster Gray
  • 3 skeins Red Zinnia
  • 3 skeins Clementine Orange
  • 4 skeins Hot Pink (only wind three, you may not need the fourth)

Throw Size

To make the blanket in a Throw Size, you'll need...

  • 12 skeins of Heirloom White
  • 1 skein of the first stripe color
  • 2 skeins of the second, third and fourth colors
  • 3 skeins of the fifth and sixth colors

Baby Size

To make the blanket in a Baby Blanket Size, you'll need...

  • 6 skeins of Heirloom White
  • 1 skein of the first stripe color
  • 2 skeins of the second and third stripe colors

All Sizes

You will also need...

Gauge

Approximately 2 3/4 double crochets = 1 inch

Sizes

4 sizes total:

Giant Giant Blanket (pictured above), measuring approximately 108 x 108. Pattern also includes includes three variations... a Very Large Blanket, a Throw Blanket and a Baby Blanket.

Note

This blanket is simply an enormous granny square! To learn how to make a basic Granny Square, visit our Tutorial right here. Then...

Patterns

Begin

Begin by making 10 rounds with Heirloom White.

Then work 2 rounds of each of the following colors, with 2 rounds of Heirloom White in between:

Yellow Yellow, Extra Green, Desert Blue, Peacock Blue, Timeless Navy, Soft Black, Toasted Charcoal, Oyster Gray, Red Zinnia, Clementine Orange, and Super Pink. Finish with two rounds of Heirloom White.

Variation 1: Very Large Blanket

The original blanket ended up being truly giant! If you want a very large blanket but not a giant blanket we promise that the version below is quite enough! Finished measurements: approximately 84-inches x 84-inches.

For a blanket in the same colors as above, begin by doing only 2 rounds of Heirloom White in the center instead of 10.

Variation 2: Throw Blanket

For a throw size blanket, use your 6 favorite stripe colors from the pattern above:

Begin with 10 rounds of heirloom white, then alternate two rows of color with 2 rounds of Heirloom White, ending with 2 rounds of Heirloom White.

Variation 3: Baby Blanket

For a baby size blanket, use your 3 favorite stripe colors from the pattern above:

Begin with 10 rounds of heirloom white, then alternate two rows of color with 2 rounds of Heirloom White, ending with 2 rounds of Heirloom White.