This is a baby-blanket sized project made with 36 two-toned granny squares that were lined up to create a chevron design. I used 4 different colors – a base color plus 3 shades of purple to create an ombre effect. I used a joining method from Petals to Picots as well as Kara’s cluster edging instructions to finish the blanket.
To make the quilt, you’ll need 12 squares of each color combo: [gray + purple 1], [gray + purple 2] and [gray + purple 3]. The squares are made up of 2 triangles, one of each color, but the triangles are not exactly even from corner to corner. You’ll notice that at the corners where the triangles join, one corner is predominantly gray, and the opposite corner is predominantly purple. When you line up your squares to make the chevron pattern, make sure to line up the predominantly gray corners with each other, and the predominantly purple corners with each other as well. This helps ensure that your chevron comes out clean; otherwise, you’ll see a blip in the pattern where the extra color sticks out.
Unlike other granny squares, these are worked in a combination of rows and rounds, so there’s really no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ side to each square. This means you can flip them any which way in order to get the corners to line up cleanly. The quilt itself has a ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ side though, which you need to be aware of when joining the squares together
Once the corners are lined up, I joined them using this method from Petals to Picots where I put two squares together, right sides facing each other, and slip stitched the outside stitches together. One very important note: I found out through trial and error that the slip stitches have to be VERY LOOSE in order for the squares to not bunch up. (Next time, I might try a whip stitch.) I actually jumped up 2 hook sizes to create the slip stitches and still forced myself to work very loose stitches across.
Join the squares in each row with matching colored yarn. Then, when you join each row together, you’ll see that you can use one color to join the entire row.
The edging of the blanket is also from Petals to Picots. I used her Cluster Burst Afghan Edging Pattern, but I modified it for my own use. Using my base gray color and working through both loops, I worked 1 sc in each stitch around the entire quilt, while working 3 sc in each quilt corner. Then I followed Kara’s instructions starting from Round 6 using my base color to create only one round of clusters, then Round 7 and Round 8 using an accent color to finish off the piece.