Welcome to Couch Surfer Crochet! We are now on Week 4 of the Stash Buster Granny Square Crochet Along!
This blanket pattern is designed to be a stash buster! Each week we will be creating a “SET” number of squares, but it is totally creatively open! Colors are all up to YOU! Each week the pattern is the basic granny square, the unique look comes from when we do color changes on each square.
If you’ve never heard the term “stash buster” before, it’s when you have LOTS and LOTS of bits of yarn with no idea what to do with them! I designed this pattern with the intention that it would be very colorful and very random. I didn’t want any two squares to look alike. Of course, if you want to make each week of squares exactly the same, that’s totally up to you! I think that would be a stunning finished piece if that’s what you choose to do!
What you will need:Yarn: Size 4 (medium weight) yarn. I used mostly Red Heart and Impeccable yarns since most of my stash comes from Michaels stores!
***since I used yarn from my stash I don’t have an exact amount needed, but I know you will need at least 400 yards of one solid color to do the joining and border!
Hook: Size I/9 5.5mm
Each week I will be referring to Color A, Color B, and Color C. These letters do not refer to a specific color, but an indication to change to a NEW color. Since this is a stash buster, I just threw all of my yarn bits into a bag and grabbed one at random for each color change. How you change colors is totally up to you!
The square for week one will look like this when it’s finished:
Now onto the pattern for Week 1! We will be making 16 (SIXTEEN) of these squares.
R1: Using Color A, Ch 5, join with a slip stitch (sl st) to the 1st ch to form circle
R2: Ch 3, 2dc in circle, *ch 3, 3dc in circle, repeat twice, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch3
R3: Switch to Color B: Starting in corner, Ch 3, 2dc in same sp, ch 3, 3dc, *ch 1, [3dc, ch 3, 3dc], repeat from * twice, ch 1, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch3
R4: Switch to Color C: Starting in corner, Ch 3, [2dc, ch 3, 3dc in first corner], 3dc, * ch 1, 3dc in next ch sp, ch 1, (3 dc, 3 ch, 3 dc) in corner sp, repeat from * around, ch 1, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch3
R5: Ch 3, TURN, 2dc in same ch sp, ch 1, *[3dc, ch 3, 3dc] in corner, ch 1, 3dc in next ch sp, ch 1, 3dc in next ch sp, ch 1, 3dc in next ch sp, ch 1, repeat from * around to last corner, ch 1, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch3
R6: Ch 3, TURN, 2dc in same ch sp, ch 1, *3dc in next ch sp, ch 1, 3dc in next ch sp, ch 1, 3dc in next ch sp, ch 1, [3dc, ch 3, 3dc] in corner, ch 1, repeat from * around, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch3
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Looking for other patterns to try?! Now that fall is here, I am making lots of hats. See this post for 5 free beanie and hat patterns! And you can check out my ETSY shop or my Ravelry store for more patterns, too.
If you’re looking for another BIG (but super fun) project to take on, check out the Hip to be Square Crochet Along or the Mixed Stitch Blanket Crochet Along. Both of these were my 2017 Crochet Along patterns. We are now finished with these projects so both patterns are completely available! You can work on them at your leisure!
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