Granny Square Blanket with Patons Big Fab

I did it! I made my first ever granny square blanket.

It seems remarkable that until a few months ago I had no idea what a granny square was. But then, until a few months ago, I had never crocheted.

Granny Square
What a Granny Square looks like

When I lived in Bombay and was still commuting, I would see women crocheting doilies in the train. It looked very complicated and not like a lot of fun. So I kind of decided that crocheting was not for me. And let it be at that.

Last year, I discovered loom knitting.

Eric the owl
Eric the loom knitted owl

A few projects later, I moved on to crocheting. Just like that.

I have now crocheted a few scarves, a couple of hats and a baby blanket.


My granny square blanket, however, is the biggie and I am ever so proud of it.

I have used Patons Big Fab variegated yarn; about 70% of the yarn was purchased in the very awesome haberdashery at House of Fraser in Plymouth. When Laurence bought them for me last year, I was a bit overwhelmed. There were skeins and skeins of yarns and I had no idea what I was going to do with it all. And yet, here I am 🙂


  • The blanket measures 6 feet by 7 feet (approximately) and I have used 18 balls of Patons Big Fab.
  • I used a 10mm crochet hook
  • Each granny square was approximately a square foot
  • Each square took me about 45 minutes to make and I did the entire blanket over a period of a month and half, usually in the evenings when watching the telly
  • I have used the single crochet binding method to join the squares
  • This is the pattern I followed to make my granny square – the only difference is that instead of using different yarns, I used a variegated one
  • If you are making a granny square blanket for the first time, I suggest you use a super chunky strand; it makes the project go by a lot quicker than if you were to use a double knit or even Aran.