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Black-Eyed Susan Flower Granny Square Blanket Step-by-Step Tutorial

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The Black-Eyed Susan has been the official Maryland flower since 1918 [source]. Having grown up and lived in Maryland most of my life, this is what inspired the initial design for this blanket: black centers, yellow petals, with white for the granny square part to square-off the flower and connect the square to make a blanket.

black-eyed susan crocheted granny squares and flowers

Follow along below using my step-by-step tutorial.

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Materials

  • Loops & Threads Impeccable Yarn in and black, butterscotch (yellow), and white. (I got mine from Michaels.) Amounts will vary depending on how many granny squares you make / how big or small you want your blanket. For the amounts I used you can see my project on Ravelry here »
  • Size G/6 – 4.25mm crochet hook
  • scissors

Measurement / Sizing

My granny squares measured up at about 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches.

For reference: I ended up making 81 squares to make a 9 x 9 blanket. At the end my blanket (including the border and everything) measured approximately 40 inches x 40 inches.

Abbreviations

This pattern uses US terms.
CH – chain
CH SP – chain space
SL ST – slip stitch
DC – double crochet
TR – treble/tripple crochet
YO – yarn over

Treble Crochet Explained

Before making this blanket, I’d never done a treble crochet stitch. It’s abbreviated as TR and sometimes called a “triple crochet stitch.” If you’re more of a visual learner, here’s a great picture tutorial from Yarnspirations, but I’ve also written out how to do a TR below:

  • YO twice
  • Insert hook + YO + pull through
  • You should have 4 loops on your hook
  • YO + pull through 2 loops + YO + pull through 2 more loops
  • 2 loops left on hook
  • YO + pull through last 2 loops on the hook

Pattern

FLOWER CENTERS

  • Using the black yarn, make a magic circle. (This is my favorite magic circle tutorial.)
  • CH 3 (counts as first DC) + 11 DC into the circle
  • Join with a SL ST in the top of the first CH-3
  • Double check: you should have 12 DC total
  • DO NOT fasten off. Leave a loop to join the yellow in the next step!

I made all of my flower centers at once and then moved on to adding the petals to all of my already made centers. You can do it this way or make each square as you go along.

FLOWER PETALS

Tip: To avoid having to weave in all your ends all at once and the end, weave in / hide the black yarn tail while making the petals with the yellow yarn.

First Petal:

  • Using the yellow yarn, invisibly change colors using the black loop from the previous step. (Here’s my favorite way to do that if you need some assistance.)
  • CH 4 (counts as 1st TR)
  • 2 more TR into the same stitch — for a total of 3 TR (in the same stitch)
  • Make the petal point:
    • Pull the loop on your crochet hook up a little extra so it doesn’t accidentally get pulled out.
    • Remove your crochet hook (making sure not to lose the loop) & insert it into the top of the 1st TR of the petal.
    • Insert your crochet hook into the free loop (from the 3rd TR of the petal that you just pulled up) and pull it through to create the petal point.

Remaining Petals:

  • * CH 2
  • 3 TR into the next stitch
  • Make the petal point:
    • Pull the loop on your crochet hook up a little extra so it doesn’t accidentally get pulled out.
    • Remove your crochet hook (making sure not to lose the loop) & insert it into the top of the 1st TR of the petal.
    • Insert your crochet hook into the free loop and pull it through to create the petal point. *
  • repeat * to * 10 times
  • Double check: you should have a total of 12 petals.
  • CH 2
  • Join with SL ST in the top of the first petal
  • Fasten off.

GRANNY SQUARING OFF THE FLOWER

Tip: To avoid having to weave in all your ends all at once and the end, weave in / hide the yellow yarn tail while making the DC in this step.

  • Join the white yarn in the CH SP just before where you fastened off the yellow yarn. (This will help you hide the yellow knot under the DC stitches in this step.)
  • Make a corner:
    • CH 3 (counts as first DC)
    • 2 DC in CH SP between the two petals
    • CH 2
    • 3 DC
  • * 3 DC in each of the next two spaces
  • Corner again: [3 DC + CH 2 + 3 DC] all in the same CH SP *
  • Continue around repeating * to * until you get to the beginning CH 3.
  • Slip stitch into the top of the beginning CH 3
  • Fasten off — Granny Square is complete! 🙂

JOINING THE SQUARES

I followed the Continuous Join As You Go with PLT (pull loop through) method. Below is a great tutorial from Hooked by Robin, which I followed but with some changes. I used SC instead of DC. And I inserted the hook through the first SC and not the 2nd SC. You can see the pinned comment mentions doing this and some of the people who replied tried it the way I tried it. I had no issue and preferred how this looked. Here’s the video:

DO NOT FASTEN OFF! When you get to the point where you’re done with this step — continue on to make the blanket border.

BLANKET BORDER

Starting with the loop from the slip stitch in the previous step, do 1 row of DC all the way around, with 3 DC in each corner. This will tidy things up and make for a clean foundation for any additional border you’d like to add on. Here’s the video tutorial from Hooked by Robin as well:

You can finish here or add on a fancier border.

Here’s what I did:

  • 1 row of SC all the way around using the same black yarn that I used for the flower centers.
  • 1 row of SC all the way around using the same yellow yarn that I used for the flower petals.
  • 1 row of DC all the way in white.
  • Crab stitch to finish things off. Here’s the video tutorial I followed from Bella Coco:
edging on black-eyed susan crocheted granny square flower blanket
Here’s how my edging turned out

Inspiration for this Blanket:

As always, I’d love to hear what you thought of this pattern and if you made the blanket. Leave a comment below, or find me on Instagram ( @YarnAndChocolate).

Cheers,
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