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Solid Granny Square Blanket – Criss Cross Crochet Blanket Pattern

The Criss Cross Blanket is a deceptively easy solid granny square crochet blanket that uses beginner stitches and clever construction to create a fabulously delicate yet cosy look and feel. A great crochet motif project if you’re looking for a quick and easy beginner crochet blanket to make.

With video tutorials for both the solid granny square motif and the different joining methods I use, it’s a great first project for anyone just learning to crochet or will be a breeze for those of you that are more experienced.

You can carry on reading to find the free pattern here in this blogpost or purchase an ad-free, printable PDF version of the Criss Cross Blanket pattern in my pattern store to download and print.

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About the Solid Granny Square Blanket

If like me you absolutely love making crochet blankets but are after something just a little but different then this one is for you.

The blanket isn’t just a set of crochet motifs all joined together, it’s four sets of four small motifs that are then joined and bordered to create four larger squares. These four squares are then joined and a final border is added to the entire blanket to finish.

It gives the fabulous patterning of the chain spaces and creates the impression of a really complicated pattern but in reality it’s so easy!

Pattern Options

This solid granny square blanket pattern is a free crochet pattern in both UK and US terms on the blog for everyone to enjoy, just scroll down to find it. If you’d prefer to purchase an ad free version you can find them here:

Purchase and Print >>> Find the Criss Cross Crochet Blanket on Etsy.

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Yarn

To make the Criss Cross Blanket I used Paintbox Yarn Simply Aran which is 100% acrylic, 184m/100g and great value for money.

I used 6 balls of Washed Teal (which is such dreamy colour to work with).

A great alternative yarn is Mighty Stitch Yarn by WeCrochet which is also 100% acrylic and fabulous to work with too.

Both of these yarns come in a beautiful range of colours so you can tailor your blanket to suit whoever or wherever you are making it for.

Tension and Sizing

The finished blanket measures 92cm by 92cm.

Each motif measures 13cm by 13cm but tension isn’t critical for this project.

Materials

Along with your yarn, you will need the following:

Glossary and Abbreviations

ch(s) – chain(s)

ss – slip stitch

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

RS – right side

sk – skip

rep – repeat

Crochet Stitches

The solid granny square blanket uses the following crochet stitches:

Standard UK Crochet TermStandard US Crochet Term
dc – double crochetsc – single crochet
tr – treble crochetdc – double crochet

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Pattern Notes

The blanket is made up of 16 small square motifs that are then joined together in sets of 4 to make large squares.

Each of these larger squares has a border worked around it before joining them and then completing the entire blanket with a border to finish.

You can can seam your motifs however you would like but I have 3 favourite ways of joining crochet squares together that you might enjoy learning.

A ch3 at the beginning of a round always counts as a stitch.

Video Tutorials

Watch a video tutorial >>> of the small solid granny square motif here.

Watch a video tutorial >>> of how to join crochet motifs together here.

Criss Cross Crochet Blanket Pattern

Standard UK Crochet Terms

Make 16 small square motifs as follows:

Foundation chain: ch5, ss in first ch to make a ring

Round 1: ch3, 2tr into ring, ch3, *3tr into ring, ch3; rep from *two more times, ss in 3rd of ch3 to join [12tr, 4 ch3-sps]

Round 2: ch3, tr in next 2sts, (2tr, ch3, 2tr) into ch3-sp, *tr in next 3 sts, (2tr, ch3, 2tr) into ch3-sp; rep from *two more times, ss in 3rd of ch3 to join [28tr, 4 ch3-sps]

Round 3: ch3, tr in next 4 sts, (2tr, ch3, 2tr) into ch3-sp, *tr in next 7 sts, (2tr, ch3, 2tr) into ch3-sp; rep from *two more times, tr in next 2 sts, ss in 3rd of ch3 to join [44tr, 4 ch3-sps]

Round 4: ch3, tr in next 6 sts, (2tr, ch3, 2tr) into ch3-sp, *tr in next 11 sts, (2tr, ch3, 2tr) into ch3-sp; rep from *two more times, tr in next 4 sts, ss in 3rd of ch3 to join [60tr, 4 ch3-sps] 

Fasten off.

Join the small squares:

Lightly block your squares to the same size and then lay out in sets of 4 to join to make 4 larger squares.

Join each set of 4 small squares with a dc seam to the WS. 

Border the larger squares:

Each of the the 4 larger squares now needs a border added before joining them all together. With RS facing, join yarn to any corner ch3-sp.

Round 1: (ch3, tr, ch3, 2tr) in corner ch3-sp, * tr in next 13 sts, ch2, skip next 2 sts, 2tr in ch-sp, ch1, 2tr in next ch-sp, ch2, skip 2tr, tr in next 13 sts, ** (2tr, ch3, 2tr) in corner ch3-sp, rep from * three more times, ending the third rep at **, ss in 3rd of ch3 to join. 

Round 2: ch3, tr in next st, (2tr, ch3, 2tr) in ch3-sp, * tr  in next 13 sts, ch2, skip next 2 sts, 2tr in ch-sp, tr in next 2 sts, ch1, tr in next 2 sts, 2tr in next ch-sp, ch2, skip 2tr, tr in next 13 sts, ** (2tr, ch3, 2tr) in corner ch3-sp, rep from * three more times, ending the third rep at **, tr in next 11 sts, ss in 3rd of ch3 to join. 

Round 3: ch3, tr in next 3 sts, (2tr, ch3, 2tr) in ch3-sp, *tr in next 13 sts, ch2, skip 2 sts, 2tr in ch2-sp, tr in next 4 sts, ch1, tr in next 4 sts,  2tr in ch2-sp, ch2, skip 2, ** tr in next 13 tr, (2tr, ch3, 2tr) in ch3-sp; rep from * three more times, ending the third rep at **, tr in next 9 sts, ss in 3rd of ch3 to join 

Round 4: ch3, tr in next 5 sts, (2tr, ch3, 2tr) in ch3-sp, *tr in next 13 sts, ch2, skip 2 sts, 2tr in ch2-sp, tr in next 6 sts, ch1, tr in next 6 sts,  2tr in ch2-sp, ch2, skip 2, ** tr in next 13 tr, (2tr, ch3, 2tr) in ch3-sp; rep from * three more times, ending the third rep at **, tr in next 7 sts, ss in 3rd of ch3 to join

Fasten off.

Repeat Rounds 1-4 of the large border instructions for each of the 4 squares, then join them with a dc seam to the RS.

Border the entire blanket:

With the 4 larger squares now join, with RS facing, join the yarn into any corner ch3-sp to work the final border.

Round 1: (ch3, tr, ch3, 2tr) in corner ch3-sp, * tr in next 15 sts, 2tr in ch2-sp, tr in next 8 sts, ch1, tr in next 8 sts, 2tr in ch2-sp, tr in next 15 sts**, 2tr in ch2-sp, ch1, 2tr in ch2-sp, rep from * to ** (2tr, ch3, 2tr) in corner ch3-sps; repeat this pattern around, ss in 3rd of ch3 to join 

Round 2: ch3, tr in next st, (2tr, ch3, 2tr) in corner ch3-sps, tr in each st and chain around, ss in 3rd of ch3 to join.

Round 3: ch3, tr in next 3 sts, (2tr, ch3, 2tr) in corner ch3-sps, tr in each st and chain around, ss in 3rd of ch3 to join.

Round 4: ch1, dc in each st and ch around, ss in first st to join. 

Fasten off and weave in ends to complete. 

Solid Granny Square Criss Cross Crochet Blanket pattern 3

Standard US Crochet Terms

Make 16 small square motifs as follows:

Foundation chain: ch5, ss in first ch to make a ring

Round 1: ch3, 2dc into ring, ch3, *3dc into ring, ch3; rep from *two more times, ss in 3rd of ch3 to join [12dc, 4 ch3-sps]

Round 2: ch3, dc in next 2sts, (2dc, ch3, 2dc) into ch3-sp, *dc in next 3 sts, (2dc, ch3, 2dc) into ch3-sp; rep from *two more times, ss in 3rd of ch3 to join [28dc, 4 ch3-sps]

Round 3: ch3, dc in next 4 sts, (2dc, ch3, 2dc) into ch3-sp, *dc in next 7 sts, (2dc, ch3, 2dc) into ch3-sp; rep from *two more times, dc in next 2 sts, ss in 3rd of ch3 to join [44dc, 4 ch3-sps]

Round 4: ch3, dc in next 6 sts, (2dc, ch3, 2dc) into ch3-sp, *dc in next 11 sts, (2dc, ch3, 2dc) into ch3-sp; rep from *two more times, dc in next 4 sts, ss in 3rd of ch3 to join [60dc, 4 ch3-sps] 

Fasten off.

Join the small squares:

Lightly block your squares to the same size and then lay out in sets of 4 to join to make 4 larger squares.

Join each set of 4 small squares with a sc seam to the WS. 

Border the larger squares:

Each of the the 4 larger squares now needs a border added before joining them all together. With RS facing, join yarn to any corner ch3-sp.

Round 1: (ch3, dc, ch3, 2dc) in corner ch3-sp, * dc in next 13 sts, ch2, skip next 2 sts, 2dc in ch-sp, ch1, 2dc in next ch-sp, ch2, skip 2dc, dc in next 13 sts, ** (2dc, ch3, 2dc) in corner ch3-sp, rep from * three more times, ending the third rep at **, ss in 3rd of ch3 to join. 

Round 2: ch3, dc in next st, (2dc, ch3, 2dc) in ch3-sp, * dc  in next 13 sts, ch2, skip next 2 sts, 2dc in ch-sp, dc in next 2 sts, ch1, dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next ch-sp, ch2, skip 2tr, dc in next 13 sts, ** (2dc, ch3, 2dc) in corner ch3-sp, rep from * three more times, ending the third rep at **, dc in next 11 sts, ss in 3rd of ch3 to join. 

Round 3: ch3, dc in next 3 sts, (2dc, ch3, 2dc) in ch3-sp, *dc in next 13 sts, ch2, skip 2 sts, 2dc in ch2-sp, dc in next 4 sts, ch1, dc in next 4 sts,  2dc in ch2-sp, ch2, skip 2, ** dc in next 13 dc, (2dc, ch3, 2dc) in ch3-sp; rep from * three more times, ending the third rep at **, dc in next 9 sts, ss in 3rd of ch3 to join 

Round 4: ch3, dc in next 5 sts, (2dc, ch3, 2dc) in ch3-sp, *dc in next 13 sts, ch2, skip 2 sts, 2dc in ch2-sp, dc in next 6 sts, ch1, dc in next 6 sts,  2dc in ch2-sp, ch2, skip 2, ** dc in next 13 dc, (2dc, ch3, 2dc) in ch3-sp; rep from * three more times, ending the third rep at **, dc in next 7 sts, ss in 3rd of ch3 to join 

Fasten off.

Repeat Rounds 1-4 of the large border instructions for each of the 4 squares, then join them with a sc seam to the RS.

Border the entire blanket:

With the 4 larger squares now join, with RS facing, join the yarn into any corner ch3-sp to work the final border.

Round 1: (ch3, dc, ch3, 2dc) in corner ch3-sp, * dc in next 15 sts, 2dc in ch2-sp, dc in next 8 sts, ch1, dc in next 8 sts, 2dc in ch2-sp, dc in next 15 sts**, 2dc in ch2-sp, ch1, 2dc in ch2-sp, rep from * to ** (2dc, ch3, 2dc) in corner ch3-sps; repeat this pattern around, ss in 3rd of ch3 to join 

Round 2: ch3, dc in next st, (2dc, ch3, 2dc) in corner ch3-sps, dc in each st and chain around, ss in 3rd of ch3 to join.

Round 3: ch3, dc in next 3 sts, (2dc, ch3, 2dc) in corner ch3-sps, dc in each st and chain around, ss in 3rd of ch3 to join.

Round 4: ch1, sc in each st and ch around, ss in first st to join. 

Fasten off and weave in ends to complete. 

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