My name is Melissa, and I've been a professional nanny since 2008. I have also been crocheting since childhood, and recently began creating my own crochet patterns. I host a podcast where I ask fellow nannies for tips and recommendations on ways to move forward in the nanny world. I'm also an amateur toddler chef.
How To Make a Graphghan!
Before starting your blanket, you might need to go to
your local yarn or hobby store. You can also buy the majority of these items
pretty easily online. If this is your first time making a graphghan, I
recommend buying your supplies in person, so you can touch the yarn. Plus, if
you have questions, the staff can help.
Remember to match your dye lot numbers! Colors can
vary slightly with each dye lot, and you don’t want your background color to vary
slightly. I created my blanket with Red Heart brand yarn, which doesn’t use dye
lots, which means I didn’t have to match any numbers. Just check the label, and
if it says “No Dye Lot” you have one less thing to worry about. If you are
making your graphghan in the same colors, here is my list (they are all Red
Heart Super Saver brand):
Blue – 3 skeins
Bright White – 2 skeins
Pretty ‘n’ Pink
OTHER CROCHET BASICS:
Size H 5.0mm hook – I recommend spending the extra
money and getting one with an ergonomic handle. Your hand and wrist will thank
Tapestry needle – Again, I recommend spending a bit
more and getting a metal needle instead of the plastic ones. I used to use
plastic, but when I broke my third one, I realized a strong metal one is
actually more cost-effective.
Scissors – Nothing special, just a pair that can cut
Stitch markers – These are optional, but they can be a
lifesaver if you need to stop mid-project. You don’t want your hard work
clips – Just basic hair clips. They help your balls of yarn turning into a hot
mess of tangled colors. These are also optional, but if you have a few lying
around your home, they can be very helpful.
PREPPING YOUR YARN:
Now that you’ve brought all of your new yarn and
accessories home, you need to ball your yarn. I recommend making a ball around
the size of a baseball. You should get 3 or 4 balls of yarn out of each skein.
Use a hair clip to fasten the end of the yarn to the ball.
A graphghan blanket is essentially a series of
squares, created diagonally. If you have never made a graphghan, make a few
squares, just to practice. Your work will look like a triangle, while you are
in the 3rd chain, double crochet in each of the 3 chains. This is
your first square!
you need a new color, change here* Chain 5 stitches
in the 3rd chain, double crochet in each of the 3 chains.
your work, *if you need a new color, change here* and make a slip stitch into
the top right corner of your first square.
3 double crochets into the chain in your first square. Your second row is done!
Continue repeating steps 3-7, and continue making your
triangle grow. Each row will have one more square than the previous.
When it is time to start decreasing, make a slip stitch
into your previous row. Now continue making your graph following these
your work. Make 2 slip stitches into the side of your previous square
you need a new color, change here* Chain 2 stitches
3 double crochets into the previous row’s square
making squares the same way as before. When you get to the end of the row, make
a slip stitch into the previous row.
When it’s time to change colors, leave a long end. You
want 4 or 5 inches, so weaving in the ends later will be easier. Also, if you
want your blanket to look nice on both sides, don’t carry your yarn over unless
it can hide easily. Yes, this means you’ll have a lot of ends to weave in, but
your work will look so much better.
To weave your ends in, thread an end into your
tapestry needle. Now weave the end into the same color, through at least 3
stitches (I like to do 4 or 5). Then weave it back through the same stitches,
but skip the very first one. Finally, weave it back through a third time,
skipping the very first stitch. This will stop your yarn from unraveling or
fraying. I have put my blankets through a washing machine, and the ends do not