A year ago for my birthday my husband bought me a beautiful Scheepjes minis box (way better than a box of chocolates, yes?) and it was sitting pride of place among my stash for a long time before I finally decided that I would make a blanket from those little balls of pure joy.
I really wanted to design and make something that would use up each ball of yarn equally, while at the same time making sure that I had a little bit of yarn left to make a yarn peg or colour swatch. (This is so handy to have for future projects and general colour inspiration).
A few months ago, my family and I moved from the UK to New York, USA, and after all the strenuous upheaval and unpacking, when I laid my eyes on this box again, I knew that I needed the comfort of some crochet, but something simple and meditative to go alongside some other projects that I had ticking along. So I started crocheting various granny squares until I got a square that used up all the yarn in the ball nicely (leaving a little for a color swatch). I found using a different colour for each square so thrilling and therapeutic; therefore I decided to name this design the Mini Therapy Blanket.
You will also need some MC for joining the squares together, using the join-as-you-go method (which I will include in ‘Part 2’) and I opted for ‘Moonstone’ in this range (6 balls).
1 scheepjes mini pack
5mm crochet hook (or size needed to obtain gauge)
MC (6 balls needed for blanket in same range – I’ve opted for ‘Moonstone’)
Tension: 14×14 cm over first 4 rounds approx
UK TERMINOLOGY USED
Using 1 mini ball chain 5 and sl st into 1st ch to form ring
Rnd 1: 3 ch (counts as 1st tr) and 15 tr into ring, sl st to top of beg 3-ch to join. (16 tr)
Rnd 2: 3 ch (counts as 1st tr) and 2 tr into same st used to join, 1 ch, miss 1, *[3 tr, 2 ch, 3 tr] in next st, 1 ch, miss 1, 3 tr in next st, 1 ch, miss 1, rep from * to last 2 sts, [3 tr, 2 ch, 3 tr] into next st, 1 ch, miss 1, join to top of beg 3-ch to join.
Rnd 3: 4 ch (counts as 1st tr and 1 ch) and from now on working into ch spaces, 3 tr, 1 ch into each 1-ch sp from previous round, working [3 tr, 2 ch, 3 tr] into each corner 2-ch sp. 2 more tr in final 1-ch sp and join to 3 ch from bottom of beg 4-ch with sl st.
Rnd 4: 3 ch, 2 tr into next ch-sp, 1 ch, continue with 3tr, 1 ch in each ch-sp, working [3 tr, 2 ch, 3 tr] into each corner 2-ch sp. finish with sl st into top of beg 3-ch. Fasten off
Rnd 5: Using MC join to any ch-sp, 3 ch (counts as 1st tr) and 2 tr more into same sp, 1 ch, continue working 3 tr, 1 ch into each ch sp around working [3tr, 2 ch, 3 tr] into each 2-ch corner sp. sl st to to of beg 3-ch to join. Fasten off (please note; this is only worked like this for the first granny square – the join-as-you-go method will then commence which will follow in part 2. You can still go ahead and crochet the squares up until round 4 though!)
Happy crocheting – follow me on Instagram @loveandloop and tag me in your makes so I can see them! #minitherapyblanket