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Crochet a Granny Square Blanket Using the Free Circle of Friends Pattern

Learn how to crochet a granny square blanket using the free Circle of Friends pattern. This tutorial will help you create a crochet blanket.

In today’s tutorial, I’m going to be showing you how I found this free granny square pattern and what steps I took to turn these squares into an actual blanket. You’ll find out my inspiration behind the colors, pattern choice, and a little fun backstory to my crochet journey!

If that’s something you’re interested in, then stay tuned. Otherwise, I’ve got loads of other free crochet patterns here on the blog for you to browse. So grab a cup of tea and take a look around!

crochet granny square blanket, circle of friends free pattern

To start of this post, I want to mention that this lovely granny square motif was created by Priscilla Hewitt and is currently a free pattern on her website. You’ll will find links to her website and pattern towards the bottom of this post.

Crochet Granny Square Using the Circle of Friends Pattern

So here’s that little backstory that I promised at the beginning of this post. I learned how to crochet when I was very young and didn’t pick it back up until I graduated from college. After I graduated, I found myself having a lot of time on my hands, while waiting and sending out resumes. Sounds kind of glamorous, totally wasn’t it. I don’t know about you, but waiting for callbacks on jobs, is one of the most exhausting, nerve-racking things ever.

As I was waiting, I found myself on Pinterest a lot! One day, I came across a cute crochet cardigan and thought to myself, I’ve got to make this. So there I was, hook and yarn in one hand, pattern in the other and I dove right in. After making that cardigan, I was pretty much hooked and haven’t put my crochet hook down since.

So that’s my little journey to crocheting. How I came across this granny square pattern, was pretty much the same way! After making the cardigan, I wanted to make a granny square project. So I went back to Pinterest, and that’s how I found the Circle of Friends pattern. I found out who it was made by and it happened to be a free pattern. Which if you’ve been crocheting for a while, it’s the most amazing thing when a designer offers their pattern for free.

Having designed quite a few crochet patterns and knowing the amount of work that goes into each pattern. It is pretty awesome when a crochet designer offers it for free! So let’s talk about the yarn and color choice of this pretty granny square blanket.

Circle of Friends crochet granny square blanket pattern
crochet granny square blanket a free pattern

Granny Square Yarn + Color Details

For my granny square colors, I chose to do a natural, creamy off white color and then for the inner circle, I went with a light pink color. I love the color combinations of these two colors and think they compliment each other nicely. Next time though, I’m going to use more colors. I think this granny square would look good with a variegated yarn or a planned color pooling yarn.

As far as yarn choice, I decided to go with cotton yarn. Cotton yarn is one of my favorite natural fibers to use, I love its durability and the overall look and feel of it. It’s also a great choice for making things for babies. I’ve made several crochet patterns out of cotton yarn, so its always my go to yarn. Yarn brand wise, I just went to my local Hobby Lobby and picked up their I love This Cotton Yarn and Crafter Secret Cotton Yarn Brand.

Both of these yarns are affordable and hold up well over the years. If you don’t have a Hobby Lobby near you, I would recommend going with Lion Brand yarn. They have a lot of different cotton yarn options available.

So to sum up what I chose for this project, here’s a quick guide:

Granny Square Pattern:Circle of Friends by Priscilla Hewitt
Yarn Color + Brand:Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton Yarn (Rose) + Crafter Secret (Ivory)
How to crochet a granny square blanket using the Circle of Friends granny square motif

Turning it Into a Blanket

For my granny square blanket, I ended up making a total of 25 squares. My measurements were 5 by 5, so I put 5 squares vertically and 5 squares horizontally. Then I seamed each square using the slip stitch method, click here to read through detailed post on how to seam your crochet granny square blanket together.

granny square blanket template

Circle of Friends Pattern Details

Granny Square Pattern:Circle of Friends by Priscilla Hewitt
Website:Pattern can be found here

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on crochet the Circle of Friends granny square. If you decide to make this pattern, leave a comment below on your yarn choice + color. I would love to hear what colors you decided on and how big you’re going to make your blanket.

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Crochet Granny Square Blanket free pattern

Pam

Sunday 11th of June 2023

After searching for awhile I found the pattern. Not sure how but I am on block 12. Can’t share pattern as I didn’t publish it originally. But persistently searching will pay off.

Nicky

Monday 12th of June 2023

Hi Pam, I searched as well and it seems like the website is down. But if you use the waybackmachine.org you can find the free pattern and download it to your desktop. That's what I did and it worked. 😊

Debbie

Saturday 1st of April 2023

Hi Nicky Can you advise how much yarn you used for the 5 x 5 Circle of Friends Crochet Granny Square blanket you made in the Hobby Lobby brand and what the yardage/meterage is in a ball. Thank you in advance, love this pattern and can't wait to make it.

Nicky

Tuesday 4th of April 2023

Hi there, I can't remember exactly how much yarn I used for the blanket. But for the pink color I used Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton Yarn in the color Rose (180 yards) and the rest of the blanket was made using Hobby Lobby Crafter Secret yarn in the color Ivory (120 yards). I do remember using quite a bit of the Ivory color and using only a few balls of the Rose color. This was one of my very first projects, so I did not keep good notes yet. I hope this helps though. Goodluck! 😊

Yvonne

Sunday 6th of November 2022

Wow! This blanket is just beautiful. I love the simplicity of the pattern and the colors. Thank you for sharing.

Nicky

Monday 7th of November 2022

Awww, thank you so much! I adore this square, it was such a fun project to work on.

Kim

Thursday 11th of August 2022

Where is the link to the pattern?

Nicky

Monday 15th of August 2022

Hi there, you can find the free pattern on Ravelry. All you have to do is search for Circle of Friends and it should pop up.

Loretta Kindsvater

Friday 24th of June 2022

I can't find circle of friends pattern could you se n d it

susie in the country

Sunday 9th of July 2023

@Nicky, presently today there is no link to the pattern. There are tutorials on YT but as far as I know, sadly no written pattern;(

Biana

Friday 12th of August 2022

@Loretta Kindsvater, I found it on Ravelry, free.

Nicky

Monday 27th of June 2022

Hi there, there should be a link where it says "Circle of Friends Pattern Details." That should bring you to a free booklet by the author for the free pattern.