Something happens when you’re in your 30s: Everyone you know starts having babies. When my friends first started having babies, I could afford (with both time and money) to make them blankets like The Owl Obsession. But that blanket, and other similar blankets, require a lot of squares that need to be blocked, sewn together, and countless ends sewn in. And, after making the owl obsession blanket, the kids aren’t even allowed to use it because their parents don’t want them to ruin it.

After 3 friends in one week told me they were expecting babies this summer, I decided I needed a quick and easy go-to blanket that could be done quickly, and with yarn that is easy to acquire, or that I might already have in my stash. I like the look of granny squares, but don’t always like the aforementioned time and effort, so I decided to make 4 super-sized granny squares that would be quick to make, and even quicker to stitch together. And who says all baby things need to be pastel? Rainbow is gender-neutral, but feel free to experiment with various color combos.

This pattern uses bulky weight yarn, and I used a variety of brands, but mostly Loops and Threads Charisma and Bernat Softee chunky, to get the color shades I wanted. You’ll only need a skein of each color, with the exception of color A (white), of which you’ll want at least 2 skeins, depending on how wide  you’ll want your border. If you want your border another color, be sure to pick up an extra skein. But if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to stock up on your colors of choice so you can whip this up whenever you need it!

What you’ll need: 

L Hook

Bulky weight yarn in the following colors:

A=white
B=red
C=orange
D=yellow
E=green
F=blue
G=purple

*A note on the color pattern: I made two squares with the color pattern listed below, starting with red (B), and ending with purple (G). For the other two squares, I reversed that color pattern, so I started with purple, and ended with red. At the beginning of each round, pull up the color indicated. I carried color A with me, instead of fastening off every row.

Round 1: with (B), make a circle, ch 2
12 dc in circle, join
Round 2: (A) ch 1, 2 sc in each st (24), join
Round 3: (C) ch 1, *[dc, ch 3, dc] in same corner st, dc in next 5 st, repeat from *, end by joining to 1st dc
Round 4: (A) ch 1, *[sc, ch 3, sc], in ch 3 sp, sc in next 7 st, repeat from *, end by joining to 1st sc
Round 5: (D) ch 2, [dc, ch 3, 2 dc] in 1st ch sp, *ch 2, sk next st, dc in next, repeat 3 times, [2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc] in corner ch sp, repeat from *, ending with final dc in 1st ch 3 sp, join to first dc
Round 6: (A) ch 1, [sc, ch 3, 2sc] in 1st ch sp, *ch 2, sk next 2 st, sc in next sp, repeat 4 times, [2 sc, ch 3, 2sc], in corner sp, repeat from *, with final sc in first ch sp, join to first sc
Round 7: (E) ch 2, [dc, ch 3, 2dc] in first corner sp, *dc, ch 1, dc in next 7 ch-2 spaces, [2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc] in corner space, repeat from *, ending with final dc in first ch sp, join to first dc
Round 8: (A) ch 1, [sc, ch 3, 2 sc] in corner sp, ch 2, sk 1st sp, *sc in next two st, ch 2, sk ch-sp, repeat to corner, [2 sc, ch 3, 2 sc] in corner sp, repeat from *, with final sc in first corner sp, join to first sc
Round 9: (F) ch 2, [dc, ch 3, 2dc] in corner sp, *3 dc in each sp across, [2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc] in each corner, repeat from *, with final dc in first corner sp, join to first dc
Round 10: (A)ch 1, [sc, ch 3, sc] in ch sp, *sc in each st to corner, [2 sc, ch 3, 2 sc] in corner, repeat from *, with final sc in first ch sp, join to first sc
Round 11: (G) ch 2, [dc, ch 3, 2 dc] in corner sp, *dc in each st to corner, [2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc] in corner sp, repeat from*, with final dc in first corner sp, join to first dc

Block all 4 of your squares to even out the pieces.

Using (A), sc pieces together, sc around, [sc, ch3, sc] in each corner. Join to first st, ch 1, repeat twice.