I was doodling and came up with what I thought was an interesting layout for a blanket. So I grabbed some yarn from my stash and made this:

I used 9 balls of Bernat Berella 4. 2 each in the dark green, pink, and burgundy, and 3 in the light green.

How to do it:

**Start with a doodle.** Grab some graph paper and some markers/pencil crayons/whatever and start doodling. For this construction method, make the squares 2x2 on the graph, and the borders should be 1 square wide.

Here's mine:

**Figuring out sizes:**Count the graph squares along each side. Divide by 2. That is how many "squares" wide or long your blanket is. For example: my blanket is square. It has 16 graph squares to a side, which means that it is 8 times bigger than the little squares in the pattern. Make sense?

**Start making a granny square.** Use whatever pattern you like, just stay consistant throughout. If you're making a different square motif, I suggest doing a granny-like final round for ease of joining.

**Measure your square.** Multiply that number by 8 (or whatever number you come up with) and that's how big your blanket will be if you did that many rounds. More rounds = bigger blanket. ^_^

I did 6 rounds.

**Use this joining method** throughout the blanket.

For my layout, it made sense to start in the middle. Basically, you need to do the squares that exist inside a border first, then do the border, then the squares that touch the outside of the border, and so on.

**Work the borders the same way you would a square**, by making your shells in the holes between previous shells, and doing 2 shells on the corners. Do exactly as many rounds for the border as you did for the squares. I did 6 rounds for the squares, and so I did 6 rounds on the borders.

I ran out of the green yarn as I was working, and luckily, the way the pattern was laid out, I got away with only 5 rounds on the dark green and the outer light green. This will only work if the squares you are attaching are attached to the border on two sides (in a v-shaped valley)

**When joining a square to a valley in the border**, I did: ch1, remove hook from loop, insert hook down through one corner hole, and up through the other corner hole, grab the loop again, pull it through the holes, ch1, continue.

The last technique you need to know to be successful at this pattern is

**what to do in the valleys between two squares:**You need to do a 2dcdec, working one of the dc into the corner hole of one square, and the other dc in the corner hole of the other square. 2dcdec = yo, insert hook, yo, pull up loop. yo, pull through 2 loops. yo, insert hook, yo, pull up loop. yo, pull through 2 loops. yo, pull through all loops on hook.

Here's a picture:

This shows the light green yarn worked into the pink.

ETA:

**Working the border sections along a row of squares**: When you get to the join between squares as I did on the first dark green round, work one shell (3dc) into the space between the two corners.

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If you decide to try this out, let me know! And always feel free to ask questions. ^_^