With only 22 weeks to go until Christmas, now is a great time to get started on some holiday crocheting! This Crochet Christmas Lights Blanket can be one of those projects you do on the side since it consists of crocheting THESE Christmas Lights Granny Squares. Make one a day or one a week! Lot of time to pick of this project and then put it down whenever you feel like.
Get the Pattern (and video tutorial!) for the Christmas Lights Granny Squares in THIS POST
Material List for Entire Project:
– Bernat Super Value Yarn in Berry Red, Lush Green, Bright Yellow, Magenta, Carrot Orange, Soft Grey, Black, White, and Peacock Blue. Shop all colors at Yarnspirations.com.
– Size H Crochet Hook
– Tapestry Needle
Finished Size: Approximately 35×25. Add more squares to make it longer and wider!!
Once you have made as many of the Christmas Light Granny Squares you’d like, I will now show you how to join them, add a border, and “string” the bulbs together using the surface slip stitch. The blanket pictured only has 20 squares and in person is actually pretty small. Baby blanket size. I recommend you do around 40 squares for a decent size blanket.
Feel free to block your squares! I highly recommend the Chetnanigans BlocksAll Blocking Board! You can purchase it HERE:
Use the mattress stitch to join the squares. You will line up all your squares in the layout you want them and stitch along the seams vertically and then horizontally – all the way across. Just like you are lacing up a shoes, work under the SC stitch and then over and back under the SC stitch on the opposite side. This short video tutorial should help!
Now lets get started on the border!
You will need Bernat Super Value yarn in Berry Red and Lush Green, and Soft Grey (shop these colors at Yarnspirations.com) and a size H crochet hook.
Round 1: With Soft Grey yarn, SC around the entire blanket making 2 SC + 2 chains + 2 SC in each corner. Join red yarn, chain 2
Round 2: DC in each stitch around making a DC + chain 2 + DC in each corner, join
now you will begin on your candy cane border
Round 3: with red chain 4 in first stitch, remove hook leaving chain 4 dangling. Join with green in next stitch and chain 4, remove hook leaving green chain 4 dangling. Put hook back in red chain 4 and SC to join to next open stitch (the one after the green chain 4) and chain 4, remove hook leaving red chain 4 dangling. Put hook back in green chain 4, SC to join to next open stitch, chain 4 and remove hook, continue all the way around making a total of 4 chain 4’s in each corner (two red and two green). Join to bottom of beginning chain 4.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Watch this quick video tutorial to get the hang of it!
A full tutorial on the candy cane border is in the works and will be posted in a week!
PICTURE AND VIDEO TUTORIAL ON HOW TO CROCHET THE CANDY CANE BORDER IS NOW AVAILABLE HERE
Now lets use the surface slip stitch to “string” the Christmas light bulbs together!
With black yarn and size H crochet hook, surface slip stitch a curvy line, joining at the tops of each light bulb. Make it unique and unplanned! Go with the flow! If you mess up, just unravel and start again! I started in the bottom right hand corner and made one continuous “string” until I got the top left hand corner. I hope the video below helps!
Here is a view of the blanket over my 3 year old (almost 4 year old!) so you can get an idea of the size! Again, I highly suggest adding more squares if this is for an adult or a couch throw.
The backside of the blanket is not as pretty as the front but still cute and I say totally reversible! I don’t think you have to be embarrassed about covering the back.
Back of the blanket:
PS – not my usual photography here… we were staying a Lake House with the family when I finished this project 🙂
Happy Christmas in July!
Fellow Crochet Laura Jukes made a Corner-to-Corner crochet version of this blanket! I love this idea and spin-off of the my original! She followed the pixel graph below (found on Pinterest – I can’t find the original picture post). Thanks for Laura for sharing this with us!
Makes me happy just looking at it Love it!
It’s sooo beautiful! Great project, you are awesome! Thanks again for sharing your creation! I love it!!!!
This is such a joyful blanket! Love how you crocheted the cable on top!
Thank you for sharing the pattern!
Jen Hayes says
So much fun! I love the cable detail! Thanks for sharing!
I absolutely love this!! You are such a talented artist!
The top slip-stitch is just the perfect detail!
What a fun project! I posted on the blog By Your Hands. Would love to have you stop by:
Thanks so much!!!
Janet Hickman says
Love this! Starting for my granddaughter. Thanks for sharing.
Crystal Johnston says
Hi! this blanket you have is calling for approx 9 balls of yarn. Do you think double the amount of yarn is needed to make 40 squares?
I love your projetc! Thanks for sharing.
I love this, so bright and festive! I’m wondering if you could suggest a way to modify the pattern to make it Christmas tree skirt?
I love this and want to start on it. I am sorry I looked twice and I don’t see how to make the square itself. Thank you for all your beautiful shares.
Think this is a beautiful n different Xmas throw. Love the bright colours n the overall effect. Thank u for sharing.
I love this pattern. Do you have a picture of the back?
Ahhh I LOVE this! Brings in all the excitement for the holidays. Thank you for providing a graph. Beautiful work. I have always ran across your blog and I always see beautiful ideas from you. I decided I should finally leave a comment. I think I just found myself a new project to work on while I binge watch netflix lol.
Have a wonderful day!
I had to add an extra DC the middle of row 7 on the top above the black stitches in order to even out the number of stitches on the top and bottom. (12 DC). At that point the sides are 14 DC.
I found this to be true several places. Wish she would answer.
What amount of yarn needed for each color to make that size. Primarily the colors that use the most yarn – white, grey, red and green. It is important to order the yarn needed all at one time to get the same dye lot. Very cute pattern.
I am confused about the corners. On the first round of Corners. The instructions are different on the second round for the corners. Could you please explain
Jo Sarafis says
I have been able to open all other free patterns EXCEPT for the Christmas wreath! I am being redirected to a site that charges! So bummed – saw a similar Afghan on a Hallmark movie ( Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane) over the holidays and want to recreate it. Please help!
I wish you explained how to make the granny squares.
Granny squares are shown after the first afgan picture. It is green highlighted These Christmas Light Granny Squares, click on that and the direction for the sqaurs will come up.
Vickie Bridges says
Where is the pattern for the actual granny light square?
I love the candy cane border, but it took a long time and I don’t think I would do it again.
If you are looking for the square pattern it is posted after the first afgan picture. Green highlighted, These Christmas Light Granny Squares, click on it and the pattern will open up
Barbara Key says
Where is the pattern?
Amy L Penkalski says
I had a stroke about 4 years ago and this is my best achievement so far thank you so much
Janet Pelland says
I would LOVE to make this but I am not experienced enough to figure out how much white yarn I need to make 48 squares. Where can I obtain this information? I’d like to start it now or very soon to have it done be Christmas for a gift.
I crochet loosely and I used 2/3 of a skein of Red Heart Supersaver for 30 squares.
Katie Hunsel says
I am making your Christmas lights granny squares. The pattern calls for 4 stitches between the corners on the bottom, but 3 stitches between the corners on the top edge. (Rd 5) Did I miss something?