This whimsical blanket combines my Windy Square and Pinwheel Square patterns. It uses a couple of different joining techniques and a simple striped border. It is made with Anne Geddes Baby yarn by Red Heart, and it has come out really soft and squishy. I had to resist the urge to cuddle up in it myself! At the end of the pattern, I have included a couple of suggestions for alternate color combinations.

Dreaming of Pinwheels

I have quite a bit of extra yarn left over, so I plan to make another coordinating item – maybe a sweater. I don’t have anything in mind yet so it may be some time before I have a pattern ready, but you can follow this blog so you don’t miss it whenever it’s done!  See the “follow this blog” options on the sidebar (desktop) or below (mobile).

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Dreaming of Pinwheels

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Materials:

A few other potential color combinations (Click image to enlarge):

bluebell bluejay spearmint       ladybug lily bluejay       rosie posy grass       tangerine coral robin

Difficulty:

Intermediate – Whipstitch seaming, Jacob’s ladder / braided loops, working into front loop only.

Size:

36″ square.

Gauge:

15 sc x 18 rows = 4″ square.

Abbreviations used:

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp(s) = space(s)
  • sk = skip
  • rnd = round
  • RS = right side
  • WS = wrong side

Notes:

  • I only ended up using 3 skeins of bluebell, but I used every last bit of those 3 skeins – I think I had less than 1 yard left. I recommend getting 4 skeins, just to be on the safe side.
  • If you leave a long tail at the end of each of your squares, you can use those tails for seaming later.

Recommended Resources:

 

Squares:

Joining:

All joining is done with color C.

Whipstitch into sections:

To join the following sections, hold squares with right sides together. Whipstitch through wrong side loops only. See recommended tutorial here.

  • Join 4 pinwheel squares together to form one larger square (center of blanket) as shown below. Leave the other 4 pinwheel squares aside (4 corners of blanket).
  • Join all 8 windy squares into 4 sets of 2 as shown below, making sure that each pair has the wind blowing in the same direction (4 sides of blanket).

You should now have these sections:

all sections

Jacob’s ladder joining: 

Hold center section and one of the windy square sections together, with wrong sides facing, as shown here. Note the wind should be facing you, and should be blowing to the right.

Position pieces for joining

Working through both pieces, join C with sl st in top right corner.

Join color A with slip stitch in corner

*Sl st into next st on front (windy) piece only, ch 10, sl st into next st on back (pinwheel piece) only. This creates a loop.

making a loop

Making a loop (note – this set of pictures actually shows the 2nd loop because it was clearer to photograph)

First loop

First loop

Working through both pieces, sl st into next 2 sts. **

sl st in next 2

Repeat from * 9 more times, sl st into next ch sp on front (windy) piece only, ch 10, sl st into next ch sp on back (pinwheel) piece only, working through both pieces, sl st into next ch sp

Repeat from * to ** 10 more times, pull working loop up (or secure with stitch marker) so that it won’t slip out, and set hook aside (do not fasten off).

You should now have the two pieces joined, with a series of loops across the seam, like this:

full row of loops

Re-position your work in front of you as shown in the above picture. Note that the windy squares should be on the left, and your working yarn should be up at the top.  Take the first (bottom) loop, and twist it a half twist. You will only be twisting the first loop – do not twist any of the later loops.

twist first loop

Pull the next loop through the first loop

pull next loop through first loop

Continue with each loop, forming the ladder or braid across the seam. You will now be left with one loop at the end.

finished ladder

Pull the working yarn (that you took off the hook earlier) through this last loop, and put it back on your hook. This will secure the ladder / braid in place. Working through both pieces, sl st into the last corner sp. Do not fasten off.

securing the ladder

Turn work 90 degrees (to next side of pinwheel section), position next windy section in the same way that you did the first, and repeat from * to join. (wind should always be facing you and blowing to the right). Do the same for each of the remaining windy square sections, until all 4 are joined, then fasten off. Your piece should now look like this:

after jacob's ladder joining is done

Joining Corners:

Sew each of the remaining 4 pinwheels into the 4 corners by whipstitching through the wrong side loops only.

All joining finished

Edging:

Rnd 1: Join A with sl st in any corner ch sp, ch 1, *hdc in each st and ch sp across to next corner,** (hdc, ch 2, hdc) in next corner ch sp, repeat from * 3 times, ending at ** on last repeat, (hdc, ch 2) in corner ch sp, join with sl st to first hdc. (128 hdc)

Note: on Rnd 2, when working into front loop only, be careful to work in the actual front loop – not the extra / 3rd loop. See tutorial for correct placement.

Rnd 2: Turn, sl st in next ch sp, changing to B. Working in front loops only, ch 1, sc in same sp, *sc in each st across to next ch sp,** (sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch sp, repeat from * 3 more times, ending at ** on last repeat, (sc, ch 2) in ch sp, join with sl st to first sc. (136 sc)

Rnd 3: Turn, sl st in next ch sp, changing to A. Working in both loops, ch 1, 2 hdc in same sp, *hdc in each st across to next ch sp,** (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in next ch sp, repeat from * 3 more times, ending at ** on last repeat, (2 hdc, ch 2) in ch sp, join with sl st to first hdc. (152 hdc)

Rnd 4: Turn, sl st in next ch sp, changing to B, ch 1, sc in same sp, *sc in each st across to next ch sp,** (sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch sp, repeat from * 3 more times, ending at ** on last repeat, (sc, ch 2) in ch sp, join with sl st to first sc. (160 sc)

Rnd 5: Turn, sl st in next ch sp, changing to C, ch 1, 2 hdc in same sp, *hdc in each st across to next ch sp,** (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in next ch sp, repeat from * 3 more times, ending at ** on last repeat, (2 hdc, ch 2) in ch sp, join with sl st to first hdc. (176 hdc)

Rnd 6: Turn, sl st in next ch sp, changing to B, ch 1, sc in same sp, *sc in each st across to next ch sp, ** 3 sc in ch sp, repeat from * 3 times more, ending at ** on last repeat, 2 sc in next ch sp, join with sl st to first sc, fasten off. (184 sc)

Sew in any remaining tails


I hope you enjoy the pattern! Thank you to Red Heart too, for supplying the lovely yarn! A downloadable pdf of this pattern is also available in my Craftsy store for a $2 fee. The download includes both the Windy Square and Pinwheel Square patterns as well. The fee for the pdf format is to offset the advertising revenue lost when you print or download the patterns rather than viewing it online.

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Free Pattern – Dreaming of Pinwheels — 4 Comments

  1. This is lovley, and will satisfy my urge right now to not only crochet in baby blue but one of my favourite colours and I love whirlies. Therefore on all levels even though it looks a bit of a bother to make, I will go ahead and do it anyway. Must stretch our minds rather than bog down on simple things always. Very creative and imaginative. Thanks

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