The final blanket measures just over 3 ' X 5'. I made up the patterns as I went along. I started by learning how to do granny squares then after using the variegated yarn and tan yarn I got bored. So I found the corresponding colored yarns and went to town! I am pretty please with how it came out since it is the most detailed yarn project I have ever done. I knit and needlepoint as well but I am really starting to like crocheting. Since it was pieced together with different size squares they did not always match up perfect and the tension was not the same on some of the first few squares. That is why there was some puckering. For a first attempt I am choosing to look past that and am proud of what I made.
I used about 2144yards (about 8 skeins) of yarn with a J/10 (600MM) hook. I made rounds of 3, 7 and 14 for the squares. Otherwise I just followed a basic granny square of. Here is my pattern...
Insert hook through first loop and pull loop through to create circle.
Chain 3, DC 2 through the circle, Chain 2
DC 3, Chain 2 (repeat twice)
Third Round (and each additional round)-
Pull through one of the corner holes created in second round. Chain 3, DC 2, Chain 2, DC3.
Insert hook into next hole, DC 3