One of the things I've enjoyed about some of the granny square projects I've made over the last couple of years is the simple, almost hidden patterns that the little corner spaces make as they gently criss-cross the blanket. For a long time now I've wanted to devise a block pattern that would replicate this design but without the distraction of using several different colours.
Today I found myself with a little time and spent a happy few hours playing with some spare yarn, seeing what I could do. It took me a while to work out how to do 'join-as-you-go' without chain spaces, but I did it, and I'm really pleased with the result. If you screw up your eyes and squint you can see the diagonal pattern created by the corner holes beginning to emerge. My plan is to make a lovely soft, big blanket in a cotton mix yarn, but I can't decide whether to do it in a soft duck-egg blue or plain and simple white... a lovely decision to make.