A Better Granny Rectangle

Well, I think it is better : ) As I said before, in my other Granny Rectangle post (don’t go there, I think this one is better), I have always been unsatisfied with how the center of granny rectangles line up in the middle, instead of alternating like it does in the rest of the fabric.  It seems weaker and is not as pleasing to me, I just don’t like it : )  Don’t know why I didn’t do it this way the first time I got the idea, but at least I thought of it now.

 

For the size I did in the example:

Ch 22   Ch 21 (corrected 8-24-13)
In the 6th chain from the hook, 3dc.
Skip 2 stitches, 3dc in same stitch.
Continue across, skipping 2 and doing 3dc in the same stitch.  When you reach the last ch, 1dc.  Ch3 (counts as a dc)

Crochet Granny Rectangle 1

In the space on the end created by the dc and foundation ch; 2dc, ch3, 3dc, ch3, 3dc. 2 corners on the end made.

3dc in each space between across…

At the next end; in the ch 5 space 3dc, ch3, 3dc, ch3, 3dc to make the corners on the other end.

Now, go across the other side, making 3dc in each space between…

Slpst into the top of the beginning ch3 and there you have it!

ABetterGrannyRectangle

I find diagrams so helpful (pretend you don’t notice that I forgot the ending slpst in the diagram):

Better Granny Rectangle Diagram

and another, to help with the maths of the repeats in case you want a different size…

GrannyRectangleDiagramRepeat

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75 thoughts on “A Better Granny Rectangle

  1. thank you so much for the tutorials! I love the dog, you can’t find a better dog than a Border Collie and Zip is a perfect one. Lizzy

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  2. Nice! I’ve been looking for a rectangle one. I saw a tutorial for makin ‘yarn’ from plastic bags and I want to make a recycle bag for paper with it. With this pattern I will be able to do it. Thanks!

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    • Making a bag is exactly why I worked it out, didn’t like the foundation chain showing. Not pretty, and seemed a weak spot. I didn’t think of it until much later, too late for that bag!

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  3. Thank you taking the time to lay out this variation. It’s more appealing than the alternative pattern. My question is, to continue the pattern, would a ch 3 be needed in the corners rather than ch 2 as in traditional granny squares?

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  4. Wow! Thanks for this great way to do a long granny square! I used this to make a long granny square scarf and it looks great! It’s my new way to start a rectangle granny square afghan!

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  5. I love this stitch! Thank you so much for sharing. I have a request thou. I would love to make my son a blanket for bed using this stitch , but i have a problem. I am not quite sure how to figure it out if you could help me it would be great, just the starting part is all i need. It is like 240 stitches to get started just all i need is the first stitch to start and the turn stitch if you can help…thanks.

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    • I am not sure I know what you mean, I think I would need the pattern to see what I would try to change it to do this way instead….if it is a granny stitch, I would want to have the same number of 3dc’s across as the pattern calls for (usually it is 3dc’s in one chain, sk 2, so you need 3 ch’s for each set of dc)

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  6. I LOVE IT! Every other pattern I have found tells you to “work along the other side of the chain”. I can never figure out how to do that. Thank You!

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    • Such a beautiful blanket! Thanks so much for sharing it, it gives me joy (and inspiration) to see that people have made something from my pattern.

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  7. I like the look of this version of your granny rectangle. Like you I don’t really like the looks of some granny rectangles. I was just wondering if you have the crochet multiples for this granny rectangle so I can make it longer.

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  8. This is the BEST better rectangle granny instructions that I have found & its EASY to follow. Very nicely written. SUPER EASY to follow. Job well done.

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  9. The pattern is great but I didn’t know how to increase the pattern. I would like to see a project or a longer pattern because mine is not turning out so well. My friend, who is also a fellow crochter, thought to add an extra shell for the increasing of the pattern.

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  10. Where do you go from here to start another row and continue? I’m still learning and am not sure what to do next. Chain 3 then start working in the corner?

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  11. I love your idea of rectangle afghan because it is not baggy like others it really show stitches looks neat. Thank you for sharing your idea.

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  12. I love this pattern and have made several, posted on Ravelry at jruss95. Thank you for sharing!

    The one thing I would suggest for your consideration is to add the word TURN (or even TURN YOUR WORK) to the instructions at the end of the first row, after the ch 3. Your photos show this, but it might help beginners to understand exactly what to do next.

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  13. Very easy and I like the multiples (I am assuming it is in muliples of three plus 1, that is how I am reading it).

    The only thing I did change was to ch 1 in the corners (I do that with regular granny squares also, like the tighter look better) rrather than ch 3 or ch 2.

    My next idea is to see how to connect them (if I do just a few rounds) with the join as you go method that I use for regular squares. Would be cool to see what happens.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  14. I am just finishing my first blanket with this pattern. I am so pleased with the results!! It was fast and easy and I will be making several more.

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    • I think you will have to make a test strip to sort that out. There are too many variables, yarn weight, hook size, how you crochet, if you want it closer to square or longer that will all effect the start.

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    • I added a print icon at the end of each post, so that should make it easy to print the blog post. I prefer not to print out everything on a web page, so I usually highlight the text I want, right click and choose print and then to print just the ‘selection’ instead (your computer/browser may vary : )

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  15. Please advise how I make a giant granny rectangle blanket? Your instructions end with a slip stich into the beginning chain 3, but how do I continue with the same color if I’m not breaking off the yarn at that point? And if I’m changing colors, do I break it off and, if so, how and where do I pick it up again with the new color?

    Sorry for the newbie question!

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    • If you are continueing with the same color, do the slpst at the end of the round, but don’t break off. Ch3, which counts as the first dc and continue on. If you are changing colors, yes you break it off. You attach your new color in any ‘space’ that you would do the 3dc in.

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  16. Bonjour, je débute au crochet et j’ai tt compris…je suis aussi nulle en angalis mais je vous fait une traduction. et Merci pour ce tuto.
    Hello, I started to crochet and I undestand everything…. My english is bad too but I try to do a translation. Thank you for your tutorial…. I’m so happy.
    Stéphanie from France

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  17. I love this! I’m going to have to rip out what I’ve done so far and start over, because my ultimate goal is always a rectangle, and I don’t like expanding on the ends. This is great! Thank you!

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  18. I’m having quite the issue. For some reason I end up with 4 stitches at the end instead of 3 when I follow your pattern. It’s a 3+1 pattern, so I do 22 chains and 3 dc in every 3rd chain. But I still end up with 4 chains at the end. Am I missing something?

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      • I am not. I start by skipping 5 chains and crocheting into the 6th chain from the hook. For some reason I cannot seem to figure this out! It’s very frustrating because I would very much love to utilize this to make a baby blanket. Could you potentially upload a few more pictures of your starting chain indicating where you start and end?

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      • There is nothing wrong with you, you are right! You will have an extra if you ch22 like I have in the written directions, it is a typo!!!!!. If you count the stitches in the diagram and in the photo you will only count 21!

        Thanks for being persistent and asking, I never would have seen the typo otherwise! It is being corrected right now….

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  19. I have to admit that my chain count never turns out correctly, either.

    But I always chain extras anyway, provisionally, for all projects and then unravel back to where I need to be at the end of the project!

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    • I have a feeling trouble counting is more widespread than we would think! I’ve taken to always re-counting the chains before I start. With longer starting chains, I have been putting in stitch markers and jotting it down as I go.

      It is also very easy to miss chains when you are doing 3 stitches in one, they get squished in.

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  20. Does the beginning chain length work for any size afghan? I want to make a baby blanket and a queen size and wasn’t sure if I have to adjust the chain length. Great tutorial, thanks a lot!

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  21. I am new and not sure I understand. Do you follow this pattern for the whole blanket. When doing a square, the pattern has you chain 2 for corners and chain 1 on sides in between your 3 dc.

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  22. I recently got back into crocheting after a 10+ year break. I tried rectangles back then and did care for the look in the center. I somehow found your blog and will try this method for my next project after I finish my ripple afghan. I am thinking of doing multiples and piecing them together. Thank you for the easy to follow directions.

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  23. Hey njoyed every bit of making it…. A BIG THANK YOU….. u r real cool and a very detailed teacher……… i loved it the way it turned out to be…. take care….. god bless u………..

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  24. When doing this pattern with more than one color does it turn out square? I have done Granny blankets before but they always look lopsided when finished if using multiple colors.

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    • If you mean 90 degree corners rather than square (since it is supposed to be a rectangle : ), it comes out fine for me. You might need to experiment with your corners and maybe your hook size. You can see some larger (multi-colored) projects others have made with this on Ravelry (there is a link at the top of this page, the little image that says how many projects), you need to be signed in to Ravelry to view them (if you are not a member, it is free to join).

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  25. At working to the end of the tutorial size, how would I keeping going? I know I would need to skip the last slip stitch. I will be working to approx 18″ rectangle to be used as a prop mat for newborn photography.

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    • You continue on like you would for any Granny Square. You do slpst to the top of the first chain (to connect the end of the round), then you ch3 for the first stitch of the next round. (or, if using a new color, you would end off and then attach the new color)

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    • Yes, you can! If you click on the r projects button at the top of the post it will take you to the Ravelry projects page where many people have done just that.

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