A Better Granny Rectangle Revisited

Over the years I have made some tweaks and changes when I use A Better Granny Rectangle. I thought it was time to share those changes in a new post. There are 2 versions included here.

A Better Granny Rectangle 1.2

This has some minor changes from the original. There is a ch5 space at both ends (sometimes I do a ch4 instead), and ch2 instead of ch3 for the corners.

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Diagram of A Better Granny Rectangle V1.2

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And here is how…

Ch24 (you can adjust the size in multiples of 3)
3dc in the 6th ch from the hook
Skip 2 ch, 3dc in the next. Repeat to the end, ending with 3dc in the last ch
Ch5
Slpst in the same ch as the last 3dc

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Rotate the work
Ch2 (this counts as the 1st stitch)
3dc in the next ch2 sp
3dc in each ch2 sp across

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3dc in each ch2 space across

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Now to make corners for the rectangle
in the ch5 loop on the end, 3dc, ch2, 3dc, ch2, 3dc

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Once the 2 corners are made in the ch5 loop you will be working along the other side…

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And go across with 3dc in the spaces between each group of 3dc of the previous round.

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Now you are at the last ch5 loop ready to make more corners.

In the ch5 loop – 3dc, ch2, 3dc, ch2, 2dc

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Slpst to the top ch of the ch2 that started this round.
Ch2 to begin the next round (this counts as the 1st stitch).

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2dc in the space right next to the ch2

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3dc in between the 3dc’s of the previous round.
3dc, ch2, 3dc in each ch2 corner space

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Continue around with 3dc in between each 3dc of the previous round
3dc, ch2, 3dc in each corner ch2 space
Finish the last corner and slpst to the top ch of the beginning ch2
And there it is!

If you want to continue in the same color you would repeat the last 2 rounds.

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Different Colors on Rounds

If you want, you can do each round in a different color, or change colors whenever you want. Simply end off at the end of a round and start the next round by attaching a new color.

Begin the same ending with ch5, slpst in the same ch as the last 3dc, and then end off.

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Attach your new color in the space between any group of 3dc. You can slpst and ch2, or you can use a standing stitch as I did here.

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Continue around making corners in the ch5 loops as above.

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Slpst to the top of the first stitch and you are done with that round. End off to start another color.

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A Better Granny Rectangle Version 3.1

Another version, this one is different.

I wanted one for when I want to make my rectangles the 3dc, ch1 way. Having 3 ch’s between each 3dc clusters in the foundation chain seemed a bit too roomy, so I did this instead.

I haven’t made anything with this yet, so I don’t know how it will hold up with larger items, but it seems to be a nice and neat option for starting rectangles.

The beginning is different, but once that is done the only difference is doing ch1 between the 3dc’s, so this is very brief.

This is easy to start, ch27
Dc in the 5th ch from the hook (I did a ch4 loop on the ends instead of ch5, change it if you want)
Dc in the next 2 ch’s, ch1
Skip a ch, dc in the next 3 ch’s, ch1
Continue like that, you will end with a dc in each of the last 3 ch’s.
Ch4, slpst in the same ch as the last dc

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For the next round, you do ch3 (counts as the first stitch, and ch1)
3dc in each ch1 space

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The corners are as above – in the ch 4 loop, 3dc, ch2, 3dc, ch2, 3dc
Continue along the other side
In the last loop it is 3dc, ch2, 3dc, ch2, 2dc
Slpst in the 2nd ch of the starting ch3

The 3rd round is done the same as the version above, except you work in the ch1 spaces
Ch3 (counts as the first stitch), 2dc in the ch1 sp.
Continue around as before

If working in the same color, you repeat rounds 2 & 3. If changing colors you end off and attach a new color as above.

Here is this version done with a different color for the 2nd round. You can see how it is worked into the ch1 spaces on either side.

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Diagram of A Better Granny Rectangle V3.1

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19 thoughts on “A Better Granny Rectangle Revisited

  1. i just love these 2 different ways to crochet a better granny rectangle. i am trying to figure out how to crochet a flower afghan block or a small mandala that would be the center of an afghan. i can find lots of square blocks but i really want rectangular. i am trying to see if there is a way to go from square to rectangle. not sue I’m making much sense. i could use any ideas or suggestions you could offer. I’m thinking one of your versions might help me figure something out. have a great day. 🙂

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  2. I just wanted to say thank you. The instructions are really easy to follow and I’ve already made a start on the blanket I want to make for my nephew for Christmas.

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  3. I have now made 17 of these blankets for charity – it is such a great pattern. I am thinking of making a wide scarf next – could you give me some idea of how long to make my starting chain for a scarf say 120 x 30 cm?

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    1. I haven’t made a granny scarf yet (it is on my mental list of things to make!). I would probably make a starting chain about as long as felt I wanted the scarf plus a little extra. Then do the first row in the stitch and when it reached the length I liked I would just undo the extra chains. Continue on. I would keep in mind that the scarf would get longer as it gets wider when I decided on the beginning length. Ok, now I really want to make a scarf LOL!

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      1. I have now made my first scarf! I had a starting chain of 34 motifs which was 74cm long, and ended up with a scarf which is 110 x 36cm after 18 rounds. The same starting chain would have given a 96 x 28cm scarf if I had stopped after 14 rounds.

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  4. Thank you thank you thank you! I much prefer this starting method, and you’ve written it up so clearly. Started my blanket last night.

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    1. I haven’t worked out the starting ch for different sized blankets. You would want your beginning (the first row as in the first photo) to measure about 12″. That should give you a rectangle that is about 12″ longer than wide, or at least it seems to work out that way for me.

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  5. I used the 3.1 pattern for my first ever rectangular granny patterned anything. I made a shawl for a friend while on holidays this summer and it turned out beautifully. Making another asap. Thanks for the instructions and the very helpful diagram.

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