Granny Hearts

I got the idea to make a granny heart, I am not sure why, but once I did it wouldn’t leave my head.  It has been percolating in there for a while.  I figured I should just do it and get it out of there and unclutter my mind, and here is the result.

Update!  Key to what each symbol means is now included in the diagram.

SmallGrannyHeart

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Granny Rectangle Tutorial

crochet granny rectangle

Update

Please see my newer post A Better Granny Rectangle.  It’s a different way of starting a rectangle, and obviously I think it is better, depending on what you want : )

I have been unsatisfied with how I was doing granny rectangles.  I didn’t like how the center start didn’t match the rest of the fabric, where the clusters align instead of alternating and the starting chain is obvious.  I thought of a different approach, I think I like how it turned out.  This is my first tutorial, I hope it makes sense.  if something isn’t clear please leave a comment and I’ll see if I can make it make sense : )

To Start

Make a sliding ring.  Draw up a loop and ch 6(counts as dc, ch3), 3dc, ch3, dc in the ring.

Croceht Granny Rectangle start

Tighten up the ring and chain 3.Tighten the ring and chain 3

Rows

Turn, and work as a row on the bottom side with 2dc in the first ch space and 3dc in the next ch3 space.  Ch3 and turn.

Granny Rectangle Row 2

Make 3dc in the space between the 2 groups of 3dc of the previous row, and 1dc in the top of the ch3 of the previous row.  Ch 3 and turn.

Row 3 of the crochet granny rectangle

Continue working as rows, alternating with ch3, 3dc in next space, dc in the top of the ch3 of the previous row for 1 row and ch3, 2dc in the ch space, 3dc in the next ch space for the next row.  Make however many rows you want, but you want to end with a row that has a center 3dc and a ch3/dc at each end.

Granny Rectangle Rows

I am going to change colors, so I am ending with a ch3 instead of a dc.  That gives a consistent ch3 for each “corner” of my rectangle.  If I was going to keep on with the same color, I would just do a dc, ch 3 for the round instead.

Granny Rectangle ending with chain 3

Slip stitch to the top of the ch3 of the previous row.  End off.  You now have a narrow rectangle of rows, with corner spaces.

Granny Rectangle End with Slip Stitch

Rounds

Attach a new color in a corner space with a dc (or slpst, ch3).  2dc, ch3, 3dc.

Granny Rectangle Attach new color

Continue around, doing 3dc along the side in the space between the 3dc’s of the rows and 3dc, ch3, 3dc in each corner space.

granny rectangle continue around

And there you have it, a crocheted granny rectangle.

Finished Crochet Granny Rectangle

Hexagon

GrannyHexagonI love Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilts. I would love to crochet one someday. Right now, I am crocheting a different pattern in blanket size, but that doesn’t stop the creative thinking and doing a little something else is a needed break. This is my version of crocheted hexagons, maybe I will make a runner.

Granny Hexagons

note: I prefer to use a slide ring to start my crochet, and often start new colors with whatever stitch is needed rather than a slip stitch and chain. Please use whichever methods you prefer instead.

Round 1

  • Make a slide ring, in the ring:
  • Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2 dc, ch 3
  • 3 dc, ch 3
  • continue {3 dc, ch 3} until you have a total of 6 ch 3 spaces and 6 3dc clusters
  • slpst in the top of the first ch 3

Round 2

  • Attach second color with a ch 3 or dc in any ch3 space
  • 2dc, ch3, 3dc
  • continue on {3dc, ch 3, 3dc} in each ch 3 space
  • slpst to top of first stitch or in top ch of the ch3

Round 3

  • Attach in any ch3 space with dc or ch3
  • dc, ch1, 2dc
  • 3dc in next space between
  • {2dc, ch1, 2c} in next ch3 space
  • continue around, with 3dc in each space between the corners, and 2dc, ch1, 2dc in each corner. Slpst to top of beginning stitch, end off.
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