Sunday, 22 April 2018

Crochet Tutorial - The Granny Stripe

Who doesn't love a granny stripe?  The granny stripe blanket is in my opinion, the most quintessential crochet blanket of them all...  They have been around for decades and the basic pattern is so easy to master.  You only need to know a few basic stitches and in no time at all, you can create a gorgeous, squishy, stripy, colourful blanket, perfect for snuggles on the sofa.

The Granny Stripe


US terms are used throughout.

Abbreviations
 sc Single crochet  
dc Double crochet 
 sl st Slip stitch  
ch Chain  
sp Space  
 sk skip 

Foundation Chain   a multiple of 3 + 1 (keep chaining until you reach the required width of your blanket).


Row 1 dc in the 4th chain from hook, *sk 2 chains, 3 dc in the next chain* repeat from * to * until the last 3 chains, sk 2 chains and 2 dc in the last chain. Turn. We will now be working in the spaces between each group of stitches 


Row 2 chain 3, 3 dc in the next sp (in between the first 2 dc and the next 3 dc) and in each sp along the row.  End with 1 dc in the last stitch (top of chain 3 from previous row).  Turn. 


Row 3 chain 3, dc in the first sp, 3 dc in the next space and every space along finishing with 2 dc in the last sp.  Turn 


Rows 2 and 3 form the pattern, continue in this way changing colours when ever you like...





...until your blanket is the desired length.  Fasten off and weave in ends. 

You could end up with something like this...


The full detailed pattern for this blanket including the Linen stitch border is available in both my Etsy and Ravelry stores.

The granny stripe is one of my favourite go to patterns for blankets.  The easy repetition makes it perfect TV crochet and you have so many options when it comes to colour.  The pattern will also work with any gauge yarn, just use the recommended hook from the yarn ball band.

Here are a few I have made in the past...





I will be back with more patterns to share with you soon.
Take care
Catherine
x

5 comments:

  1. Who doesn't love a granny stripe, indeed? I LOOOOVE them. They are so versatile and perfect for mindless crochet and colourwork.

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    1. So true and I love the vintage feel they have...

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  2. Great tutorial. I've been thinking about another stashbuster when I finish my current one, and stripes might be the way to go for me. I love the mindlessness of granny stripe and the fact that I don't need to join, just go up and down the rows. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer, You're right they are perfect for stash busting...

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  3. THANK YOU FOR SHARING! I AM GOING TO USE THIS STITCH THIS WEEKEND. C

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