Sunday, 22 April 2018

The Granny Stripe - Crochet Tutorial

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.

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

Notes:  You can use any yarn weight you like with this stitch, just use the hook size recommended on your yarn ball band.

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

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

  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!

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


  4. Hi there.... I think the rainbow stripe pictured above is absolutely beautiful!! Would you mind sharing the colors and pattern you followed?? Thanks, Michelle

    1. Thanks Michelle. I didn't use a pattern I have the granny stripe stitch saved in my memory. As for the colours, I used New Fashion DK in shades Glacia, Mint, Lilac, Clematis, Peach, Lemon and White.

  5. Hi there... I think your rainbow pattern is absolutely beautiful! I wonder if you wouldn't mind sharing the pattern and the colors you used?
    Thanks, Michelle

    1. Hi Michelle, I thought you meant the blanket directly above. Perhaps you can explain exactly which blanket you mean?

  6. Replies
    1. Hi Jane, you can use any yarn weight, just use the hook size recommended on the yarn ball band...

  7. Hi there...the blanket above with the ribbon on it. I was wondering how many rows of each color and the order you did them. It looks like you used one color and then changed colors and then went back to the previous color. Maybe you can help?
    Thanks a gain, Michelle

    1. Hi Michelle, I have a photo of the blanket open where you can see the order of the colours clearly. Why not join my Facebook group and I can post a picture there for you.

  8. I joined your Facebook group and can't find the picture you mentioned. Would you be able to share the link to the picture?

    1. As far as I am aware you have not contacted me on Facebook, unfortunately I have no way of knowing who you are until you do so. I will be happy to help you and share the photo, just make a post with your request or send me a message on Facebook...