An ‘Even Better’ Granny Rectangle

Three and a half years ago I came up with my Granny Rectangle pattern. I was really pleased with it…….but, now I think I have an ‘even better’ version.

The reason I say this is that my original version (left) had slightly bigger holes in the first round of treble clusters, which sometimes bothered me. With my ‘even better’ Granny Rectangle (right) I have tweaked things so that the holes around the first round of treble clusters are not so big.

In my original version the foundation of the rectangle was a row of double crochet (UK terms), and with my ‘even better’ version the foundation is 2 rows of double crochet. Instructions for the ‘even better’ Granny Rectangle can be found below.

Abbreviations/Crochet terminology:

UK terms are used throughout. 

ss – slip stitch

tr – treble crochet

dc – double crochet

ch – chain

beg-ch – beginning chain

Stitch Guide/Conversion Guide

Instructions

Foundation:

  • Make a slip knot, chain 20 (Fig 1).
  • Row 1 – 1dc in the 2nd chain from the hook (work in the back bumps – these are shown in Fig 2), 1dc in each chain along to the end of the row.
  • Row 2 – Turn, ch1 (does not count as a stitch), 1dc in each stitch to the end (Fig 3).

Round 1

  • Turn (Fig 4)
  • Chain 2 (counts as 1tr) (Fig 5)
  • Work 2tr into the first stitch of row 1 (shown by the needle position in Fig 6) – this means skipping over the row of dc just worked (Fig 7).
  • Skip 2 stitches, 3tr in next (continuing to work into row 1, skipping over row 2) (Fig 8 and Fig 9)
  • Continue to [skip 2 stitches, 3tr in the next] to the end, continuing to insert the stitches into row 1 (Fig 10).
  • Ch2 (forms a corner), work 3tr into the same stitch as the last stitch of the row (needle position indicates where to insert stitches in Fig 11).

  • Ch2 (forms another corner), work 3tr in same space (position is shown in Fig 12)
  • Now work along the bottom, again working into the first row of dc – skip 2 stitches and work 3tr in the next (this should be the same stitch as the group of 3tr worked previously (position shown Fig 14)
Fig 14
  • Skip 2 stitches and work 3tr in the next (position shown in Fig 15)
  • Continue working [skip 2 stitches, 3tr in the next) until the end of the row (Fig 16)

  • Ch2 (forms a corner), work 3tr in the same stitch as the last 3tr (shown in Fig 17)
  • Ch2 (to form another corner)(Fig 18)
  • Slip stitch into the top of the beg-ch2 worked at the start of the round (Fig 19).
  • Fasten off (if not continuing with the same colour)

The basis of your rectangle is complete. Now work as usual to complete your Granny Rectangle how you wish. Below shows how to add further rounds.

Round 2

  • Pull up a loop with a new colour in any ch2 corner space. Ch2 (counts as 1tr) (Fig 20)
  • Work 2tr in the same space (Fig 21).
  • You will now be working in the spaces between the groups of 3tr from the round below
  • Work 3tr in the next space (indicated by the needle in Fig 21)
  • Continue to work 3tr in each space along until the end (Fig 22)
Granny Rectangle
Fig 22
  • Ch2 (forms a corner), work 3tr in the same space as the last group of 3tr (Fig 23)
  • Work [3tr, ch2, 3tr] in the next corner space (Fig 24)
  • Continue to work around the rectangle with 3tr in each space and [3tr, ch2, 3tr] in each corner
  • Upon reaching the start of the round work 3tr, ch2 in the final corner space and slip stitch into the top of the beg-ch3 (Fig 25).

Continue to add more rounds until you have the desired size.

Video Tutorial

This is the Granny Rectangle pattern that I used in my recent blanket design – Pastel Tiles Blanket.