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I have been wanting to make a rectangle granny blanket for some time. There are several tutorials online on how to start a rectangle, but none of these worked for me. So I sat for a while trying to come up with own way. I have had many requests on how I did this, so here goes. I have provided details on how to make a longer or shorter rectangle. I hope you find this useful (apologies in advance for the photos – not the best but hopefully they help a bit). You can adapt the pattern to make one big blanket, a blanket made up of lots of small rectangles, or to make a bookmark.
For this tutorial I have used a 4mm hook.
For this tutorial I used Stylecraft Special DK in colours Palma Violet, Blush and Plum. You can purchase Stylecraft Special DK here.
Abbreviations/Stitch Guide (UK terms):
- ss – slip stitch
- tr – treble crochet
- dc – double crochet
- ch – chain
To make a rectangle with 7 treble clusters along each side, chain 18 + 2.
Work a DC in the third chain from the hook (insert into the ‘back bump’ as shown in the photo).
DC all the way along to the end. TURN over.
Chain 3 (counts as 1 tr).
Work 2 tr in the first stitch. *Miss 2 stitches, work 3 tr in next stitch*, repeat from *to* until the final stitch.
Work 3 tr in the space formed by the two chains at the start (shown where my needle is in the photo).
Chain 2, work 3 tr, ch2, 3 tr in the same space.
Skip 1 stitch, work 3 tr in next stitch, *skip 2 stitches, 3 tr in next*, work from *to* until the last stitch.
Work 3 tr in the last stitch (shown by my needle).
Ch 2, work 3 tr in the space where you worked the first group of trebles when you started the round. Ch2 and ss into the top of the chain 3 you worked at the start to close the round.
You should have something like this.
Turn over. Attach new colour in any chain 2 corner space. Ch3 (counts as 1 tr), 2 tr into same space.
Work 3 tr, ch2, 3 tr in next corner space. Work 3 tr in each space all the way around, working [3 tr, ch2, 3tr] in each corner. When you reach the starting corner work 3 tr, ch2 and ss into the top of the starting chain 3.
For the third round of colour repeat the previous round (you have an extra treble to work along each side), for each corner work [3 tr, ch2, 3 tr].
Keep working as many rounds as you desire.
You can make the rectangle as long or as short as you would like – simply adjust the starting chain. Making sure you have a multiple of 3 + 2.
For 4 trebles along the sides use starting chain 9+2.
For 5 trebles along the sides use starting chain 12+2.
For 6 trebles along the sides use starting chain 15+2.
Below are some photos of a my rectangle granny blanket made with Paintbox Simply DK yarn.
I hope you found this useful.