How to Crochet a Granny Rectangle
By Kathryn Vercillo of Crochet Concupiscence
Taking the regular crochet granny square and elongating it into a rectangle gives you the opportunity to turn this classic motif into many new designs. A large granny rectangle can be made into a table runner or a blanket. Smaller rectangles can be used as the basis for crochet shrugs, fingerless gloves and other rectangle-based designs.
I used to think that the only way to make a granny rectangle was to seam two granny squares together side by side and then crochet rounds around that. However, that’s not the case. There are several other ways to make a granny rectangle. Here is my favorite method.
Crochet a foundation chain of 12 stitches.
In 4th chain from hook crochet 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc
Ch 2, skip 2, 1 dc in each of next 3, ch 2, skip 2
You will now be working into the last chain on the top side of the foundation chain. In this chain: 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc
Continue working around the foundation chain so that you are now crocheting into the chains on the bottom side of the foundation chain. You will be creating a mirror image of the top side of the chain. Do this by: ch 2, skip 2, 3dc in next ch, ch 2, sk 2.
Close the first round: Sl st into the top of the first ch 3 (which was created in step two when you started working in the 4th chain from the hook). This completes the first round of your granny crochet rectangle.
Ch 5, [3dc, ch 3, 3dc, ch 2] in the next 2 ch 2 spaces. You have now created the first two corners on the new round of your granny rectangle.
Continuing to work around the rectangle: [3dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 2] twice, [3dc, ch 3, 3dc, ch 2] in the next 2 ch 2 spaces (these are the other two corners of this round of the granny rectangle), [3dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 2], 2 dc in last ch 2 sp. Join with slip stitch into top of first chain three of round.
Ch 3, 2dc in same ch 2 space, ch 2, *[3dc, ch 3, 3dc] in next ch 2 space (making the corner), ch 2, 3dc in next ch 2 space, ch 2, [3dc, ch 3, 3dc] in next ch 2 space (next corner), [ch 2, 3dc] in each of next 3 ch 2 spaces, ch 2, rep from * once except don’t do the last [3dc, ch 2], join with slip stitch into top of first ch 3.
To continue making the granny rectangle larger you will essentially just repeat step eight. Of course, the corners will be further apart each time so you’ll have to adapt the number of ch 2, 3dc in next ch 2 space, ch 2 that you do in each round. The idea is that each corner will always be made by [3dc, ch 3, 3dc] and in between those corners is the ch 2, 3dc in next ch 2 space, ch 2.
Seeking a project? Why not adapt the Big Granny Basket by Linda Cyr from our July/August 2011 issue into a rectangular basket instead of a square one?