Learn-along: Granny Rectangles

I was browsing the Red Heart site when I came across a video for the rectangular granny. Intrigued, I clicked the link and was soon enthralled. I prefer the written word when learning, no damned rewinding, so I thought I’d create a written guide to support the video. Pics coming sooooon.

You will need:

O access to YouTube while working, so you can watch the video and refer back here.
O Any yarn you like, all the same thickness and material
O Crochet hook that gives you a slightly loose gauge. This will vary according to your tension, the flexibility of your yarn, and what tension you like. To give you a better idea, though, my standard gauge is amiguru tight and I needed an 8mm hook for standard tension with chunky woven tape yarn, but wanted my work tighter when using acrylic dk and so opted for a 5mm there.
O Yarn needle
O Small, sharp scissors or yarn snips
O (Optional) smaller hook, for edging

Stitches used:
Slip knot
Chain
Treble crochet (US double)
Slip stitch

Please do not attempt this method until confident with all stitches used

Method:

set up:
Start with a slip knot, *chain 3, then triple crochet in first chain*, repeat section between * until it is as long as you want the middle of your piece. A longer starting section creates a piece that builds faster lengthwise than widthways. I followed the video instructions and did 4 groups, partly because that’s familiar from the square method and it’s usually best to get the method down before tweaking it.

Round One:
Chain 3 then, in the space created between the last triple crochet and chain, work 2 triple crochet, chain 3, then work another 3 triple crochet in this space. This starts the first corner, which will be finished at the end of the round. *Chain 1, work 3 triple crochet in next space*, repeat * section until you reach the last triple crochet of the set up round, chain 1, then work 3 tc, ch3, 3 tc, ch3, 3 tc in last space. This turns the corner, repeat * until back at the start, join with slip stitch.

Round Two and beyond:
To create corners- 3 tc, ch3, 3 tc in largest space. At the start of the round, the first tc is replaced by a ch3.
To work around, repeat * area from round one, then switch to corner method at corners.

The other way
If you know how to do granny squares and find the set up for rectangles baffling, you can instead make just the starting round of 2 squares and sew them together, then continue from round one of the rectangle method.

finishing:
If you want to add an edging to your finished piece, picot worked fairly tightly works best. You can add it in a contrast colour, make it more balanced by using the starting colour, work in different colours for some of the humps, or keep it simple by continuing in the last colour of the main piece.

I hope you find this easy and informative, but please comment with any queries. And I’d love to know what you create with this method.

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