How to Crochet a Granny Rectangle in Rounds

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Many beginning crocheters hone their double-crochet skill by making granny squares and weaving them together to make a granny square afghan. You can also make an afghan with granny rectangles. A granny square is crocheted by chaining four or five stitches and slip stitching the ends into a circle. A granny rectangle is crocheted along both sides of a 12-chain foundation. When crocheting a granny rectangle, the same stitches are used as in the granny square, but more of them are

crocheted to lengthen the piece.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Worsted-weight yarn (three different colours)
  • Crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Label your 3 colours of yarn A, B and C. To establish a foundation for the rectangle, crochet 12 chains with colour A. The first 3 chains on the 12 chain foundation count as a double-crochet. Crochet all of the following stitches on the fourth chain from the hook: crochet 2 double-crochets, chain 2, crochet 3 double-crochets, chain 2 and crochet 3 double-crochets. Chain 2 and skip the next 2 chains. In each of the next 3 stitches, crochet 1 double-crochet. Then chain 2 stitches and skip the next 2 chains. The following stitches are all made in the last chain on the foundation row: Crochet 3 double-crochets, chain 2 stitches, crochet 3 double-crochets, chain 2 and crochet 3 double-crochets. Your crochet hook is now in position to start crocheting on the opposite side of the foundation chain. Begin by crocheting 2 chains and skipping the next 2 chains. Crochet 1 double-crochet in each of the next 3 chains. The 3 double-crochets you just made are directly opposite the 3 double-crochets you made on the first side of the foundation chain. Chain 2 stitches and skip the next 2 chains. To end the first round, join with a slip stitch in the top of the beginning chain 3.

  2. 2

    Join colour B to colour A with a slip stitch in the last chain 2 space you made. Drop colour A by cutting a tail long enough to weave into the rectangle when it is finished.

    Chain 3 stitches and crochet 2 double-crochets in the same chain 2 space. In the next chain 2 space, chain 2, crochet 3 double-crochets, chain 3, crochet 3 double-crochets and chain 2. Now repeat between the asterisks 1 time. You have just completed 2 corners of the rectangle. In next chain 2 space, crochet 3 double-crochets and chain 2. Repeat between the asterisks one more time. In the next chain 2 space, chain 2, crochet 3 double-crochets, chain 3, crochet 3 double-crochets, chain 2. Now repeat between the asterisks 1 time. Join the round, at the top of the beginning chain 3 stitches, with a slip stitch.

  3. 3

    Join colour C to colour B with a slip stitch in the first chain 2 space of the last round. Drop colour B by cutting a tail long enough to weave into the rectangle when it is finished. Chain 3 stitches and count them as the first double-crochet. Crochet 2 double-crochets in the same space where you joined colour C. Chain 2 stitches.

    In the next chain 2 space, crochet 3 double-crochets, chain 3 and crochet 3 more double-crochets. This completes a corner of the rectangle. Chain 2. Crochet 3 double-crochets in the next chain 2 space. Chain 2. Crochet 3 double-crochets in the next chain 2 space and chain 2 stitches. In the next chain 2 space, crochet 3 double-crochets, chain 3, crochet 3 double-crochets. Chain 2 and crochet 3 double-crochets in each of the next 3 chain 2 spaces, then chain 2 stitches. Chain 3 and count them as the first double-crochet. Crochet 2 double-crochets in the same space. Chain 2. In the next chain 2 space, crochet 3 double-crochets, chain 3 and crochet 3 more double-crochets. This completes another corner of the rectangle. Chain 2. Crochet 3 double-crochets in the next chain 2 space. Chain 2. Crochet 3 double-crochets in the next chain 2 space and chain 2. Chain 2 and crochet 3 double-crochets in each of the next 3 chain 2 spaces, then chain 2.

  4. 4

    Join colour B in the first chain 2 space of the last round. Drop colour C by cutting a tail long enough to weave into the rectangle when it is finished. Chain 3 and crochet 2 double-crochets in the chain 2 space where you joined colour B. Chain 2. In the next chain 2 space, crochet 3 double-crochets, chain 3 and crochet 3 double-crochets. This completes a corner of the rectangle. In the next chain 2 space, chain 2 and crochet 3 double-crochets. Repeat between the asterisks 2 more times. Chain 2. In the next chain 2 space, crochet 3 double-crochets, chain 3 and crochet 3 double-crochets. This completes another corner of the rectangle. In each of the next 4 chain 2 spaces, chain 2, crochet 3 double-crochets and chain 2.

  5. 5

    Step 5 completes the other side of round 4 above. In the next chain 2 space, crochet 3 double-crochets, chain 3 and crochet 3 double-crochets. This completes a corner of the rectangle. In the next chain 2 space, chain 2 and crochet 3 double-crochets. Repeat between the asterisks 2 more times. Chain 2. In the next chain 2 space, crochet 3 double-crochets, chain 3 and crochet 3 double-crochets. This completes another corner of the rectangle. In each of the next 4 chain 2 spaces, chain 2, crochet 3 double-crochets and chain 2. Join the yarn with a slipstitch to the top of the beginning chain 3. Cut the yarn, leaving a tail to weave into the rectangle. Thread the tapestry needle with a yarn tail and weave the tail into the rectangle. The rectangle is complete when all the tails have been woven in.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also weave the rectangles together to make a purse, vest or hat, too.
  • As soon as two rectangles are finished, weave them together to avoid having a pile of rectangles to work on at once.

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