I am a big fan of the granny square the instant gratification of seeing your work grow with every round. Not needing to count stitches and the choice of working in one colour or many different ones means there are endless possibilities.
However a square is not always practical and sometimes a rectangle is needed. Now joining two squares is one solution but I wanted a rectangle that didn’t look like it had started life as a square. So I set about working out how to create the perfect rectangle.
As with the start of any Granny Stripe blanket, I knew I needed a chain that was a multiple of 3, so on that basis I started with 21 chains and worked on the principle of a granny stripe by doing my first 3 dc into the 6th chain from the hook, this gave me 3 chains as my first dc and 2 ch, then I skipped 2 ch and did my next 3 dc, I repeated this until I got to the last 3 chains where I then did 1 dc so that I started and ended with a single dc.
Doing this gave me a nice solid rectangle base to work from, I had tried ending on 3 dc and then chaining to create the corner but this gave me a floppy rectangle where the initial 3 dc’s all lined up and didn’t give the offset that is characteristic of a granny.
So next I decided to get the offset I would need to move to the next round before creating the corners.
From my last dc I then chained 3 and worked around the dc I had created with 2dc 2ch 3dc 2ch 3dc this gave me the first short side of my rectangle, I then did 3dc in each 2ch space from my base round until I got to the 5ch I started with. At this point I did 3dc 2ch 3dc 2ch 3dc which formed the second short side and then 3dc in each space finishing with a slst to join to the chain 3.
Now as I was working in a single colour my base round became invisible and all the clusters of 3dc had the characteristic offset of the traditional granny square.
I am hoping to create a tutorial for this lovely granny rectangle over the coming weeks using different colours on each round to highlight the process.
Have fun creating your own from my written instructions for now.