Thursday, October 18, 2012

Crochet Granny Stripe Afghan Tutorial Rewrite

I've received a lot of questions about my Crochet Granny Stripe Afghan Tutorial so I've decided to rewrite the pattern and try and take some better photos.  In my other tutorial I started the first row differently than this one, and I think this one looks better.

The granny stripe afghan beginning chain should be a multiple of 3 plus 2.  For a test piece I've chained 32 (3 X 10 + 2).  Turn and single crochet in second chain from hook where you see the arrow and in each chain.  You will have 31 stitches.



Chain 3 and turn.


Double crochet in the same stitch as the chain 3.


Skip two stitches then do 3 double crochets in the next stitch.


Continue across row skipping 2 stitches between each double crochet cluster (3 double crochets).


Your row will end with two double crochets in the last stitch (because you started with 2 DC).


Chain 3 and turn.


Do a double crochet cluster (3 double crochets) in each gap from the row below.  Continue across the row ending with 1 double crochet in the top of the last double crochet from the previous row.

If you start your row with two double crochets, you will end with two double crochets.  If you start with one double crochet, you will end with one.  Each row alternates.  The next row will start with two double crochets.


That's it.  Those rows repeat over and over.   You can change colors after the first two rows, after one row, or the entire afghan can be made from all one color.  I have changed colors every two rows.

This is how I change colors.  I know that most people say to leave two loops of the old color of your double crochet on your hook and attach your new color by pulling through the two loops on the hook.  But I have had too many ends of blankets come undone by doing that.  So I knot off the old color and tie the new color on with a knot.


Pull a loop through the gap.



Chain 3.



Do a double crochet in the same gap.



Do 3 double crochets in each gap across the row.



End this row with 2 double crochets in the last gap (because you started the row with 2 DCs).



Chain 3 and turn.



Continue with 3 DCs in each gap across the row.



End the row with 1 DC in the top of the stitch below.  Turn your work and tie on the next color and repeat.





How many to put in the beginning chain?

How many you chain to start depends a lot on what weight yarn you are using, size of hook, how tight or loose you crochet.  I mostly use worsted weight yarn and an I hook.  You can make a test chain and measure it to see how many stitches you have per inch and then figure out how many to chain to start your blanket.  This is just a guess as to how many to chain for different bed sizes.  The bed measurements in the chart below are conventional mattress sizes and are
TOP OF MATTRESS ONLY.

 BED SIZE          BED MEASUREMENT           APPROXIMATE NUMBER TO CHAIN      

Crib                      28"  X  52"                                      92

Twin                     39"  X  75"                                     125

Full                       54"  X  75"                                     170

Queen                    60"  X  80"                                    188

King                       76"  X  80"                                   233


After you do a few rows on your test piece, you will see that it is the same two rows over and over.  I hope these photos help to better explain the math and how to begin your own Crochet Granny Stripe Afghan.  If you have any questions, please write me at lakrug@comcast.net.

Hope you are finding some time to do some stitching today!

42 comments:

  1. Thank you! These images are very clear and the sizing info is exactly what I needed.

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  2. Great instructions thanks for sharing!

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  3. LuAnn, thanks so much for the tutorial, the original and this one, on the granny strip. I have about twenty inches to go yet on mine and if it weren't for your instructions I probably wouldn't have even attempted it.

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  4. Hi LuAnn, have a look at my blog and you will see the blanket I'm doing with your tutorial. Thank you very much for sharing it.

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  5. Hi, My name is Sandy, and I love your instructions. I was just wondering....there isn't a right or a wrong side? I started it, said wait a minute!! lol...thought I better check with you! Thanks, and please let me know.
    heartsofthyme@hotmail.com

    Sandy

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    1. There is a RIGHT side and a WRONG side.......Your first and subsequent ODD numbered rows will be the RIGHT side showing towards you. The EVEN numbered rows (eg. 2nd, 4th, 6th...) will be the WRONG side facing you. Once you've crocheted a few rows you'll notice the difference. Does that make sense?

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  6. Thank you so much! I was so confused reading the Attic 24 instructions. This makes it so clear! I appreciate you taking the time to do this. Can't wait to start my blanket now :)

    Joan

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    1. I was also..this does make it clearer. Thanks

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    2. I agree with Joan & Anonymous..... Your tutorials are crystal clear and sooooo much easier to follow than other books, patterns, etc. I know I started crocheting back in the early '80's (way before the Internet! lol) and unless you bought the children's ABC book to knit/crochet, a lot of the books out there were just too complicated. Poorly written with crappy black and white photos. Big thank you, LuAnn!! I look forward to many more of your tutorials!! Keep up the GREAT WORK!!! Laurie from BC, Canada

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  7. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I've been searching all over the internet for a tutorial such as yours.
    Yours is the best!
    Thanks!

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  8. Thank you so much for this tutorial! You have convinced me that I can do this!!

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  9. Hi LuAnn!! Working hard on my stripe granny!! Almost finished....I was going to make it shorter....but think I will keep going....I just want it to be a nice sized throw.. Thanks for you patience with me....should be finished crocheting it this weekend....including the weaving o the ends.....and the trim! Maybe a nice picture for you then! We shall see how the rest of the weekend goes.....Sandy

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  10. Thank you for the great instructions! I saw your first tutorial and started before looking at this one....I adjusted by doing multiples of 3 minus 1 and you get the same thing as multiples of 3 plus 2... :o)On my second blanket now even though my first isn't *quite* finished!
    Christine

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  11. Excellent explination. Thanks.

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  12. thank you. this is the gretest. i appreciate your site and sharing.
    starting now!!
    peace and blessings to you,
    yarncarole from chicago

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  13. Hi! This is a great tutorial. I'm new to crocheting and I was wondering if it matters what type of yarn I use and what size of hook? Can't wait to get started on my granny stripe blanket. thanks!

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    1. Hi Amber
      I don't think the type of yarn of size of hook matters. If you are using a smaller hook and thinner yarn, you will have to measure to make sure the blanket is the size that you want to end up with. Good luck on your blanket.

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  14. Thank you so much for posting these instructions. I have been trying for so long to find somebody that could explain to me how to crochet a simple afghan and now I can go get started and not have to worry

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  15. this is awesome your patterns and explanation is great, as a begiiner i feel i can make anything following your guide again thank you for taking the time to explain, put pictures up and answer questions.

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  16. Hi there, I was just wondering when crocheting this up, every other row will show as a 'wrong side' is this correct?

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    1. Yes, every other row will be a wrong side row. I guess I don't look at crochet as having right and wrong sides, but on some patterns you can really tell the difference.

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  17. Why can't every pattern be picture clear like this one? Thank u!

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  18. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. It makes it all worth it!!!

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  19. Thanks for this! Just wondering, if making a full size, roughly how many yards of aran would you need?

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  20. Hi LuAnn, does the chain stitch length stay the same of you crochet the blanket in treble stitch rather than granny stitch? Can a blanket in Queen or King size be made in treble stitch with double knit wool?

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    1. You could use a treble stitch rather than a granny stitch if you wanted. Really a treble would work up faster than the double crochets because they end up being "taller". Really when I learned to do the granny stitch from my Mom all those years ago, I was taught to use a treble crochet instead of a double. I guess maybe I changed it to make the holes in the blanket smaller......

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  21. Hi! I've been using your pattern and first I wanted to thank you for such awesome instructions. Really made it easy to figure out and get started. My question is, do you ever put a border around this blanket, and if so, what do you do? Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words about my pattern. Sometimes when I write them, I'm not sure if they make sense to anyone besides me so it's always nice to hear. I just used up more of my scraps and put several crochet borders around mine. If you go to my blog post here you can see how it looks. http://easycrochetpattern.blogspot.com/2013/12/granny-stripe-afghan-chart.html

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  22. Thank-you. Very nice and easy pattern. Going to crochet a blanket for my 94 year old mother who has fallen and broken her hip. She's in a nursing home and this will brighten up her room. Thank-you for sharing!!!

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  23. Great tutorial, tried another, but didn't quite make it work. Hope this will do better - you make it look easy for sure.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Muchas gracias desde España tus explicaciones se entienden muy bien. Es mi próximo proyecto Gemma

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  25. Hello I have a question for you that I am running to a problem with my own blanket. how are you finishing up the loose ends of the rows? are you weaving them back or what?
    thanks Rebecca

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  27. Wow, thank you for your very clear instructions! I was looking on the internet for instructions on how to make a granny square and came across your granny stripe. LOVE the stripes!

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  28. Hi

    I'm new to crocheting and have tried this pattern, which is great. But I'm getting a problem where the crochet starts to curve almost into a circle. What am I doing wrong? I'm trying to keep the tension the same and have tried using a larger hook for the first row then a smaller hook for the subsequent rows but it's still happening.

    Kim

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  29. Thank you!!!!! Just learning.....

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  30. Thanks so much! I was also struggling with Attic 24 instructions. Much clearer!

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  31. Thank you ! This tutorial is easy to understand !

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  32. Thank for this wonderful tutorial! You've made it so clear and it makes sense! Love your method of color change too! Going to frog my original boring double crochet blanket I'm making for my boyfriend and do a coffee themed granny stripe.... Thanks again!!

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  33. LuAnn - I so appreciate your detailed and generous tutorial....I'm on it.

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  34. Thank you so much for this tutorial!

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  35. thank you so much for such detailed tutorial
    i would be happy if you make Catherine wheel stitch tutorial like this
    thank you

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