granny square sampler afghan- week 14

 

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(All the granny square assignments can be found on this page.)

I’m hijacking this week’s granny square sampler choice in order to satisfy my own selfish desire to do a rectangular granny square. A rectangular square. You read that right. Apparently granny squares don’t always have to be square and I am completely okay with that (and it just so happens this one is Ian’s favorite so far). I’ve been wanting to do one of these since starting this project and I just hadn’t sat down to figure it out until this week. Which is silly, because these are easy. Using only double crochet (dc) and chain (ch) stitches, which you’ve by now done a bazillion times for this sampler, the trick is simply getting that first round right. Get that part right, and Bob’s your uncle.

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Rectangular Granny- Make 2, in any combination of 5 colors you want.

 

Using your first color, ch 16.

 

Rnd 1: Into the 4th ch from your hook, work the following stitches all into the same chain [2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc]. (This forms one short side of the rectangle). *Ch 1, sk 2 ch; 3 dc in next ch st**. Rep from * 2 more times, ch 1, sk 2 ch. Create opposite corner: Into the last ch [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc]. *Ch 1, sk 2 ch; 3 dc in next ch st**. Rep from * 2 more times, ch 1, sl st in beg 3rd ch. End off yarn.

Rnd 2: Starting in one of the ch 2 corner spaces from the previous rnd, join new color and [ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in same sp.  In next ch 2 space (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc). *Ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp**, rep from * 3 more times, ch 1. In ch 2 sp at corner, *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc)**, ch 1,  rep from * at next ch 2 sp.  *Ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp**, rep from * 3 more times, ch 1, join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 3. End off.

Rnd 3: Starting in one of the ch 2 corner spaces from the previous rnd, join new color and ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in same sp. Ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1. In next ch 2 space, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc). *Ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp**, rep from * 4 more times, ch 1. In ch 2 sp at corner, *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc)**, ch 1,  rep from * at next ch 2 sp.  *Ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp**, rep from * 4 more times, ch 1, join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 3. End off.

Rnd 4: Starting in one of the ch 2 corner spaces from the previous rnd, join new color and ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in same sp. Ch 1, *3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1**, rep from * in next ch 1 sp. In next ch 2 space, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc). *Ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp**, rep from * 5 more times, ch 1. In ch 2 sp at corner, *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc)**, Ch 1, *3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1,  rep from * at next ch 2 sp.  *Ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp**, rep from * 5 more times, ch 1, join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 3. End off.

Rnd 5: Starting in one of the ch 2 corner spaces from the previous rnd, join new color and ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in same sp.  *Ch 1, *3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1**, rep from *2 more times. In next ch 2 space (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc). *Ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp**, rep from * 6 more times, ch 1. In ch 2 sp at corner, *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc)**. *Ch 1, *3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1**, rep from *2 more times.  In ch 2 sp, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc), ch 1. *Ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp**, rep from * 6 more times, ch 1, join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 3. End off.

Next week will mark 15 weeks of this sampler. I’m thinking we should start joining some of the squares, what do you guys think?

Happy hooking!

Blair

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27 Comments
  • Iris

    August 17, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Cool! I had never thought of a rectangular granny,it looks great.
    Looking forward to next week as well,love to see it all come together.

  • kat

    August 17, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Oh this looks interesting! Yes, let’s start joining some squares. I started another blanket because I’ve been having so much fun with this & need to learn how to join.

  • erin

    August 17, 2012 at 7:22 am

    love. and i am so far behind, it hurts. also, i pinned one for you yesterday…did you see it? xo.

  • Akhila

    August 17, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Thanks Blair these are so cool and easy to do. I am enjoying doing these squares. I am just about done:) Have a great weekend. See you next Friday:)

  • Isabel Silva

    August 17, 2012 at 8:25 am

    chain 16?? 4+2+1+2+1+2+1+2+1

  • Linda

    August 17, 2012 at 8:36 am

    I’m all up to date so will do these over the weekend, yes good idea Blair lets start joining 🙂

  • blair/wisecraft

    August 17, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Thanks Iris!

  • blair/wisecraft

    August 17, 2012 at 8:54 am

    OK, good, we’ll learn to join together : D

  • blair/wisecraft

    August 17, 2012 at 8:54 am

    No, I’ll go look. And once I started catching up, it took next to no time. And I bet I was farther behind than you are.

  • blair/wisecraft

    August 17, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Sorry Isabel, are you referring to the beginning chain? Did I type or say 16 somewhere? Its ch 13 for the first rnd. I’m not sure I understand your comment, so don’t know if I’m answering your question.

  • blair/wisecraft

    August 17, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Great! Thanks Linda!

  • myriam

    August 17, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I look forward to every friday!! These “assignments” help keep me focused as i tend to move from one to the next. I am really enjoying this. Thank You. Starting some joining sounds great. i can’t believe we are on the 14th week. have a great weekend!

  • Leanne

    August 17, 2012 at 10:23 am

    I had to chain 16 also. With a ch-13 I only get 2 “clusters” across the long side (not counting the corners), not 3 as pictured.

  • blair/wisecraft

    August 17, 2012 at 11:12 am

    You definitely only need 13 chains, unless I am missing something completely. The video shows it correctly, the written instructions may be more confusing, I’ll go back and look at them.
    Ch 13, count back 4 ch from the hook, in the 4th chain, make the corner sequence all in that same chain, skip 2 chains (that equals 6 chains so far), then do a 3dc sequence in the very next ch (7 chains so far), then skip 2 chains (totalling 9 chains), then another 3 dc sequence in next chain (10 chains), then skip 2 chains (that’s 12 chains), then make the opposite corner sequence like the first corner. That’s 13.
    If this doesn’t make sense let me know.

  • Isabel Silva

    August 17, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I´m relly enjoying doing this, i just want to help, in the written instructions you have 2 CLUSTERS (3dc sequence) across the long side, in the picture you have 3 CLUSTERS…look:
    “Ch 13, count back 4 ch from the hook, in the 4th chain, make the corner sequence all in that same chain, skip 2 chains (that equals 6 chains so far), then do a 3dc sequence in the very next ch (7 chains so far) – 1 CLUSTER- , then skip 2 chains (totalling 9 chains), then another 3 dc sequence in next chain (10 chains) – 2 CLUSTER – , then skip 2 chains (that’s 12 chains), then make the opposite corner sequence like the first corner. That’s 13.”
    to make another CLUSTER you need more 3 chains = skip 2 chains + 3dc sequence = 16 ;))

  • blair/wisecraft

    August 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Holy cow I finally get it! Yes, you are correct in what you are saying. I don’t know how many times I sat here with scrap yarn and redid this square to finally make what you were saying click into my brain. So sorry for the confusion! I took the video down because I didn’t want to confuse anyone else, and I changed the beginning chain to 16 instead of 13. Hopefully all is fixed now. Thanks for your persistance! Glad you were able to finish yours!

  • jess

    August 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I can’t wait to see how this is all going to come together! I started last week and I am almost caught up, I’m on week 12 right now.
    I haven’t done a rectangular granny since I was 12 or so, I’m looking forward to trying this square out!

  • severien

    August 18, 2012 at 2:59 am

    Absolutely LOVE this one. 🙂

  • Isabel Silva

    August 18, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Love this project! thank you!!
    I wish I could express myself more clearly in the first place, but i´m a portuguese living in Andorra, speaking catalan, spanish and french in everyday life, english in internet world, sometimes i can get confused with words… ;))

  • Iris

    August 18, 2012 at 5:08 am

    funny, 13 worked great for me!

  • quilterbell

    August 18, 2012 at 7:42 am

    I like the idea of a rectangular granny Blair!. I am a few three weeks behind but catching up!. Thank you!!!!

  • Mousy Brown

    August 19, 2012 at 3:19 am

    All done – think these are my favourite so far! I may have to make a few sneaky extras! 😀

  • blair/wisecraft

    August 19, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Thank you so much Myriam!

  • blair/wisecraft

    August 19, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Wow Jess, you’re fast! Glad you are joining in!

  • blair/wisecraft

    August 19, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Thanks! Me too : D!

  • blair/wisecraft

    August 19, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Glad you like the idea! And you’ll catch up in no time.

  • blair/wisecraft

    August 19, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    I may have to make a few extras too. What is it about the rectangle that I love so much?

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