Last week I had read this on Purl Bee. I was inspired! I love working granny squares since they are simple and don’t require much thought. Perfect for watching television at night, or sitting in a candlelit room and just talking with hubby during Earth Hour.
As much as I love the idea of a large granny square blanket, I really wanted something more rectangular. Since I couldn’t turn on the computer during Earth Hour I just came up with an elongated granny square, figuring I’d find a link to share with you all this morning. Guess what? I found some similar, but the other patterns used a lot more starting chains than I used. Interesting. What’s also interesting is how many people think they designed an original basic granny….whether square or rectangular. Aren’t they really all just variations of the same? How can a basic granny be original any more?
Anyway, I digress. I simply wanted to share with you my variation of the rectangular granny. Which I don’t dare to call an “original” pattern. I’m working this particular afghan in blues and greens, all stash. I also have enough set aside for another afghan when this is finished. The next is in purples, yellow, and white…it reminds me of the pansies I plant in my yard each year.
Basic Rectangular Granny – using worsted weight yarn and size J hook
Rnd 1: (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in 4th ch from hook, ch 1, skip next 3 ch, 3 dc in next ch, ch 1, skip next 3 ch, into last ch work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) ch 2 and work 3 more dc into same space. Now working along other side of ch, skip 3 ch, 3 dc into next ch, ch 1, skip next 3 ch, and work 3 dc ch 2 into beginning ch. Join with sl st to beginning ch 3. (You should have 8 of the 3 dc groups)
Rnd 2: Sl st in each st to corner ch 2 sp. Ch 3, work (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp, ch 1, and work (3 dc, ch 1) in each ch 1 space, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in each corner around. Join with sl st to beginning ch 3.
And now, you would just repeat round 2 over and over until you either 1) run out of yarn, or 2) the afghan reaches the desired size.
I’ll get a photo and post it for you in a little while. 🙂