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Stash-busting Weekend

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

Ch 12

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. 🙂

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One thought on “Stash-busting Weekend

  1. Hi Tami! Long time no see 🙂
    You should totally make a pair of socks from your Wollmeise. It’s too pretty to horde and the socks fell really wonderful!

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