Good ol’ granny stripe! Who doesn’t know it? Who doesn’t love it? This well-known technique is versatile and has truly timeless look to it. You can conjure up all sorts of things with it, because it’s all in the details (and colors!). Those of you, who don’t like it, certainly haven’t seen enough of it!
Beginners, if you want to learn your first proper stitch (not counting basic stitches!), this one is for you, because it’s easy and fun!
Grab your crochet hook and try it!
In this article I’m focusing on granny stripe, and what do I mean by it? Well, you can find a lot of ways to work granny stitch – in squares, rows, ripples, even in a circular manner! But this post is all about working it in rows.
It’s perfect for blankets of all kinds, so baby blankets, throws and bedspreads. You can use it in garments and accessories, too! Trying out different color palettes is a real game changer for this simple stitch.
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Looking for today’s inspiration roundup was quite overwhelming, especially because there are so many fantastic ideas for granny stripe stitch! As per usual, I tried to pick absolutely the most stunning and versatile versions, so that you can fully appreciate vast range of possibilities that this technique brings.
Read carefully for free crochet patterns and tutorials.
Granny Fusion Blanket by Keiara
Big projects doesn’t require much skills, so if you dream about making a fantastic king-sized bedspread for your bedroom, we’ve got you covered. This fantastic project by Keiara, which you can see in the photos below, features nothing else than granny stripe stitch and simple granny squares for the border.
- photos by keiara on Ravelry (click for more photos)
This project was based on a free pattern Granny Stripes by Lucy of Attic24, which is available on her blog attic24.typepad.com. Border of this bedspread is made with simple granny squares, so to learn how to make them, check out my blog post called Granny Square Crochet Ideas.
Ellie’s Granny Stripes Birthday Blanket by spinnyknitter
There’s something absolutely magical in rainbow colors, because they catch my eye instantaneously. What makes it a truly professional crochet design, though, is lovely lacy border. Can you believe, that Spinnyknitter came up with it and just improvised? Stunning work and great choice of colors!
- photos by spinnyknitter on Ravelry (click for more photos)
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Granny Stripe by cosykitty
Ahh rainbows. I couldn’t resist, because apparently I need to include a rainbow project in all of my round-ups 😉 This beauty has some unexpected combos, but still the color flow is amazing.
- photos by cosykitty on Ravelry (click for more photos)
To try out something even more fun than rainbow, take a look at crazy geometric free pattern by Love Triangles Baby Blanket by ChiWei Ranck. It’s awesome!
Cheerful and Fun
Granny Stripe Crochet Blanket by Repeat Crafter Me
Colorful stripes doesn’t have to mean weaving in thousands of ends, because we now have amazing self-striping yarns! This lovely blanket used Red Heart super saver in these juicy colors. Sometimes simple techniques are the best to showcase the beauty of color flow!
- photos by Sarah Zimmerman / repeatcrafterme.com
This blanket is available as free crochet pattern on repeatcrafterme.com.
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Granny Stripe Blanket by cathncrochets
You will easily achieve bigger stripes if you go for alternating two rows of the same color, so keep it in mind if standard granny is to busy for you. This color palette is somewhat unexpected for me, but it works beautifully! Take a look at the photo to admire great edging, too.
- photos by cathncrochets on Ravelry (click for more photos)
Granny Stripe Blanket by Kaidalys
Are you a sucker for lilacs, because I definitely am! This blanket design alternates hues of violet and pink with consistent cream intermissions. The effect is fabulous!
- photos by Kaidalys (@kaidalys)
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Don’t be afraid of colors! Use them as an accent juxtaposed against white for dramatic effect, or go full on with the joy of mixing colors! If it’s a baby blanket, you cannot go wrong with this palette.
- photos by Kaidalys (@kaidalys)
These projects are based on a classic (and probably the most popular ever!) free crochet pattern for Granny Stripes by Lucy of Attic24. If you go to Ravelry page of this pattern, be sure to dive into library of users’ creations, it’s almost 7500 of them!
Little Happy Blanket by Little Gems
This blanket is called Happy Little Blanket and I know why! Many of you hate weaving in ends after using so many colors in one project, but guess what – you can leave them and turn into fringe!
- photos by Little Gems (@littlegemscraftshop)
If you are in need for good stashbuster project, try this free crochet pattern for Stashbuster Granny Stripe Afghan by Amy Ramnarine.
You may also like this article – Arcade Stitch Ideas.
Granny Stripe Blanket by RedAgape (Mandy O’Sullivan)
Colorful doesn’t always mean noisy and this beautiful blanket is an excellent example. Lovely scalloped white edging is a great way to frame this design and add a finishing touch.
- photos by RedAgape (Mandy O’Sullivan) (@crochetbyredagape)
Elegant and Deep Palettes
Granny Stripe Blanket by KateCrochet1
Deep tones are definitely my favorites, especially if they are arranged in a smooth color flow, so this project is right up my alley. Kate created valleys of blue and hills of earthy reds, all of them flowing from one to the other, naturally.
- photos by KateCrochet1 on Ravelry (click for more photos)
You may also like this article – 6 Day Kid Blanket Ideas.
Granny Stripe by Little Duck Crochet
This project is not deep in color, but definitely is sophisticated, and that’s what’s most important. Four delicate colors make the perfect background for the fifth one, because it adds cheerfulness and brightness. What am I talking about? Golden yellow, of course!
Granny Stripe Blanket by Chrissie Crafts
Little ‘dots’ that the granny stripe creates, can become your playground! Use your main color, such as white or cream, to divide stripes of different colors. This particular design was made with adorable tiny skeins of Scheepjes minis!
- photo by Chrissie Crafts (@chrissie_crafts)
If you need more resources, I truly recommend taking a look at free crochet pattern for Good Morning Sunshine Blanket by Jess Coppom.
You may also like this article – Popcorn Stitch Ideas.
Granny Stripe Blanket by SewHappyCreative
Artisan yarns and multicolored skeins are great for grannies, too! Even if you don’t dye your own yarns, you can easily purchase beautiful ones online. Try them to create unexpected flow of colors or divide them with solid one to emphasize the pattern.
- photos by SewHappyCreative (@sewhappycreativ)
If you are interested in experimenting with colors, you may want to check out Color Pooling Baby Blanket by Sarah Zimmerman. Her project is so cool!
Granny Stripe Blanket by Mummys_Crochet_Boutique
This color palette is to die for! Don’t you love it? I bet it would look great in a nursery, so it’s a good idea to make one for a baby shower. These colors will work even if you don’t know if it’s gonna be for a boy or girl – it’s gender neutral!
- photos by Mummys_Crochet_Boutique (@mummys_crochet_boutique)
You may also like this article – Dragonfly Stitch Ideas.
Granny Stripe by IgnorantBliss
This little narrow piece of granny stripe has caught my attention, because it showcases truly beautiful color scheme. If you don’t want to go for a full-fledged blanket, there are many other options to choose from!
- photos by IgnorantBliss on Ravelry (click for more photos)
For example, you can make a scarf. Take a look at free pattern for Granny Stripe Scarf by Purl Soho. Simple, but clever idea!
That’s all for today, but I’ll be back with much more inspiring projects and free patterns. Like, share and subscribe if you like what you see. Stay tuned!
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