Granny stitch is one of the most popular ones among crocheters and every beginner eventually tries it, most often sooner than later. This stitch is what everyday people associate with crochet the most, because they are thinking about colorful bedspreads and cushions. Today I want to show you how to crochet granny stripe stitch, so that you can use in many ways, such as making garments and home accessories. It’s very versatile, so the sky is the limit!
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This is a great stitch for beginners, so if you are just starting out, be sure to master it. You make it with triads of double crochets, which create fun bead-like shapes. You can change the colors every row, or go for a uniform palette. Make it from squishy cotton blend and you can easily crochet a beautiful baby blanket!
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colors used: 834 Morganite, 816 Coral, 804 Boulder Opal, 831 Axinite, 821 Pink Quartzite.
colors used: 832 Enstatite, 822 Brown Agate, 829 Obsidian, 830 Lepidolite, 810 Garnet.
Lilacs and Roses
colors used: 807 Red Jasper, 808 Corundum Ruby, 811 Deep Amethyst, 818 Lilac Quartz, 820 Rose Quartz.
colors used: 803 Black Onyx, 802 Smokey Quartz, 814 Crystal Quartz, 801 Moon Stone, 823 Carnelian.
colors used: 815 Green Agate, 826 Fosterite, 819 New Jade, 812 Lemon Quartz, 833 Beryl.
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To practice, start out with one color of yarn. You need to make a basis for your stitch, so that it’s nice and even. A row of single crochet stitches is enough to create an elegant edge. Of course, if you are making a blanket, you can later add decorative border to it.
LEVEL – beginner
TERMS – standard US
- chain (ch)
- single crochet (sc)
- double crochet (dc)
MATERIALS AND TOOLS
- you can use any yarn and recommended hook size
- for the sample I used YarnArt Jeans and 3 mm hook
- diagram is a visual representation of the pattern, where symbols are used to represent stitches.
- start with chaining multiple of 3 + 2 – as you can see, starting chain has the “+2” colored yellow, but remember that your last chain is your turning chain for single crochet!
- in the first row of 3 double crochet clusters turning chain is 3 chains, but in the next rows it’s only 2 chains, because double crochets worked in the stitch are taller than those worked in the spaces.
chain multiple of 3 + 2. For this sample I chose 29 = 27 + 2 (the last one is your turning chain for single crochet)
entire row of single crochet stitches – in my sample it will be 28 sc
3 ch, 1 dc in the same stitch, *skip 2, 3 dc in the next st* repeat to the end of the row, 2 dc in the last st of the row.
2 ch, 3 dc in the nearest chain space, *3 dc in each space between the clusters*, 1 dc in the last stitch (top stitch of the last turning chain)
2 ch, 1 dc in the same stitch, *3 dc in each space between the clusters* repeat to the end of the row, 2 dc in the last st of the row.
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until desired size.
Hey, it wasn’t hard, right? Use this stitch in whatever project you want, or make some sweet colorful swatches.
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Thank you for the detailed tutorial. I could follow it easily.It was awesome .
Thanks, I’m glad you like it!
Your written pattern doesn’t match the chart? You say to repeat rows 3 and 4, but one of those rows is going into stitches while the other is in the spaces. According to your photo and the chart, after the set up row ALL rows are in the spaces? Am I seeing this right?
Hi Helen, thanks for reaching out. Yes, you are right, there was a little mistake in the row 4. My bad! Of course, after the set up row all dc clusters go in chain spaces.
I have bought beautiful yarn and I was thinking of making a sweater out of it. I never have make anything like a sweater before but I love you’re pattern but I’m not sure how to turn it into a sweater any tips for me how to start?
Hi Anne! thanks for your comment and sorry for the late response. Granny stitch is extremely popular, so I would recommend you searching for free (or paid!) patterns available online. Go to Ravelry and type in ‘granny sweater’, I bet that you will find a lot of resources there!
My corners are curling. Help
hi Teresa, are you sure you have the right amount of stitches in every row?
I’m making a little swatch now and thinking about making a baby blanket using 4 colors. what kind of border would you recommend for a blanket?
hey Sarah! I recommend you taking a look at my article called Granny Stripe Stitch Ideas, where you will find some beautiful versions of granny stripe blankets with various borders, or check out my edging recommendations here – The Best Crochet Edging Ideas. Maybe you will find some inspiration there 🙂
In row, are you supposed to double crochet in each of the three chains? Thank you
hi, I don’t really know which row you have in mind, but you always work your double crochet stitches in chain space, or – like in row 1 – in one stitch (single crochet)
Row 2 doesn’t indicate any ch spaces but row 3 has each cluster being crocheted into chain spaces. In row 2 am I suppose to chain between each cluster?
Hi Mary! of course, I meant spaces between the clusters – it’s now corrected in the pattern. You do not add any chain stitches between them.
Hi. I have just started with crochet after many many years. I wanted something easy, but beautiful and I think this is fantastic for me. I think that your esplation, chart, photoes are really what I need. I bought a crochet magazine in Italy, but you are better, I understand better. Thank you very very much!!!
I’m very glad you like it! <3
This is really helpful, especially for the different end parts to the two repeating rows. Thank you!
Great pattern! But a quick question. On that final image in the pattern— the stitch with the blue, yellow and white color change, how did you manage to color change the white without cutting the yarn? Thanks!
Thank you, Grace 🙂 I didn’t! I cut the yarn and wove the ends in.
Thank you for explaining the pattern so detailed, been searching all across the whole internet for this.
thank you! so glad you find it helpful <3
Great tutorial! Many thanks 👏
glad you liked it! <3
I hope go move in February to a retirement home and start a craft program and I will start with the granny stitch for beginners ir whoever and to crochet, It is a supper stitch and easy to show. Thanks
fantastic, good luck with that!