Welcome to my tutorial for the Granny Stitch! A lot of people think of granny squares when they think of granny-patterned crochet, but did you know that you can get the same effect (with more power over shaping) with the Granny Stitch? It’s a very easy stitch pattern that works wonderfully for blankets, shawls, and dishcloths, and I’m sure for loads of other projects I’m not even thinking of right now.
As ever, I recommend first watching me do the stitch in real time to get a sense of the stitch, and then follow the step-by-step instructions below. And so, here I am, doing a granny stitch (with my super cute winter forest flannel sheets in the background, because I’m classy and elegant):
And now, the details of what to do:
First thing is to do your chain. You need to chain in a multiple of 3 (my finished chain here is 30 chains long) plus 2 chains for your turning chain.
Turn your piece, and to start your foundation row, make a double crochet in the 3rd stitch from the hook. Then, skip two chains, and make three double crochet stitches in the next chain (so all three stitches are in the same chain, making a sort of “fan” pattern as shown below). Skip two more stitches, and do another 3 double crochets in the third stitch. Continue until the end of the row. The last cluster should be only two double crochets in the same chain to end the row.
Chain 2, then turn your piece. Do one double crochet into the first space between clusters. On this row, and all subsequent rows, you won’t need to count stitches. You’ll simply crochet into the space between clusters, as shown below:
After that first lone double crochet, move on to the next space and double crochet 3x into that space, and then move onto the next space and do the same. Continue on until the end of the row. Once again, do one lone single crochet into the last space in the row and turn.
Please note that some people do a chain between each cluster of stitches and some do not (I do not). I think whether it’s best to do that extra chain is based on the sort of tension you crochet with. If you find it’s seeming too tight and scrunchy in your piece, I’d try it with the chain. I find the piece ends up way too loose and wide if I do the extra chain, so do whichever works best for you.
And that’s all! Well done, you’ve done a granny stitch, easy as pie!
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