Where are my crochet people at? I’ve got a new afghan project for ya! About time, right? This simple granny stripe afghan is my latest and I think you’ll love, love, love it!
I really love to crochet, but it comes in waves. I’m on for a long time, and then I’m off, like really off…for a long time. I took a break from crochet after my last couple of blankets, the The Easiest Afghan Ever and 18,000 stitches, but I came back strong with this new simple granny stripe afghan!
Staying true to my style, I wanted to make an afghan that I could set down, walk away from, and still be able to come back to (and remember what was going on) whenever I wanted. But I’ve done the all SC and the all DC, so I had to dig a little deeper for this one.
This simple granny stripe afghan has a slightly more challenging pattern than I usually post, but still it’s fairly easy.
I say fairly because there were some stressful moments, haha. The first issue I ran into was the first row of single crochet stitches for the border, specifically the ones up the sides…figuring out where to place them and how many to use was hard and I ended up ripping them out a few times because it started getting wonky on me. I ended up putting 3 SC for every 2 rows up the sides and 1 SC in each stitch across the top and bottom.
The second issue I had was weaving in all the tails from the color changing. This wasn’t hard so-to-speak, but it was time-consuming; taking me several hours to complete. It’s not a deal breaker, but I was definitely ready to be done with the project and still had a gazillion tails to weave in. Stay strong my friend, you can do it!
Fortunately (for me), the last row was white, which was the same color that I wanted for the border, so after the last row, I chained 1, turned, and continued with 1 SC in each stitch all the way across. Then I added 3 SC to turn the corner, and SC all the way down the side. I continued with 3 SC in the corner again and the rest of the way around the blanket. I did 3 rows of SC to complete the border.
If you don’t end with the border color, you’ll have to change colors before you begin the border.
This blanket is made up of cluster stitches, which are just just 3 double-crochet stitches in one space and then the border is 3 rows of SC all the way around, joined at the end with a slip stitch. The finished size is 50 x 75 inches. I made this a little longer than I normally do, for my sweet husband, who’s over 6 feet tall. You’re welcome, babe!
Alright, let’s do this, here’s the pattern:
Note: SC = single crochet, DC = double crochet, cluster stitch = 3 DC in one space
*The basic pattern is chain 2, 1 DC, skip 2, cluster, skip 2, cluster all the way across, ending with skip 2, then 1 DC, chain 2, and turn.
I used Caron 1 pound skeins of medium 4 yarn in taupe and white.
Using a “G” hook, chain 147 (or any multiple of 7).
Row 1: Chain 2 and place 1 DC in the second stitch from the hook, skip 2, then cluster stitch in the open space, skip 2, cluster stitch*, all the way across. End with skip 2 and 1 DC in the last stitch, chain 2 and turn.
Row 2: Repeat row 1.
Row 3: Change color, chain 2, place 1 DC in the second stitch from the hook, skip 2, cluster stitch in the open space, skip 2, cluster stitch in the open space all the way across. End with skip 2 and 1 DC in the last stitch, chain 2 and turn.
Row 4: Repeat row 3.
Continue alternating for a total of 140 rows or however long you’d like your afghan to be.
Border: Chain 1 and SC in each stitch across the top, 3 SC in the corner, continue SC down the side using 3 SC for every 2 rows (I have a total of 204 stitches down each side), 3 in the corner, SC in each stitch across the bottom, and SC up the other side. Join last SC to the corner with a slip stitch and weave the tail in.
This simple granny stripe afghan would be gorgeous in all one color, with a transitioning multicolored yarn, or with blocks of color. There are so many possibilities.
Have fun with it!