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Where are my crochet people at? I’ve got a new afghan project for ya! About time, right? This simple granny stripe blanket (afghan) is my latest and I think you’ll love, love, love it!

Simple granny stripe afghan. The perfect crochet afghan for beginners.

Time to try something new

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.

Simple granny stripe afghan. The perfect crochet afghan for beginners.

This simple granny stripe blanket (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!

Simple granny stripe afghan. The perfect crochet afghan for beginners.

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.

Still only two stitches

This simple granny stripe blanket (afghan) 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!

Simple granny stripe afghan. The perfect crochet afghan for beginners.

Let’s do this!

I used Caron 1 pound skeins of medium 4 yarn in taupe and white.
A double crochet cluster is 3 double crochets in the same stitch.


Using a “G” hook, chain 147.

Row 1: Work 1 double crochet into the third chain. *Skip 2 stitches, work double crochet cluster into the next stitch*. Repeat all the way across. Make 2 double crochets into the last chain. Chain 2 and turn.

Row 2: Work a double crochet cluster into the first space between the clusters on the previous row. Do this all the way across. End with one double crochet into the top of the chain 2 at the end of the row. Cut yarn and weave ends (or wait until the end, like I did – LOL).

Row 3: Join new color with a slip stitch chain 2, 1 double crochet in the same space. Work double crochet clusters into all spaces. Work 2 double crochet in the top of the chain 2 at the end of the row. Chain 2 and turn.

Row 4: Work double crochet clusters in all the spaces across the row. End with one double crochet into the top of the chain 2 at the end of the row. Cut yarn and weave ends (or wait).

*Repeat rows 3 and 4, alternating colors, until desired length is reached.*

Don’t forget to weave in all those tails, if you didn’t do so already!

For the border:

Chain 1 and single crochet in each stitch across the top, 3 single crochets in the corner. Continue the single crochet down the side using 3 single crochets for every 2 rows (I have a total of 204 stitches down each side), 3 in the corner, single crochets in each stitch across the bottom, and single crochet up the other side. Repeat for a total of 3 rows. Join last single crochet to the corner with a slip stitch and weave the tail in.

This simple granny stripe blanket (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!

Did you make this project? We want to see! Tag @kristineinbetween on Instagram and hashtag it #kinbetween

And when you’re all done, try this easy single crochet afghan or this all double crochet afghan!


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  1. Do you have a easy granny square baby afgan

    1. Tracy Spinks says:

      Hi. I was wondering roughly how many balls of yarn you used to make the bed-size throw above. Many thanks!

  2. I’ve made three blankets so far and will be staring a fourth soon. So peaceful and relaxing!

    1. Hi Marlene, I know exactly what you mean! I find crocheting extremely peaceful and therapeutic! Such a nice way to spend an afternoon, isn’t it? Happy crocheting!

  3. ugh….I am a visual learner (beginner)……I have started this 4 X and cannot get it……can you post a video on this…..I love this pattern and have spent my winter making 8 baby blankets and 2 full size afghans…….this was the first project I wanted for myself and just cannot get this…..started this 4 X only to rip it out….. 🙁

  4. I chained 147 and it is no where near 50″

    1. This sounds like a gauge issue, Maureen. You might be too tight or too loose with your chains. I would just crochet up to whatever multiple of 7 you get that 50″ mark for, or change your gauge to accommodate the pattern. Happy creating! 🙂

  5. How many rows did you end up doing? I want to make mine roughly the same length.

  6. Hey, Kristine, I will make this pattern soon. Thank you for sharing a beautiful, easy design. I’m making afghans for a nursing home. I want to use up miles of yarn so I prefer single (or two) color designs. I’m with you on weaving in tails! About your cookies, did you know that the current recipe on chocolate chip cookies is different from that on older packages? I’m older than dirt, had a package from long ago, and was surprised to see how different the recipes are. The older recipe calls for 3/4 tsp baking pwder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt. New calls for 1 tsp baking soda & 1 tsp salt. Old calls for 1 egg; new calls for 2 eggs. Old calls for 3/4 c. brown sugar and 1/3 c. white sugar. New calls for 3/4 c. each brown and white sugar.

  7. Amy Cypert says:

    Do I need to chain 1 after each cluster stitch?

  8. Miss Mahtab says:

    Amazing crochet design. so useful with creative thoughts. I like it very much. you give a unique idea to crochet lovers. who love to crochet they should try this.thanks for the helpful

  9. I’m having a hard time understanding the last stitch in each row. Does the stitch go into the top loop or into the last hole?
    Thank you,

  10. Wanda Yearsley says:

    Thank you for your pattern! I just made one exactly like yours for my sister…..she had seen the picture of your afghan and loved the color combination so that’s what she chose! Turned out wonderful! However, I too was having trouble following the directions at first, so I switched and used another pattern I had done before in the Granny stripe. It was by Attic24, a lady in Great Britain who had done a rainbow granny stripe afghan, which I did for a granddaughter. I had to adapt her instructions into US terms, as they use different terms over there. Here are the instructions I used:

    Your starting chain should always be a multiple of 3, plus an extra 2.

    [So I chained 159 +2 for a total of 161 chains when I made mine.]

    Row 1 ::
    work 1sc in 2nd chain from hook. Continue working sc’s into each chain till the end. Turn the work.
    Row 2 ::
    Chain 3, then work 1dc into first stitch. *Skip 2 stitches, then work 3dc’s (I call this a “dc cluster”) into next stitch*.
    Repeat between **  until you have just 3 stitches left, skip 2 stitches, then work 2dc’s into last stitch on row.
    You should have a row that begins and ends with 2dc’s, and has dc clusters in between. Turn.
    Row 3 ::
    You’ll be working out of the spaces between the dc clusters of the previous row.
    Chain 3, then work 3dc’s into 1st space between clusters of previous row. Work dc clusters into each space made in the previous row. And then to finish the row, work 1 dc into the top stitch of the ch3 made at start of previous row. Fasten off.
    Row 4 :: Tie in your new color…knot the two yarns tightly together, leaving ends to darn in after. [or do as suggested in other comments on this page and just leave yarn attached to balls so no weaving in at the end]
    To begin, insert hook through the very first space of the previous row (between the last dc and the previous dc cluster). Draw the new yarn color through to the front, ch 3, then 1 dc in same space.
    Work dc clusters into each space along, but work JUST 2 dc’s into the final space. Turn.
    Row 5 ::
    chain 3, work dc cluster’s each space across. To finish the row, work 1 dc into the top stitch of the ch3 made at start of previous row. Fasten off.
    Repeat rows 4 and 5, working two rows for each color.

    [Your rows will have 2 dc on each end of the first row and 1 dc on each end of the second row all the way through….that helped me to remember to make sure I got started right!]