Here is my pattern for the Granny Stripe....so sorry that due to time restrictions i haven't been able to photograph my usual step-by-step stylie instructions just yet. But hopefully you'll be able to understand my pattern and give it a go.
Before you begin making your blanket, what I humbly suggest is that you make a tester first, to get the measure of the pattern before you go cussing into that looooong blankety foundation chain.
I'm writing this in UK terms ok, so first row is double crochet, then after that we switch to treble crochet. For US peeps, work your first row in sc, then switch to dc.
Multiples of three then, lets say for the tester chain 21 to begin.
Row 1 ::
work 1dc in 2nd chain from hook. Continue working dc's into each chain till the end. You should have worked 19 stitches in total. Turn the work.
Row 2 ::
Chain 3, then work 1tr into first stitch. *Skip 2 stitches, then work 3tr's (I call this a "tr cluster") into next stitch*. Repeat between ** 4 more times, skip 2 stitches, then work 2tr's into last stitch on row.
You should have a row that begins and ends with 2tr's, and has 5 tr clusters in between. Turn.
Row 3 ::
You'll be working out of the spaces between the tr clusters of the previous row.
Chain 3, then work 3tr's into 1st space between clusters of previous row. Work 5 more tr clusters into the spaces of the previous row. And then to finish the row, work 1 tr into the top stitch of the ch3 made at start of previous row. Fasten off.
Row 4 :: Tie in your new colour...knot the two yarns tightly together, leaving ends to darn in after.
To begin, insert hook through the very first space of the previous row (between the last tr and the previous tr cluster). Draw the new yarn colour through to the front, ch 3, then 1 tr in same space.
Work tr clusters into the next 5 spaces, then work 2tr's into the final space. Turn.
Row 5 ::
chain 3, work 6tr cluster's in next 6 spaces. To finish the row, work 1 tr 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 colour.
I really hope you can understand this as I've written it, as soon as I'm able I'll do one of my usual tutorials with lots of pics for those of you who like the visuals, but hoping for now that this will get you started.
Remember when you start out on a blanket, your foundation chain needs to be a multiple of 3. Remember also not to make your foundation chain too tight :: try to chain loosely if poss, or switch to a hook a size bigger.
You can read about The Granny Stripe blanket Beginning here.
And the Granny Stripe Ta-dah post is here.
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