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.
Your starting chain should always be a multiple of 3, plus an extra 2.
Lets say for the tester chain 20 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 ** until you have just 3 stitches left, 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 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 tr clusters into each space made in 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 each space along, but work JUST 2 tr's into the final space. Turn.
Row 5 ::
chain 3, work tr cluster's each space across. 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, plus an extra 2. 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 (this post includes info/pattern details about the edging)
You can buy the yarn pack to make this blanket from my Attic24 shop. The pack includes 17 x 100g balls of Stylecraft Special DK, available here.
EDIT :: if you'd like more info about the exact order of colours I used to create this striped blanket, you can find it here.
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