How To Crochet a Rectangle Granny Square

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Want to crochet a heart granny square? You’re in luck, because you have found a great step-by-step rectangle granny square tutorial.

In this tutorial you will learn how to crochet a rectangle granny square.

This granny square is perfect if you need an alternative shape to the classic granny square and simply love crocheting granny squares.

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Crochet An Easy Rectangle Granny Square

The rectangle granny square is a great project for crocheters at all levels, even beginners.

This free crochet pattern shows you how to crochet this rectangle shaped granny step-by-step with a written pattern.

It’s not that different than the square granny square, however you start with the number of chains you need in the center, then work outwards.

The first round may seem the most difficult, but once you get going it’s easy!

The short and long edges are worked in the granny stitch, and the corners the same as a square granny.

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Materials & Tools For Granny Squares

To crochet granny squares and granny square shapes, you can use any size/mm crochet hook and yarn.

You can use any yarn fiber, like cotton, wool or acrylic yarn.

However, it’s most common to use either 3 light yarn (dk weight yarn) or 4 medium weight yarn (aran or worsted weight yarn).

Here are a couple of yarns I’d recommend to crochet granny squares:

These two yarns come in many beautiful colors & work for a range of granny square patterns.

Next, you’ll need a crochet hook that matches the yarn weight & a granny square blocking board is helpful when you block the finished pieces.

Best Tips for Crocheting Granny Squares

There are several factors that can help you have success when crocheting granny squares.

  1. Count stitches: Make sure you got each round right by counting stitches after finishing one round or side of the granny square.
  2. Weave in yarn tails as you crochet: Don’t leave weaving in yarn tails until you finish crocheting all your granny squares. Make a habit of weaving them in before you crochet another granny square, which will make weaving in ends less overwhelming.
  3. Use colors that contrasts well with each other. This will give you an overall more stunning look.
  4. Block your granny squares: Make sure you get a professional finish by blocking your granny squares.

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How to Crochet a Rectangle Granny Square

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Learn how to crochet a rectangle granny square with this step by step photo tutorial.
Cost $2
Total Time 15 minutes
Gauge NA
Sizes Depends on your crochet hook size, yarn & how many rounds you crochet

Skill Level

Easy

Materials

Abbreviations

We try our best to include all crochet abbreviations in the list above for the crochet pattern, but sometimes we may forget one or two.
Learn more about crochet abbreviations & find a complete list on our Crochet Abbreviations & Terms post.

Instructions

  • Ch a multiple of 3, then add 1 stitch.
    Chains in sample 9 + 1 = 10 stitches.
    Round 1 side 1: dc 2 into 4th ch from hook (=1st 3-dc group), *ch 1, sk 2 st, dc 3 in next ch*, repeat from *to* until end of foundation row working last 3-dc group in last ch.
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  • Round 1 first corners: ch 2, dc 3 in same ch, ch 2, dc 3 in same ch.
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  • Round 1 opposite side: Repeat from *to* working 3-dc groups into all the same chains as first side.
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  • Round 1 last corners: ch 2, dc 3 in same ch, ch 2, sl st in first st.
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  • Note:
    To change color: Fasten off, cut yarn, and make slip knot with new color.
    Continue with same color: sl st loosely in next ch-space and ch 2 (counting as the first dc on next round.
    Do the same for all following rounds.
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  • Round 2: *dc 3 in next ch-sp, ch 1*, repeat from *to* until you reach corner ch-sp, **dc 3 in corner ch-sp, ch 2, dc 3 in same corner ch-sp, ch 1**, repeat from **to** once, repeat from *to* until you reach corner ch-sp, repeat from **to** 2 times, sl st in 1st st.
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  • Round 3 and following rounds: Repeat round 2, working one dc 3 group into each ch-1-sp, with ch 1 between, and working two dc 3 groups into each corner ch-2-sp with 2 ch between.
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  • Fasten off and weave in ends with a yarn needle.
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Notes

  • This pattern is written in US terms (learn how to change to UK terms).
  • The crochet rectangle granny square is crocheted in rounds with the right side facing at all times.
  • This crochet granny square shape can be crocheted with any crochet hook size and yarn. 
  • Use it as a full project itself, or make many for a combined crochet project.

Solving Questions About Granny Rectangles

The crochet rectangle granny square isn’t laying flat, why?

In some cases you may find that the crochet rectangle granny square isn’t laying flat and there may be a couple of reasons for that.
Either you need to use a bigger crochet hook, because your tension is too tight.
The other reason may be that the chains in your corner space is too tight. Originally you would want 2 chains, but if your rectangle doesn’t lay flat, try swapping for 3 chains between the 3 dc clusters.

How to make the rectangle granny square a perfect rectangle?

To make the rectangle granny square a perfect rectangle, two important factors need to be accomplished.
First, you need to have the same amount of crochet stitches on each edge, check and verify to fix it.
Second, your granny rectangle may not have a perfect shape just as you finish, try blocking your granny square to create a perfect rectangle and professional finish.

Rectangle Granny Square Project Ideas

The rectangular granny square pattern can be used in all kinds of crochet projects that have a rectangle shape or join multiple granny square rectangles together to create other crochet creations.

Here’s a few crochet ideas rectangle granny squares would work well for:

Below you can see how to join multiple small rectangles together to create a project or how to make a big blanket using the rectangle granny square.

How to Join Granny Square Shapes Together

After learning to crochet this granny square shape, you of course need a way to join them together. There are several great ways to join granny squares together. But I’ll share 2 of the most common with you!

Whip Stitch

  1. The whip stitch uses yarn and needle.
  2. To whip stitch granny squares together, align the stitches of two granny squares with the right side facing against each other.
  3. With a needle, work through each of the aligned stitches with the yarn and needle

Whip Stitch Photo & Video Tutorial

Flat Slip Stitch Join

The flat slip stitch join creates a beautiful slip stitch seam between each of the granny squares.

  1. Make a slip knot and place it on the crochet hook.
  2. Line up two granny squares with the right side facing.
  3. Insert hook through the back loops of corner stitches on each square and slip stitch.
  4. Continue repeating for each stitch along the edge of the granny squares.

Flat Slip Stitch Join Tutorial

Rectangle Granny Square Blanket Formula

The basic granny rectangle pattern can be used as a blanket pattern, with the option to make it in all kinds of blanket sizes, using any yarn.

You can make anything from a baby blanket, to a throw or even a twin bed.

To crochet a rectangle granny square blanket in your desired size all you need to know is the width and length you need (find yours in our crochet blanket sizes overview).

  1. Blanket length – blanket width = starting chain length
  2. Round the number of chains to a multiple of 3+1.

Example: Let’s say you want to make a small throw that is commonly 60 x 48 inches. Then you would get a chain length of 12 inches. If that was 24 chain stitches, add 1 for the turning chain.

More Granny Square Shapes

Now that you have learned this granny square shape, you may want to explore a few more:

  1. Triangle Granny Square
  2. Square Granny Square
  3. Pentagon Granny Square
  4. Hexagon Granny Square
  5. Octagon Granny Square
  6. Granny Circle
  7. Granny Star
  8. Heart Granny Square
Janne Kleivset

Janne Kleivset

Founder, Crochet Pattern Designer & Owner of Joy of Motion Crochet.

Janne has helped millions of crocheters find their next crochet project with more than 250 free crochet patterns and 110 crochet tutorials on her blog.

With more than two decades of crochet experience, and crochet designing since 2011, she's been featured on multiple prominent sites such as Lion Brand Yarn, in crochet magazines and the OML "Make" book.

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