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14 March 2013

Grannie Patches Border Tutorial


★☆ - Beginner

Crochet Terms:

This pattern is written in UK terms. 
American terms are given below in green.

British (American)
sp - Space
ss - Slip Stitch (Slip Stitch)
ch - Chain (Chain)
dc - Double (Single)
htr - Half Treble (Half Double)
tr - Treble (Double)
dtr - Double Treble (Treble)

If you're interested in the colours I used, all the information is at the bottom of the post.

You can use this border pattern on any blanket which uses traditional granny squares, or even a large granny blanket.  For this little tutorial I made up a teeny tiny sample of my Giant Grannie Patches blanket.

ROUND ONE

Attach new yarn colour to any of the chain spaces along the side of the blanket and chain 1.

 Make a double crochet into the same chain space.

Make a chain of 3.

Then make a double crochet into the next chain space along the blanket.

Carry on in the same way, making a chain of 3 and then a double crochet into the next chain space.  Until you reach a place where two squares are joined together.

We're going to make a decreasing double crochet into the place where the two squares meet.

To do this, put your hook into the first space, wrap yarn around the hook and pull through.

Then, put your hook into the second space, wrap yarn around the hook and pull through.  (Three loops on hook.)

Then wrap yarn around hook and pull through the three loops on the hook.

Carry on chaining 3 and making double crochet's (dc's) into the chain spaces, until you reach the corner space.

Chain 3 and make a dc into the corner space.

Then chain 2.


Then make a second dc into the corner space, to complete the corner.

Then carry on chaining 3, making a dc into each ch space, and making a decreasing dc into the place where two squares meet, and working the corners as described above.

Keep going until you get right around to the beginning of the blanket, then chain 3.

Make a slip stitch into the top of the 1st double crochet of the round.

ROUND TWO

Keep the same colour yarn and chain 1.

Make 3 dc's into the loop.  (Make by the 3 chains between each dc of the last round)


Carry on making 3 dc's into each chain loop along the side of the blanket.

Until you get to the corner.

Make 1 dc into the corner loop and then chain 2.

Make a second dc into the same chain loop to complete the corner.

Carry on along the next side of the blanket, making 3 dc's into each chain loop as before.

Work your way right round the blanket, working the sides and corners as described, until you get back to the beginning.

To finish the round, make a slip stitch into the 1st dc of the round.

ROUND THREE

Keep the same colour yarn, chain 1 and make a dc into the same space.

Make a dc into each stitch along the edge of the blanket until you get to the corner space.

Make a dc into the chain space and then chain 2.

Make a second dc into the corner space to turn the corner, then carry on making dc's along the side of the blanket.

Work each corner as described above and when you reach the beginning of the blanket, make a slip stitch into the 1st dc to complete the round.

That completes the first part of the border.  I like this slightly more solid edge to finish the blanket nicely and prepare the way for the border.

ROUND FOUR

Attach a new colour yarn.  Make sure you attach it in line with one of the dc's of ROUND ONE.  (see pic)

Chain 1 and then make a dc into the same stitch.

Chain 2.

Then you need to skip two dc's of the round below and then make a dc into the 3rd chain.

This should mean that your next dc is also in line with the dc of ROUND ONE.  See the picture on the top right: I've put my hook in to show where the next dc is going to go.  2 dc's of ROUND THREE have been skipped, and the hook is in the 3rd chain, which is also inline with the dc of ROUND ONE (a decreasing dc in this case)

Carry on in this way, chaining 2, then making a dc into the 3rd chain along in the round below until the reach the corner.  Chain 2.

 Make a dc into the corner space and then chain 2.


 Make a second dc into the corner space, then carry on chaining 2 and making dc's as described above.

Work your way right around the blanket and finnish by chaining 2 and making a slip stitch into the 1st dc of the round.


ROUND FIVE

Attach a new colour yarn into one of the chain loops and chain 3.  (This is called a 'Shell')

Then make 3 treble crochet's into the same chain loop.  These 3 tr's make your second 'Shell')

Then make another 3 trebles into the chain space.

Carry on along the edge of the blanket, making 3 trebles (tr's) into each chain space until you get to the corner.

 Make 3 tr's into the corner space, the chain 2.

Make a further 3 tr's into the same corner space.  Then carry on along the side of the blanket as before, making 3 tr's into each chain loop.

Work your way right around the blanket, working along the sides and into the corners as described until you get back to the beginning the the blanket.

To finish the round, make a slip stitch into the 3rd chain of the beginning of the round (shown by my hook in the picture on the left).

 ROUND SIX

Attach a new colour yarn in between the sets of 3tr's (in between 2 Shells') of the round below.  (see pic on the left to indicate where to attach yarn)

Chain 1 and make a dc into the same place.

Chain 2 and then skipping the next 3 treble stitches (or 'Shell), make a dc.  (see pic on the right)

 Carry on in this way along the edge of the blanket, chaining 2, and making a dc between each 'Shell' until the get to the corner space.

Chain 2 and make a dc into the corner space.  Chain 2 again.

 Make a second dc into the same corner space to finish the corner.

Carry on all the way round the blanket, working the edges and corners as described, until you get back around to the beginning.  Then make a slip stitch into the 1st dc of the round.

Now all you need to do, is keep repeating ROUND FIVE and then ROUND SIX until the border is as wide as you'd like it to be.

Make sure you end on a ROUND FIVE when you are ready to finish the border.

Then, keeping the same yarn colour, start working as per ROUND SIX along the edge, except make 3 chains between each dc, instead of 2.

When you reach the corner, chain 3 and make a dc into the corner space as usual to start.



Chain 3 and instead of making another dc into the corner space as usual, this time, just continue round the blanket, making your next dc between the first and second shell of the new round.
(See pic on the right)

Carry on right around your blanket in this way and to finish, make a slip stitch into the 1st dc of the round.



There you have it, one very colourful, super granny-ish, Giant Patches Blanket Border.



COLOURS:


Starting at the inside, next to the blanket and working out to the edge:

1. Silver - 1203
2. Denim - 
3. Raspberry - 1023
4. Teal - 1062
5. Rowan Wool Cotton - Goldilocks (Discontinued)  
I just got some King Cole Big Value in Mustard though, and that's a great substitute.
6. Claret - 1123

With the exception of number 5, all of the other colours are from the Stylecraft Special DK range.

Why not come and share your creations with us in Cherry Heart's Cozy Corner, my Ravelry group.  It's a great place to go if you've got any questions too!


S x


31 comments:

  1. Thank you so much, Sandra. I was able to figure out what you did between the granny clusters, but the beginning was a problem. Now I only need to finish the last 190 squares on my blanket and then start the border. Oh, and I wanted to say that the colour combination of that test squares border is beautiful!

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  2. Ooohh that looks like a lovely border! Looking forward to trying that one out - thank you for all the time & effort on such a brilliant tutorial Sandra! Have a great week, Helen

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  3. Thank you thank you so much for the instructions.
    irene
    xxxx

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  4. Lovely - I would never have thought about the decreasing dc but it makes perfect sense. Thanks for the tutorial x Jane

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  5. This is such a beautiful border for your granny square blanket. I'm so glad that you posted it here to share with all us crochet enthusiasts! I love this stitch which gives little points of colour between the 3 dc (shell). Finishing off something beautifully is so important, isn't it?
    Have a lovely weekend! Sandra

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  6. Thank for really clear tutorial, Sandra! :) J.

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  7. Thank you for the tutorial. Also from your last blogpost. I like to try that crocetflower.
    Hug

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  8. A fantastic tutorial. Thank you!
    Anne xx

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  9. Sandra! Thank you for this fantastic tutorial. I have been trying to figure it out for a little while. Your tutorials are always great, easy and fun to follow. Can I be cheeky and ask what was the second colour you used for your border? I loved your colour combination, soooo beautiful and colourful.

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  10. This is great my dear, thank you. I love this border xx

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  11. Hello
    I found your gorgeous blog via Annie at Knitsofacto and must say that i adore this border, thank you so much for sharing xox Penny

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  12. oh more 'crochet love' here! Hmmm....I'm kind of sad that I finished off my latest afghan last night (except for those pesky yarn ends *lol!* ) I think this border would have been a lovely finishing touch. Oh well! there's always next time. (and what a wonderful 'excuse' to buy some more yarn *grin* )

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  13. I like! Ana from lanas de Ana has some similar, which I've used :)

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  14. just beautiful!!!!! thank you for sharing Sandra,
    a big hug xxx Ale

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  15. Excellent tutorial, Sandra! This type of border has become one of my favorites for granny squares. I will pin it for future reference...
    ♥ Ana BC

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  16. Very nice! Just started a granny patch, and this is a lovely border. Will remember to come back when I get that far!

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  17. Pure genuis, thank you. My next finish I will try this border.
    blessings, jill

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  18. Thank you for this tutorial, it's something I will definitely have a go at, it gives a very different look to the granny. Rowen@Coastal Colours

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  19. Great tut - Mind is I share it on my FB group?
    www.facebook.com/onshekel

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  20. I love the border so feel another blanket coming on to give it a try - just placed a big stylecraft order - hurry up postman x

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  21. Thank you for such a great tutorial and what a great border !

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  22. Thank you thank you for your tutorial, this is an absolutely gorgeous border! :-) xxxx

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  23. So glad you put this up! I love that border.

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  24. Thanks for sharing!! It's so lovely, I am definitely going to do it :)

    Have a great weekend!!

    Lluisa x

    http://spinningyarn74.blogspot.com.es/

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  25. So beautiful! I can't wait to try it on my next blanket! Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend! xo Heather

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  26. wow sandra this is lovely I have to try this out. Hope all is well with you hun

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  27. Hi Sandra! I'm basically just copying everything about your lovely granny patches blanket (well, in minuature anyway, haven't got the pactience to go full king sized!) and started on this border last night. The thing is, I just got to the end of round 2 and when I laid the blanket out flat to have a look, it was curling a lot at the corners and also puckering along the edges. Did this happen with yours? If so did it correct itself as you continue with the rounds? Or an I crocheting too tight do you think?

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  28. Love the look of this granny border. Great picture tutorial and I shared it on SU.

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  29. Brilliant border!!!! So pretty! Your tutorial is so clear, makes it easy to follow, thank you so much

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