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Elegant Granny Style: The Granny Stripe Blanket

All too often I hear people saying "this isn't your granny's crochet" or disparagingly calling something handmade "granny" to mean that it's unstylish, ugly or fussy. I personally think this is unfair to our collective Grannies, women who made so many beautiful things that still inspire us today.  I made this bed sized Granny Stripe blanket with the hope of showing that Granny Style can indeed be a thing of beauty.  I think this blanket is both modern and elegant, especially with its playful color note which for me harkens back to the fun and funky crocheted blankets made by many of our grandmothers.

The Granny Stripe is a crochet pattern that is made just like the iconic Granny Square, but instead of stitching around and around a center square, it is made by stitching back and forth in rows.   The beauty of the Granny Stripe pattern is how effortlessly it lends itself to graphic elements, like bright stripes or big blocks of color.

For my Granny Stripe blanket I used the incomparable Madeline Tosh, Tosh Merino Light. As I worked on the blanket I fell madly in love with this yarn, it is an amazingly strong but delicate single ply beauty.  Tosh Merino Light comes in an astonishing range of gorgeous hand dyed color, and truly any one of them (or any dozen!) would make an incredible Granny Stripe blanket.  Above are a handful of colors I really love and considered for the blanket, the off white is Antler, the top stripe is Edison Bulb (both used in my blanket), then Citrus, Napoli, Oceana and Denim.   --Joelle


Finished Measurements: approximately 50-inches x 56-inches wide.

Gauge: 24 double crochets = 4 inches wide

You will need:


The Pattern

Pattern Notes

  • The hardest part of this project is the first part - making a very long chain, and then working into the very long chain for your foundation row. I'm not going to lie to you and tell you I enjoyed this part, I didn't! However, it's totally worth it! Also, if you have some crochet experience, you can avoid all this with our step-by-step Foundation Single Crochet tutorial which teaches you to create the chain and first row of single crochets all in one step!
  • The pattern stitch is a multiple of 3 + 2, so if you want a smaller blanket, it's easy, just chain less, making sure that the stitch count is a multiple of 3, plus 2 stitches.


With Contrast Color, chain (ch) 302.

Foundation Row:  1 single crochet (sc) into 2nd chain from hook, 1 sc into each chain to end (301 sc).

(If you're an experienced crocheter, you'll probably prefer to make a Foundation Single Crochet of 301 stitches instead of 302 chains and the Foundation Row.)

Foundation Stripe Row: 1 sc into each sc to end. (301 sc).

*Switch to Main Color.
Main Color Set Up Row: Ch 3 (counts as 1 double crochet (dc)), 1 dc into first sc, [skip 2 sc, 3 dc into next sc] to end (you will have: 2 dc stitches plus 100 dc groups).

Main Color Granny Row:  Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc into very first stitch, [3 dc into next space between dc groups] repeat to last space, 2 dc into last space and then 1 dc into 3rd stitch of ch 3 from previous row.

Repeat Main color Granny Row 31 more times.

Switch to Contrast Color.
Stripe Row Set Up:  1 sc into each dc to end (301 sc).
Stripe Row: 1 sc into each sc to end. (301 sc).

Repeat from * 4 times more.

Sew in ends and enjoy!

ps- For those of you asking for a photo of the edge of the blanket here you go!

Reader Comments (72)

Hello, I'm planning a little blog post on inspiring crochet blankets, and I love this modern take on the crochet blanket you've created, so I wanted to put a link to your pattern on my blog.
I would also like to ask for permission to use one of your photos above in my blog post, with the link, I find that people are so much more likely yo follow a link if they have a visual indication to inspire them.
Many thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you.
Best wishes, Vanessa x
April 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa
It would be really good with the projects you post if you could also put an approximate number of hours that each project took, and the cost involved using the materials listed. This is lovely.
April 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGeorgia
I have been crocheting forever and just recently found this brilliant little technique for a one step foundation row. No endless chaining! It comes in really handy for a variety of projects.

Love your blanket! The airiness of the granny stitch makes it perfect for a lighter weight blanket.
April 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClare
That is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic link!
April 18, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Sigh. I'm going to have to learn to crochet. That looks chic with the contrast stripe.
April 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSamina
wow, this is so beautiful it makes me want to drop all my projects and start this one! also, thanks to Georgia for that tutorial for no chain foundations!
April 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterellen

My pleasure (and of course, special thanks to "Carina").

I have used the same technique for a single crochet foundation row. Just eliminate the very first yarn over, and off you go. It is so much easier than counting, and then working into, a really long flimsy chain.
April 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClare
Awesome! This blanket makes me want to learn crochet. I think I will give it a go:) BTW, I just visited your new shop location a few days ago as I was on a mini vacation to NY. It is delightful for sure. I so wish I lived closer-CA is much too far away from Purl :(
April 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeanie
Hi i love this beautiful blanket!! i have just taken up crocheting and want to tackle this soon - but have recently learnt there re differences by what we here in australia call a single stitch, double stitch etc ... so wondering if you could clarify for me exactly how you did your stitches! thanks and look forward to more inspiring projects!
April 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterronit
I'd love to try this blanket. I'm a beginner and am just learning all the terminology. The yarn you specify is "fingering weight, single ply". Is this the same as sock yarn? Most of the fingering weight yarns I'm finding are 4-ply - or they don't list the # of plys at all... I'm looking for a less-expensive alternative to the Tosh Merino Superwash you used. Can you tell me what I should look for? It's for a baby blanket so it must be washable. Thanks!
April 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathy
Hi Kathy-

Fingering weight would work fine. For less costly alternative you might want to check out cascade heritage. It comes in a wide variety of colors:

Thanks for your comment!

- Molly
April 22, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi - I too absolutely LOVE this blanket & I too am new to crocheting so am trying this style in a smaller scale scarf for my husband!! I was just wondering when you do the contrast row where do you weave in the ends?? Instead of going up & down the side can you go into the scarf .. I mean across the width of the scarf?? Thanks so much...
P.S I'm loving that this is a new crocheting tutorial .. thanks for all you do!!
April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJess
Hi Jess-

We recommend that you weave in the ends along the width.

Thanks for your nice comments!
April 25, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Great project...I'm too chicken to try it on this scale first, but my hands are aching to get into something...just in time for summer! Cluck!
April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Zimmer
Beautiful blanket - it's so elegant! I agree - we need to reclaim the "Granny" remark to refer to something to be treasured.
I'm definitely going to be making this, although I may start with one for a single bed first :-)
April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSam
I would love to make this as a throw blanket first but how many chains should I start with?
May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrittney
Hi Brittney-

You chain 302 stitches to begin this blanket. Thank you for your question!
May 13, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi there! So I am brand spankin new to crochet and decided to tackle this project because I adore it (thank you for posting it!). Everything is going swimmingly, BUT my foundation row is much much tighter than the main color section. Is there a way to re-do the foundation row without having to undo the entire thing and fix the tension issue? Or some version of the foundation row in the contrast color that I may be able to replace the original foundation row with?
May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRayan
Somehow I missed this post when it was originally published and just found it in the archives. I am so into solids right now and this really appeals to me. Great pattern. Thanks as always.
June 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTina L.
Is there anyway you can crochet each of the 32-row sections and then join them later?

It's going to take me well into Spring (I'm in the southern hemisphere) to complete and I don't fancy sitting with a queen-size blanket on my legs. Plus it's not all that portable as it grows.

These images inspired me to crochet my first project in approx 28 years (I was 10 the last time I made a granny square blanket). Thanks!

August 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLouise
Hi Louise-

You could certainly crochet the larger gray rectangles separately and then crochet them all together with the yellow later. Joelle recommends that you do a row of single crochet at the beginning and end of each rectangle using the yellow so it will be easier to piece together later.

Thanks for the question and good luck!- Molly
August 10, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Fantastic re-vamp of the granny stitch, love it!. I am about to start this project and was wondering if you could add a picture of the edge/sides of the blanket? I have read the instructions and found them easy to read and understand, but a visual of the edging would help very much...please!
October 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElla
Here's my interpretation of your Granny Stripe Blanket pattern - scaled down.
October 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathy
How do I make this into a king blanket? How many more panels? How much more yarn?how many more chains?
January 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterManju
Hello! This is such a lovely blanket, and your instructions are so easy to follow. I have made a pillow based on a variation of your stitch and posted about it here:

There are a couple of links to your site from my posts as I referred to some of the instruction. Thank you so much for sharing your talent and for your beautiful blog.
January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAstri
Hi! You mentioned using Cascade Heritage as a less costly alternative for yarn - what colors of the Heritage would most closely resemble the "antler" and "edison bulb" colors you used in the original?? Thank you! Michele
January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichele
HI Michele-

Unfortunately we are no longer carrying the Cascade Heritage. Right now the original yarn that this is made with (Madeline Tosh Merino Light) is actually the best value for its weight since you get a whopping 420 yards for less than $20 and it comes in such great colors.

If you'd like to cut down on the cost of the blanket you might consider crocheting it a bit smaller since it's pretty large. Or you could crochet it in a larger gauge using Cascade 220, which comes in lots of great colors: (unfortunately there is no color that compares to "Edison Bulb" but "Aspen Heather is a good match for "Antler")

Thanks so much for your question and good luck!

January 21, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I love this pattern! But I am new to crocheting and need all details spelled out for me! Having a really hard time understanding how to turn up to the next row and just wanted to put in a "ditto" for the comment earlier requesting any close-up images of the sides of the blanket....

I built my foundation row (used orange instead of yellow) and then built up to the first main row; and not entirely sure if I've started the third row correctly. I had 2 spaces left after my last double-crochet on the first main row -- is this correct?

One last question: If I wanted to do a blanket half this width I'm guessing I would start with a foundation row of 151?

Thanks so much in advance for any advice!

PS... Love your site and hope to take a class with you guys as soon as there is a new beginner crochet class available!
January 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda
Hello, I love this blanket and your site, very inspiring.

I'm trying to track down some "Edison Bulb" Madeline Tosh, Tosh Merino light in London, UK but unsuccessful :(
Could you suggest another option for the neon yellow colour?
January 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermichelle
Hi MIchelle-

Unfortunately there really isn't another yarn in that gague and color I can think of. We are currently sold out of it but we do ship to the UK so please drop us a line at customerservice AT purlsoho DOT com if you'd like to get an email when it comes back in.

Thank you!

January 25, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Molly! I love this pattern, but was thinking of doing it in a larger gauge yarn to achieve a larger blanket without chaining 600+ stitches! Do you think this is a feasible pattern with a worsted weight yarn, or will one sacrifice aesthetics?
February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJ
Hi J-

The only way to tell is to do a gauge before taking the big plunge. I imagine it will still look beautiful. Please let us know how it goes and thanks for the comment!

February 8, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
You can probably crochet this blanket in strips also and join them. I also wanted to say that Purl Bee is great, thank you for all your patterns.
February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdele P
Could you show a photo of the edge of this (i.e. where you turn the granny rows), I'm trying to get my head around the pattern and usually find it easier if I can see a picture!
February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIrmhild
Thank you for the wonderful pattern! I am hoping to make this as a wedding gift. I would like to use the Tosh Merino Light in some of its new colors, maybe Calligraphy and Scarlett. However it seems I cannot purchase 10 skeins of one color, which is what you have specified in your pattern. Any suggestions for how to get that much of this lovely yarn? Thank you!
February 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHannah
Hi Hannah-

What a lovely wedding gift!

We are currently waiting on 6 skeins of Calligraphy but we do have 12 of the Scarlett available now. The best thing to do would be to drop our webstore a line at customerservice AT purlsoho DOT com and let them know the quantities and colors you'd like. They'd be happy to place a special order for you.

Thank you for your question!

February 27, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi there... I left a comment on January 25th too; in the meantime; I started the project and think I figured out how to turn up to the next row (I've made it into the main color by 22 rows) but my edges still look wobbly and would still love to see a pic of the edges of this blanket -- or any advice on how to end every other row since they don't all end at the same spot.

Also: I am pretty confused about the width of this blanket! In the post it says: "Finished Measurements: approximately 50-inches x 56-inches wide."

But this thing is supppperrr long! It is 100" wide?! Way too big for my full size bed -- but I will continue making it since I love the project so very much. :)
Just thought I would make that comment as it may be helpful to anyone else who is ambitious enough to make this their first crochet project and may not know what they are getting themselves into!
March 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda
...oops one more question:

The post also says: "You will need: ... 10 skeins main color (I used Antler), 1 skein of contrast color (I used Edison Bulb."

But there is no way my 10 m.c. skeins will be enough!! I'm well into my 4th skein and like I mentioned earlier -- only 22 rows into the m.c.

I counted out the 302 starter row and my gauge seems accurate?? Obviously something is wrong though since this is double the width than it states in the post :)

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Although, there is nothing I can probably do at this point -- I would still like to know what I did wrong! Thanks so much!
March 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda
Hi Amanda-

We are emailing you a response right now along with a picture. Thanks for writing in!

March 19, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
this is a really lovely blanket, however i am struggling with the edges and when i change onto the main colour, i was wondering if you wouldn't mind sending me a photo of the side edge and maybe giving me some idea as to what the stitch count is after each row.......sorry i'm a real simpleton when it comes to patterns. all i know is that i'm not getting the same stitch count when i get to the main colour as to when you begin with the SC....ahhhh :)

April 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatey
Am I right in thinking that you could make it all neat and beautiful (hiding all kinds of mistakes) by doing a single stitch border in the main colour around the edge?
May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlison
Hi Alison-

You could certainly give that a try! Let us know how it goes!

Thanks for writing- Molly
May 30, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi I am looking to make this as a baby blanket, how many skeins of the main color and border color would you recommend I purchase? I also noticed that the colors antler and edison bulb is out of stock in your online store, what other colors would you recommend instead?
June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLola
Hi Lola-

To make it 30-inches wide, we would suggest 1 of the contrasting color, and 6 of the main color. Currently we are very low on this yarn and there aren't a lot of color choices available. If you'd like to be notified when it comes back in stock please drop us an email at customerservice AT purlsoho DOT com.

Otherwise, we might suggest using this washable merino instead. Perhaps "seaside" as the main color and either "ducky" or "key lime" for the contrast. If you go with this option you'll need to buy 7 of the main color and 1 of the contrast.

Thank you so much for your question!

June 6, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I just LOVE this. I started making it (with some changes) and I have the contrast foundation down, but how would I start the main part? Could I see a picture of the edges to have a better guess of how to do it? That's where I'm stuck. Thanks in advance!
August 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatty
Hi Patty,
There is an email coming your way!
August 28, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Loooove this. I Love This Yarn! Now has a neon line so I'm taking this amazing blanket on as a winter project. Did you add any edging or did you leave it raw? Just wondering since your picture doesn't show your sides. Those are my weak spot. Lemme know! XO thanks again for your beautiful work.
October 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVeronica
Hi Veronica-

There is no border or edging. The full pattern is above. Please let us know if you have any more questions, and thanks for writing in!

October 18, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I've just discovered this and as a new'r crochet'r, i am taclking this! Im curious though, what has been the actual number of skeins to be used based on a 400 yd skein of fingering wheight yarn?

It can get quite costly is why I'm asking. Thanks for responding.
November 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeb Buckingham
Hi Deb-

You would need 11 400 yard skeins.

Thank you for your question and good luck with the project!

November 26, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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