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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)

Cool. Thanks for answering! Just ordered Knitpicks Palette fingering weight for the project. Fingers crossed it works.
November 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdeb buckingham
I love this pattern! I would love to make this using worsted weight yarn for a heavier blanket but I am math phobic and unsure how to convert the number of stitches and the hook used. Do you have any suggestions? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I just stumbled upon your site and love it!
December 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiz Lyon
Hi Liz-

You need to do a gauge swatch to figure out how many stitches you'll be getting per inch. Then multiply that number by 54-inches (the width of this finished blanket) and that's how many you cast on.

Please let us know if you have any more questions!


January 2, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hello! Thank you for the beautiful website; I love looking at the patterns provided here!

Unfortunately, I have sensitive skin and try to avoid using wool/animal fiber yarns altogether, and I'm having a hard time finding a similar yarn in something like cotton. Do you have any suggestions for an alternate yarn?

Thank you so much!
January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMegan
Hi Megan-

The beauty about this pattern is that the gauge doesn't need to match exactly since the finished piece doesn't need to fit like a sweater or a glove. So you can use anything in a sport or fingering weight, just make sure to adjust your hook size accordingly.

This Ultra Pima Cotton would be great:

And Euroflax would also be nice:

Thank you for writing in!

January 16, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

I've been working on this project for about 1 month (on and off) and realized I wasn't too happy with the yarn, so I'm starting over! Now that I realize how much time goes into this, I had a concern before about the edges. I was wondering if you could send me some closeup photos of the edges so I can make sure I'm doing it right? Wouldn't want to start over again lol.

Love your website by the way, it's super cute and has an excellent design layout!

February 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Liu
Have you seen that?
February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSophie
Hi Sophie-

Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention!


February 19, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

I was wondering if anyone had any advice/pictures for the edges?

sorry, i'm new at commenting so I hope no one sent me an email and it got spammed out!

Thanks again
February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie
I'm reading the pattern and I, too, have questions about the edges. Pattern sez:
*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).

The ch 3 should count as the first dc, right? So if you then do a dc into the same stitch, you are increasing where you would want a straight edge. Then, after making dc clusters across the row, wouldn't you want to put one dc in the last stitch, to make the same straight edge on the other side? I think the "2 dc stitches" should be one dc on each end of the row. Is this correct?

How about posting a photo of the side edge?

Thanks for this elegant pattern.
February 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEL
Hi El-

There are 2 dc's at the beginning of each row, and a cluster of 3 dc at the end of each row. The first is made with the chain 3 then 1 dc, the last is made with 3 dc. They do not make an increase on the edge, but instead make a clean edge that alternates from row to row between 3 dcs and 2 dcs. I hope this helps!

We will be posting a photo of the edge on Tuesday.

Thanks so much for your question!
February 25, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I am in the process of making your lovely granny square blanket but a bit unsure about the edges. I read through the comments hoping to find some help and read that you guys would be posting a picture of the edge but I can't locate it. I think it would help me and my right brained visual learning self a whole bunch if I could just get a look-see.
March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly
Hi Kimberly-

We just added a photo of the edge, it's at the very end of the pattern.

Thank you so much for your question!

March 20, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
How many hours did you spend on this project?
June 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterire iru
Hi Ire Iru-

Joelle estimates this project took her around 20 hours total.

Thanks for your question!

July 4, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Molly & Joelle, since one year I'm absolutely in love with this blanket only waiting for something special to make it for.
Now I moved in with my boyfriend and want to make this blanket to fit our huge bed.
Could you please let me know how much skeins (merino tosh) I probably need for size 86,6" x 94,5" (size 220x240cm)?
Thank you so much!
August 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSaara
Absolutely beautiful!
December 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary
Thank you so much for sharing this pattern! I would like to make a blanket, and I love the colours you used!

Just one question: you say you used Edison Bulb and Antler, but the blanket seems to be light grey, while Antler seems to be more white. Is the blanket you show here made with a different colour?

March 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIneke
Hi Ineke-

The materials listed here are correct. Joelle used Antler and Edison Bulb. Antler is gray/ ecru-ish neutral color and it can look more or less white in different light. If you are looking for a darker gray you could try Dr Zhivago's Sky or Antique lace.

Thanks for getting in touch!

March 20, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I've been waiting for another besides myself to to notice that creativity in crocheting, knitting and sewing, and hard work by grandmothers and mothers went into making the home comfortable, cozy and beautiful. At the center of these tag lines I believe is simply an appeal to Western fear of aging. Thank you. Rock on.
May 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAme
Thank you for reminding us that mothers and grandmothers have forever used whatever was available in providing their homes with warmth, comfort, coziness as well as creative beauty. Fashion, fabrics, and yarns have evolved to help show off a knitter or crocheter's skills.Updated patterns prove the timelessness of yarn work. Rock on!.
May 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAme
I love this blanket! how many chains would you recommend for a baby blanket?
May 13, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdenise

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