Thursday, September 20, 2007
37 Year Old Rectangle Granny Afghan Pattern Unearthed!!!
It only cost 50 cents in 1975 to buy a Rectangle Granny Afghan pattern made in the typical colors of that era! I’ve recreated the pattern for you with modern day crochet terminology and substitute yarn.
That 70’s RECTANGULAR GRANNY AFGHAN
Finished size: 54" x 66" before fringing
Materials: Red Heart Super Saver Yarn 7 oz. skeins:
3 skeins each of Bright Yellow, Spring Green, Pumpkin;
4 skeins Paddy Green;
Hook sizes: I/5.5mm and H/5.0mm crochet hook (Canadian size 5 or 6) or size needed for gauge.
Gauge: With H hook, rectangle should measure approximately 5" x 151/2" after 4th round is worked (the second orange round).
Notes: Color sequence is * Pumpkin, Bright Yellow, Spring Green, Paddy Green; repeat from * for sequence.
When working 2 or more rounds of the same color in succession, at the end of the first round, join by working a sl st in the ch-3 of the preceding round, but do not cut yarn,. Sl st across the tops of the next 2 dc, sl st in the corner sp. This will bring you in correct position to start the next round.
As you reach each corner space, check back to see that you have made no errors on the preceding side. When you get into a rhythm, it's easy to make a mistake such as working only 2 double crochets in a space, or not making a corner properly. You could probably get away with the 2 dc mistake, but there is no nice way of fudging a corner edging. As the afghan grows, ripping back a whole side to correct an error is a big waste of time! So check as you go.
It's also easier to stop and weave in your yarn ends every few rounds, so you don't have to do it all at one time when you are finished.
Row 1: This is the foundation center row With I hook and Pumpkin, chain 48. dc in 4th chain from hook, switch to H hook, dc in each of next 2 chains, * ch 1, skip next ch, dc in each of next 3 chains. Repeat from * across, ending skip next ch, ch 1, hdc in last chain. Fasten off Pumpkin.
You will now begin working in rounds
Rnd 2: With right side facing, join Bright Yellow with a sl st in ch-1 space at end of previous row, ch 3, work 2 dc in same space (ch1, 3 dc) 3 times in same space; 3 dc in each space between groups to chain space at opposite end of Row 1, work (3 dc, ch 1) 4 times in end space, continue around working 3 dc in each space between groups. Join with a sl st, fasten off yellow.
Rnd 3: Hold rectangle with right side facing and narrow end at top. Join Spring Green with a sl st in ch-1 corner space at right-hand side of top. Ch 3, (2 double crochet, ch 1, 3 dc) all in same space (corner made); 3 dc between next two groups of double crochet (for end); (3 dc, chain 1, 3 dc) all in next ch-1 space (corner made); 3 dc between each group along side; (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next corner ch-1 space; 3 dc between next two groups;
(3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) all in next ch-1 space; 3 dc between each group along remaining side, join with a slip stitch to starting chain; fasten off spring green.
Rnd 4: Again holding rectangle with right side facing and narrow end at top, join Paddy Green with a sl st in ch-1 space of upper right corner; (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 1, 3 3 dc )in space:
* 3 dc between each group along side, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in ch-1 space of next corner; repeat from * 3 times, 3 dc between each group along last side, join with a slip stitch to starting chain. Fasten off paddy green.
Rnds 4-60: repeat Round 4 working 2 rounds in each color;
Then work 3 rounds in each color;
Then work 4 rounds in each color;
Then work 5 rounds in each of first 3 colors.
Work 2 more rounds in Paddy Green to finish.
At the end of round 60, fasten off.
Fringe: Put one tassel in each corner space and in each space between groups along the two narrow ends for a total of 58 tassels on each side. For each tassel, you need 8 strands of Paddy Green, cut to 14" lengths. Hold all 8 strands together and fold in half.
With crochet hook, and wrong side of afghan facing you, pull folded end through corner or space, pull loose ends through folded end, and pull knot up tightly. Fringe each space and each corner.