The Granny Square is a classic and super easy crochet technique which I love making, as you don't have the fiddly first step of most crochet patterns of crocheting a long chain and then trying to crochet into that. What I wanted tho was not a square but a long, thin rectangle- ie scarf shaped! This did mean that I needed to start with a long chain-sigh... However, I found a fantastic tutorial (Pinterest again!) on how to make a granny rectangle as the basis for a blanket at the marvelous Crochet Again website. It even has a stitch diagram, which I find much easier to follow than written instructions. So all I needed now was some yarn. Fortunately for me The Sheep Shop in Cambridge stocks all the colours of Rico's Creative Cotton, an aran weight, 100% cotton yarn, so I could pop in and choose my rainbow. In my opinion it is more of a heavy DK than a proper aran weight, as it feels a lot lighter than any other DK yarn I've used. It comes in so many gorgeous, rich colours, and being 100% cotton it doesn't make my hands itch and go pink when I use it.
Anyway, as we all learnt in school the seven colours of the rainbow are Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet (or Richard Of York Gave Battle in Vain!). For my scarf you'll need a ball of each colour, plus an extra ball of violet- as the scarf is finished with an extra row of this colour and fringe. So here is my first crochet pattern!
Rainbow Granny Scarf
You will need seven colours of Arran weight yarn. If used Rico Creative Cotton in, Red-05, Orange-74, Yellow-63, Green-49, Sky Blue-37, Royal Blue-39, Cardinal-11. The closest I could get to a rainbow. You need one ball of each colour and two of the last colour.Finished dimensions
Length-3m 20cm excluding fringe
- Using a 5mm hook and red yarn- Chain 360!!! Yes I know that is ridiculously long, but that's what I wanted.
- If you want your scarf to be slightly less mad, then chain 300; you will also not need to worry about the yarn running out in the later rounds as it got pretty close with mine! (or you can make it any length of chain you like as long as its a multiple of 3)
- In the 6th chain from the hook 3 Treble crochet (from here on I will call this a Treble group or TrGp).
- Skip two chain, then TrGp in next chain.
- Continue this pattern (skip two chains then Tr Gr in the next) all the way along the chain until there are only 3 chain left
- Treble crochet in the last chain.
- Fasten off red yarn and weave in ends.
This results in a long, thin ribbon of crochet that looks like this-
- Begin in a skipped chain space, or between two treble groups, either attach your yarn and chain three (equals one treble) or use the amazing technique called the Standing treble crochet that I learnt at Moogly.com which produces a totally invisible start! (It is called a standing double crochet in American terms).
- One treble in the chain space
- Chain one, then TrGp in next chain space.
- Repeat (Chain one, TrGp) in each chain space until you reach the end of the red row.
- To work around the end of the row work a TrGp, 3 chain, TrGp, 3 chain, TrGp. (The chains from the corners that you will work into in the next row- you can see this in the picture below)
- Continue making chain one, TrGp repetitions all way along the other side of the red foundation row.
- When you reach the other end of the scarf work the end in the same was as the first. (TrGp, 3 chain, x 3). Then work along the first side until you reach the starting point.
- Chain one and work one treble in to the first chain space where you started.
- Join to the top of the first treble with a slipstitch, cut the yarn and weave in the end, or-
- Cut the yarn, leaving a 6 inch tail, and pull the tail out from the last stitch. Then using a wool needle, pass the tail under the top loop of the first treble crochet of the row then back through the top of the last treble to create a loop that joins the two trebles. Weave this end in. This produces a seamless join- there are two joins in the picture below-Can see you see them?!
|First three rows.|
Once you've finished all 7 rows, you can block the scarf by pinning it to an ironing board and gently pressing it with a steam iron and a press cloth, or if you prefer you can wet block it- cotton yarn will take either. I then finished mine with a fringe.
Making the Fringe
Fringe is dead easy to make and add to a scarf. I used a postcard to make my fringe, but any piece of card or a cd case or anything that is the twice the length of fringe you want is fine as a template. My postcard is 16cm long, so the finished fringe will be 8cm long. To make the fringe pieces, wrap your yarn around your template a few times- don't do too many wraps or it get more fiddly to hang on to it all. Cut the yarn at the bottom of the template, keeping hold of the yarn on the template, then cut it again at the top of the template. This will leave you with several individual lengths of 16cm.
Pull the ends gently to tighten the knot against the scarf. Repeat this process all the way along the end of the scarf.