How to Crochet A Rectangle
Crochet rectangles are so useful! Bag bases, scarfs, pillow covers,punches, purses, clutches, door mats…etc….all these can be made by using a basic rectangle pattern. And when you make a fabric collage of rectangles you can make garments, Afghans, baby blankets curtains, bedspreads…well almost anything…..as you well know crochet is flexible, adaptable and totally craft friendly….:-)
How to Hook a Crochet Rectangle
There are many patterns to make a crochet rectangle . Here I have shown three patterns
1. The Closed Pattern…very useful to make the base of a bag or if you want to make an afghan which is closely stitched.
2. Open Pattern: This is done in the 3 dc together stitch and is less time consuming than the closed pattern.
3. Granny Square: A much more open pattern and very easy to do….
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
ss – slip stitch
1. Closed Pattern
To Begin With:
Hook in 14 chains plus 3( for the next row)
2 dcs in 4th chain; 2 ch; 2 dc in same chain as before; chain in 12 dc into each of the next chains ; chain 2, 3 dc in the 13th chain, 2 ch, 2dc in the same chain;
Now you have turned on to the opposite side of the chain link. Hook in 12dc into the next 12 chains; chain 2, 2dc; ss into 3rd chain of 3 chain .
3 chain up, 3 dc into 3 dc of previous stitch; *2dc in 2ch loop of previous row, 2 ch, 2dc as before*( This is your turning stitch).
Then 16 dc into the next 16 dc; Repeat **; 3 dc into 3 dc of previous stitch; Repeat **; Then 16 dc into the next 16 dc; Repeat **; ss into 3 ch of beginning 3 ch.
I am not doing the 3rd row as it is just a repetition of the 2nd row but in each row the dcs will increase…..so keep the count.
2. 3 dc together Pattern:
This is another pattern for the rectangle..it is a more open pattern.
3. Granny Square Pattern:
Granny Square pattern is very popular, and as you can see very easy to work out.
Here are some pics that I got from the net …just showing you how well this shape adapts to different projects.
Different Kinds of Crochet rectangle patterns
Rectangle base for bag
Tunic Top worked in a rectangle
Patchwork Car Coat…Pattern form Lionbrand yarns
How to make a cushion cover using crochet rectangles
How to make a Granny rectangle from the crochet crowd.
And there you are……So Easy……..since I learnt it form the net and books….I never knew the significance of knowing to hook shapes….but 14 years on….I know now that crochet like any other art is best learnt step by step…first the stitches, then shapes and then onto projects incorporating these stitches and shapes. Once you get the basics in like this, you have the tools to create your own designs…and that’s where I want to take you…It took me ages to figure out all these things for myself…simplifying the process of learning is what I am trying to do for all who are interested.
Hope You will try this out and let me know how you found this lesson.