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Crochet Rectangles

 

How to Crochet A Rectangle

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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….

 

Abbreviations Used:

ch – chain

dc – double crochet

ss – slip stitch

 

1. Closed Pattern 

 

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To Begin With:

 

Hook in 14 chains plus 3( for the next row)

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Round 1: 

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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 .

Round 2: 

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Round 3:

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.

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3. Granny Square Pattern:

Granny Square pattern is very popular, and as you can see very easy to work out.

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Here are some pics that I got from the net …just showing you how well this shape adapts to different projects.

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Different Kinds of Crochet rectangle patterns

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Rectangle base for bag

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Tunic Top worked in a rectangle 

https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/how-to-crochet-a-tunic-top/

Patchwork Car Coat…Pattern form Lionbrand yarns 

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/L32204.html

How to make a cushion cover using crochet rectangles

http://www.stonehouseworkshop.com/crochet-rectangle-granny-square/

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.

Crochet Triangles

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The first time I saw a crochet triangle I was so amazed… I know, sounds idiotic…..but I really thought that it was pretty cool…and though I  was dying for the pattern, I was a little embarrassed to ask patterns from a person , I barely knew. Fortunately, for me, another crochet pal asked her the pattern which she very readily shared and thus began a great fascination for moi.

I found this pattern on the internet…..whoever the designer …she/he is awesome…..such a simple pattern and yet so many possibilities…..

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The tutorial below is based on this closed pattern for a triangle.

Here is the written pattern,

Round 1:

Make a basic knot or a Magic Ring.

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Chain 3, 2 dc into the basic knot; 4 chain; 3dc into basic knot; 4 ch; 3dc into basic knot; 4 ch; ss into first ch of 3 ch.

Round 2:

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3 ch up, 2 dc in next 2 dc ;3 dc in 4 ch ,4 ch, 3 dc in 4ch; 3 dc in next 3 dc; 3 dc in 4 ch, 4ch, 3 dc in  4ch; 3 dc in 3 dc;  3 dc in 4 ch, 4 ch, 3 dc in 4 ch, ss in first ch of 3 ch.

Round 3:

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3 ch up, 5 dc in next 5 dc; 4 dc in 4 ch, 4 ch, 4dc in 4 ch; 9 dc in next 9 dc; 4 dc in 4 ch, 4 ch, 4dc in 4 ch; 9 dc in next 9 dc; 4 dc in 4 ch, 4 ch, 4dc in 4 ch; ss in first ch of 3 ch.

Triangle Charts from the internet

These Triangle charts are very useful if you are thinking of making something unique. Granny squares though much loved and frequently over done…may not be every crocheter’s special project…..but even a Beginner can whip up some thing special with triangles.

The trick here is to know how to place and join them. Triangle Motifs when used intelligently are very versatile and can change an average crocheter’s work into designer ware. Choose the pattern and yarn/thread that you want to use carefully and work the pattern in. I have collated a few triangle charts and also the ways in which various brilliant designers have put them together.

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Links to Patterns using Triangles

I am sharing a few links to projects using in triangle motif here…Hope you will try them out. Most of them are from Pinterest. Do Google search for triangle patterns and have a look around there is so much to see and learn.

Triangle Scarf:

http://zootyowlcards.blogspot.com/2014/06/road-trip-scarves-pattern.html

Cushion Cover

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Triangular Motif Tunic Top

http://uncinettodoro.blogspot.com/2011/10/maglietta-motivi.html#more

Triangular Motif Afghan

http://kru4ok.ru/vyazanye-kryuchkom-pledy-raboty-alii-sagyndykovojj/

Triangular Coasters

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And so that is it for our Triangle Crochet Motif. Wasn’t that Easy? learn all the shapes that I post here and once we are done with all the shapes I will start posting tutorials on what we can make with each of these shapes.

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