How to Crochet a Solid Rectangle – Free Tutorial

Last Updated on September 7, 2023

I know crochet squares are very popular, but I think a rectangle shape can be very useful in so many applications.

This photo-tutorial will show you how to crochet a solid rectangle using single crochet stitch.

Scroll down for the step-by-step photo tutorial!

crochet solid rectangle

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What Can You Make With a Crochet Rectangle?

After you learn how to crochet a solid rectangle, you can use it as a base for different crochet projects.

  • Crochet placemat – a flat rectangle is perfect as a placemat, you can add some different colors for a more cheerful look.
  • Rectangle baskets – make a base rectangle as big as you’d like, then stop decreasing and just work single crochet around to build the basket’s walls.
  • Crochet bags – use this rectangle as the bottom for a purse, or handbag.

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Is Crochet Rectangle a Beginner Friendly Pattern?

Yes! Even if you are a beginner, you can learn how to crochet a solid rectangle!

This solid rectangle pattern is worked in the round using only basic crochet stitches, the main stitch used is single crochet, where the corners are made with half double crochet.

So if you know how to crochet these two basic crochet stitches, you will have no problem making this crochet rectangle!

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How to Crochet a Long Rectangle?

Unlike a crochet square that is worked into a loop, or a magic ring, when you crochet a rectangle you start with a chain.

Since the rectangle is worked around a long chain, you can decide the length of the starting chain with the proportions you want.

Just keep in mind that every round, each side of the rectangle is increased with 2 stitches (a total of 8 stitches for the whole rectangle).

Looking for more crochet square & rectangle Patterns? Check out these other free patterns on the blog:

  1. Iris Stitch in a Rectangle
  2. C2C Cluster Stitch Square
  3. Moss Stitch in a Square
  4. Iris Stitch in a Square
  5. C2C Wattle Stitch Square

How to Crochet a Rectangle

Materials I used for this tutorial

– 3.5 mm / E Tulip Etimo crochet hook.
DK (#3) weight yarn
– 4 Stitch marker.

Skill Level – easy

Abbreviations (US)
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
ss – slip stitch
– half double crochet
PM – place marker


  • ch1 at the beginning of the round counts as 1 sc.
  • To avoid holes in the starting chains: start by working into the back middle loop of the chains, then when working on the other side of the chains, work into the front loop of the chains.
  • When making a big rectangle it starts to slant: to avoid that, I suggest turning the rectangle each round, instead of working in the same direction. But if you plan on making a small rectangle, I will keep working in the same direction.
  • Every round you increase 2 stitches on each side of the rectangle, and a total of 8 stitches for the whole rectangle.
  • Markers are placed in the stitch corner, move them along every round.
  • For this tutorial, we chain 7 and work on a base of 6 chains, but you can make the chain as long as you’d like.

How to Crochet a Solid Rectangle

ch 7
** I like to work into the back-middle loop of the chain to avoid holes in the middle of the fabric.

Round 1: 1sc in 2nd ch from hook- PM (ch1 counts as 1sc), 1sc in next 4 ch, [1sc-PM, 1sc, 1sc-PM] in last ch.
Now you will be working on the opposite side of the chains: 1sc in next 4 ch, 1sc-PM in last ch, ss to 1st ch-1.  (14 sc)

Round 2:
ch1 (counts as 1sc here and throughout), [1sc, 1hdc-PM, 1sc] in next sc (marker), 1sc in next 4 sc, [1sc, 1hdc-PM, 1sc] in next sc (marker), 1sc in next sc, [1sc, 1hdc-PM, 1sc] in next sc (marker), 1sc in next 4 sc, [1sc, 1hdc-PM, 1sc] in next sc (marker), ss to beginning ch-1. (18 sc, 4 hdc)

Round 3:
ch1, * 1sc in each sc until marker, [1sc, 1hdc-PM, 1sc] in next hdc (marker); Repeat from * 3 more times, 1sc in each sc to end of the round, ss to beginning ch-1. (26 sc, 4 hdc)

how to crochet a solid rectangle

Repeat round 3 until desired size. 
Soak and block if needed to help put into shape.

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1 Comment

  1. THANKS for the correction! useful. but i really like the primrose stitch too.

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