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How to crochet a granny hexagon

Posted January 16th, 2013 by

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Are we ready to start making our Lakeside Forest Blankets?

In this lesson, I’ll show you how to crochet a single granny hexagon. We’ll be joining all of the hexagons as we go, so consider this your starting motif. It is the only one you will make that is a standalone hexagon. Any subsequent motifs will be handled slightly differently in the final row.

If you don’t know how to join motifs as you go, then I recommend you stop at this first motif until the next lesson. If you just can’t wait, you can make more hexes, but leave off the last round (aka, the joining round).

Grab your yarn. Remember, we are starting with the lightest shade of one of your color families, and working our way outward, getting darker as we go. I’m using green in my example, but feel free to use any of your own color families you prefer. The post on choosing colors is here, in case you missed it.

Let’s crochet a granny hexagon, shall we?

The foundation ring

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with light green: ch4, join with sl st in 1st ch

Round 1

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ch3 (counts as dc here and throughout), ch1, [dc into center, ch1] 11 times

join with sl st at top of beginning chain

(12 dc, 12 ch – 24 sts total)

Round 2

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ch3, dc into ch1 sp, ch1, [2dc into ch1 sp, ch1] 11 times

join with sl st at top of beginning chain

(36 sts)

Round 3

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ch3, 2dc into ch1 sp, ch1, [3dc into ch1 sp, ch1] 11 times

join with sl st at top of beginning chain

(48 sts)

pull active stitch up to make a large loop and cut yarn, leaving a few-inch tail

Changing colors

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Here’s a little trick I figured out for changing colors without making knots.

Thread the new color (medium green) through the extended loop (front to back, or back to front, it doesn’t really matter).

Pull on the light green tail, closing the loop, and pulling until you see a little bump of medium green pop up at the back of the stitch.

Tug gently on the medium green to enlarge the loop.

What we’ve done here is effectively switched from a medium thread going through a light loop to a light thread going through a medium loop.

Hold the yarn tails toward the back of the work, insert your hook in this new medium loop, adjusting the size of the loop as necessary, and continue crocheting from here.

Round 4

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Here is where we transform the circle into a hexagon.

We currently have 12 clusters of 3dc, and 12 ch1 spaces in between them. Six of these spaces will need to become corners, and the other six will become straight sides. With this round, and the next, straight side ch1 sts are filled with [3dc ch1]. Corner spaces are filled with [3dc ch2 3dc ch1]. As follows:

ch3, 2dc into ch1 sp, ch1, * [3dc, ch2, 3dc] into ch1 sp, ch1, 3dc into ch1 sp, ch1 **. Repeat from * to ** 5 times. [3dc, ch2, 3dc] into ch1 sp, ch1

join with sl st in top of starting chain

(78 sts)

Round 5

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Switch to dark green.

ch3, 2dc into ch1 sp, ch1, 3dc into ch1 sp, * [3dc, ch2, 3dc] into ch2 sp, ch1, [3dc into ch1 sp, ch1] 2 times **. Repeat from * to ** 5 times. [3dc, ch2, 3dc] into ch2 sp, ch1, join with sl st in top of starting chain.

(102 sts)

Fasten off dark green.

Weave in all ends.

And there you have it – your first hexagon! Please let me know if you have any questions, if you find any errors, or if any of this could be made clearer.

Next in the series: how to join hexagons together as you crochet

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