Crochet Along and Free Granny Square Pattern templates

Next week is the kick-off for the first Sweet Kiwi Crochet CAL! I’ve added a new section to site with some information about crochet-alongs in general, as well as some FAQ. You can check it out here.

For me, though, the most exciting part of this CAL process has been putting together Granny square templates:

There are currently 16 templates available for FREE under the Crochet-Along Tab here. There are also instructions for using the templates and joining the crochet-along. Check out the entire section for some great FREE templates and well as tips and tricks for using them! I’ll be posting updates here and on Facebook about the crochet-along, so join us next week and we’ll make some great blankets together! 

Granny Hexagon’s

I don’t remember a time when I didn’t  know how to crochet. I remember making a couple of mile-a-minute afghans as a kid, but since I started Sweet Kiwi Crochet I haven’t made many blankets. In fact, I have 3 half-finished ones in my spare closet.

Using the same color for a long period of time bores me, so I like to make small things, like hats! That way, I can change it up whenever I get bored!

Lately, though, I’ve been wanting to make another blanket. Recognizing my tendency to get bored, I decided to make a granny square style blanket, and to change up the inside colors and use up some of my extra yarn!

This is a very simple pattern that you only need basic crochet skills to work up!

To Work Hexagon:

Use any size hook you like, and as many colors as you like!

Round 1: Ch 6. Join with a sl st to form a ring.

Round 2: This round is worked in the loop just created. Ch 3, (counts as first DC)DC, ch 2. *DC 2 times, ch 2*. Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st at the top of ch 3. You should have 12 DC and 12 chains at the end of this round.

Round 3: Ch 3. DC in next st. *DC, ch 2, DC in next ch 2 space, DC in next 2 st*. Repeat from * to * 4 more times. DC, ch 2, DC in last ch 2 space. Join with a sl st at the top of ch 3. You should have 24 DC and 12 chains at the end of this round.

Round 4: Ch 3. DC in next 2 st. *DC, ch 2, DC in next ch 2 space, DC in next 4 st*. Repeat from * to * 4 more times. DC, ch 2, DC in last ch 2 space. DC in last st. Join with a sl st at the top of ch 3. You should have 36 DC and 12 chains at the end of this round.

Fasten off.

You can change colors as often as you like, or do solid hexagons. As you can see, I chose to change colors every round.

You can make as many, or as few, hexagons as you like!

 Some people get scared of joining granny squares and are afraid that they’re going to come undone. It’s really not as scary as it might seem! Lucy from Attic 24 has a GREAT photo tutorial on joining granny squares, so check out her site if you have any problems!

Once I started into making this afghan I realized that we REALLY didn’t need another one, but I had a great cousin with a birthday coming up that would LOVE it! So I cruised through, finished the whole thing in 4 days and got it done for Kylie!