How to Crochet a Granny Hexagon
I’m kicking off my “Hexagon Series” with the granny hexagon, in case you’re wondering what the heck is the Hexagon Series, well I’ll tell ya, its my latest obsession with the Hexagon, and the many ways I desire to use it. If you would like to learn more about the Hexagon Series click here. Today I’m working on the Granny Hexagon, and thought I’d show you how I make a Granny Hexagon in any size, with or with out, color changes.
The Granny Hexagon is easy to learn and strongly resembles a circle, perhaps a little easier than the circle, as you do not have to offset increases. Not only is this an easy shape to master but useful in pattern designs that use a motif or shape.
I love the Granny stitch, stripes, squares, circles, whatever you can dream of, so it makes sense to start out with the granny version of this shape. Lets make some hexagons.
Any yarn and hook will do, I’m using…
- Red Heart Soft in Wheat
- Red Heart Soft in Coral
- 5.5mm Hook
SS – Slip Stitch
- A * to * indicates a repeated stitch sequence.
- A “cluster” is referred to, 2DC stitches separated by CH stitches.
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The Granny Hexagon Video Tutorial:.
The Granny Hexagon
Before I plunge right in, first I would like to show you a the granny hexagon. Here is a completed granny hexagon:
Notice, it has 6 sides, and you probable noticed when looking closer that the clusters have 2DC. The typical granny stitch/patterns contain 3DC, so why only 2DC? To prevent rippling, lets take a look at a hexagon with 3DC in the cluster right here:
Notice how this hexagon is slightly rippled? I have nothing against the rippled Hexagon it’s equally as beautiful and useful, however I wanted a flatter shape, and that my friend is achieved with the 2DC stitches. And it makes sense too, remember how I told you the hexagon strongly resembles a circle? When making a DC circle you start out with 12DC into the ring, so by replacing the standard 3DC with 2DC, you have a more mathematically correct hexagon. I hope I didn’t lose you there with that tech stuff, but my point is change your hat for a bit and lets pretend the granny clusters are now 2DC rather than 3DC, good to go.
With Wheat, make a MR and CH1,
Round 1: Crochet, 1DC into the MR, CH2, *2DC, CH2,* 5 times into the MR, DC in the MR, SS to the first DC of the round, fasten off. (12DC, 6-CH2 spaces)
Round 2: With Coral, join yarn in the CH2 space right after you fastened off from round 1, CH1, DC in that same CH2 space, *skip over the next cluster from previous round, and into the next CH2 space place (2DC, CH2, 2DC, CH1)* 5 times, when you are back in the starting CH space place 1DC to complete the cluster and SS to the first stitch of the round. (24DC, 6-CH2 spaces, 6-CH1 spaces)
Round 3: Continue with Coral, and SS into the next CH space, CH1, place 1DC in that same CH1 space, CH1, *skip over the next cluster and in the next CH2 space (2DC, CH2, 2DC), CH1, 2DC in the next CH1 space,* 5 times, complete the last cluster by placing a DC in the same space where you started and SS to the first stitch of the round. (36DC, 6-CH2 spaces, 12-CH1 spaces)
Growing your Hexagon
That covers how to get the hexagon started, to continue to grow your hexagon you will work it in the same manner as you did in round 3, only you will have more CH1, spaces along your sides as you grow. So, for instance round 4 would look like this;
Round 4: Continue with Coral, and SS into the next CH space, CH1, place 1DC in that same CH1 space, CH1, *skip over the next cluster and in the next CH2 space (2DC, CH2, 2DC), CH1, 2DC in the next CH1 space, skip the next cluster, 2DC, CH1, in the next CH1 space* 5 times, skip over the next cluster and in the next CH2 space (2DC, CH2, 2DC), CH1, 2DC in the next CH1 space, skip the next cluster, complete the last cluster by placing a DC in the same space where you started and SS to the first stitch of the round. (48DC, 6-CH2 spaces, 18-CH1 spaces)
In round 4 you had 2-CH1 spaces to work in before reaching the next corner space, rather than 1 like you did in round 3. If you were to work a Round 5, you would have 3-CH1. Continue to grow your hexagon until you have the size you wish, here are a few tips to keep in mind as you grow:
- Each round is increased by 6 clusters and 6-CH1 spaces.
- The amount of CH spaces between each 6 corners will be one more than the previous round.
- The corner spaces will always remain at 6, and should always be worked in the same corner space from the previous round.
- Each corner space contains 2 clusters separated by a CH2 space.
- For additional color changes join new yarn in the CH right after your fasten off point from the previous round.
I recommend when adding another color to always add it in the CH space right after the place you finished off from the previous round. However any CH space will work so use what you prefer, I suggest this because if you are following a pattern it will place you exactly where you need to be to continue, if you’re designing your own color work, it is a good place to start for ease of hiding the tail ends.
This covers my Granny Hexagon tutorial, I hope you found something useful and I would absolutely love to see your hexagons, email me at email@example.com if you would like to share 🙂
Happy Hexi’s!! Find out what I’m making with my hexagons here.
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