Pattern – Granny Hexagon Block

I recently purchased some Special DK by Stylecraft for making baby blankets. I ordered 17 colours (I know I might have a slight addiction to yarn purchasing!!!) and these have been hidden in various locations to stop my other half finding them and telling me off. Anyway, I digress.

I want to make a fun and summery throw to go over the bed in our spare bedroom, so I thought what better way than to try my hand at a honeycomb blanket made from granny square hexagon blocks.

Hexagon crochet granny square block

Here’s how to make a granny square hexagon crochet block:

Materials:
Stylecraft Special DK (100% acrylic)
1 x 100g ball (295m/322yds) each of:
1390 Clematis (A)
1188 Lavender (B)
1422 Aspen (C)
1034 Sherbet (D)
5mm hook

Abbreviations:
ch chain
dc double crochet
slst slip stitch
rnd round
*…* repeat between
sk skip

Finished measurement:
5 inches side to side / 6 inches corner to corner

Tension:
4 dc to 1 inch
4 dc row over 2.5 inch

Special Stitches:
Corner cluster

3 dc in same stitch
ch 1
3 dc in same stitch

Side cluster
2 dc in same stitch

Notes:
This blockĀ  is worked in the round using US terms. I’ve used a 5mm hook, but you can use a 4mm hook for a stiffer fabric. I wanted something a bit more squishy.
Attach each new colour each round in the top of the starting ch 2 of the previous round.

Method:

Form a magic ring
Rnd 1:
With colour A
ch 2
2 dc into ring
*ch 1
3 dc into ring*
repeat 4 more times
slst to join
Fasten off and weave in ends

Rnd 2:
Attach colour B to a ch 1 made in Rnd 1
ch 2
2 dc in same stitch
ch 1
3 dc in same stitch
ch 1
sk 3
*corner cluster
ch 1
sk 3*
repeat 4 times
slst to join
fasten off and weave in ends

Rnd 3:
Attach colour C to ch 1 made after corner cluster
ch 2
1 dc in same stitch
ch 1
sk 3
*corner cluster
ch 1
sk 3
side cluster
ch 1
sk 3*
repeat 4 times
corner cluster
sl st to join
fasten off and weave in ends

Rnd 4:
Attach colour D to ch made after corner cluster
ch 2
1 dc in same stitch
ch 1
sk 3
side cluster
ch 1
sk 3
*corner cluster
ch 1
sk 3
side cluster
ch 1
sk 3
side cluster
ch 1
sk 3*
repeat 4 times
corner cluster
sl st to join
fasten off and weave in ends

WIP – Sunny Granny Baby Blankets

A week or so ago my other half told me that one of our close friends is terminally ill. She went into hospital just over a month ago with suspected kidney stones, and has been given a stage 4 diagnosis for the big C. Her eldest daughter has just had a little girl in December and I felt incredibly sad for her family. Our friend has been in a lot of pain and in hospital for most of the time since her granddaughter was born, so I thought I would cheer her up by making my first granny square baby blanket for her to give to her new grandaughter.

Sunny granny square baby blanket

I had yarn leftover so I decided to make a granny stripe baby blanket in the same colours for her to keep to one side if her younger daughter ever had a baby, then both daughters would have matching blankets from their Mum.

Sunny granny square blanket

I think having recently become a mother myself, accompanied by going through having thyroid cancer in 2010, I was especially compelled to do something to help this family through such a devastating event in their lives. I’m really pleased with how the granny square blanket has turned out, and I’m excited to see the finished stripe blanket.

Both blankets are made using Stylecraft Special DK and a 4mm Tulip hook. The colours used are: lemon, white, silver, and sherbet.