WEEK 1 - Christmas Granny Afghan CAL - Santa Claus Applique Free Crochet Pattern

Hi everyone - Welcome to week 1!

 I know a lot of you have been very eager to start this CAL, and I have been too! This is my first ever CAL that I will be hosting! Please be patient with me if there are any issues - don't hesitate to contact me with questions!

This week we will be working up 8 granny squares and the Santa Claus applique.
All the patterns and video tutorials that you will need are below.

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Week One
Make 4 granny squares in Linen
Make 4 granny squares in Scarlet
Make 4 Santa Claus applqiues
Sew appliques onto Linen granny squares
Weave in all ends!

Find the Granny Square Pattern HERE.

Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice worsted weight in:
6mm safety eyes
G hook
Tapestry needle


Chain 2/Chain 1 is not counted as a stitch in the beginning rounds/rows

Bobble stitch is worked as follows: *Yarn over, insert hook in stitch, pull up a loop, YO, pull through two loops, repeat from * 2 more times in same space until you have 4 loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through all 4 loops, chain one to secure bobble

SC2tog - single crochet 2 together AKA decrease is worked as follows: insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through all loops

Santa Claus hat is bent down before sewn onto granny square to give the hat a slouching look


Head - Beige & White

Starting with Beige
Round 1: Magic ring, Chain 2, 10 HDC, join to first HDC
Round 2: Chain 2, 2HDC in each stitch around, join to first HDC
Round 3: Chain 2, *2HDC, HDC, repeat from * 4 more times
Continued from Round 3: Change to white, bobble stitch into remaining stitches, join to first HDC, fasten off and leave tail for sewing onto granny square

Hat - White & Scarlet

Starting with white
Row 1: Chain 13, SC into second chain from hook and across, fasten off
Attach Scarlet into 3rd stitch from the right
Row 2: Chain 1, SC into next 8 stitches, turn
Row 3: Chain 1, SC across 8 stitches, turn
Row 4: Chain 1, SC2tog, SC in next 4 stitches, SC2tog, turn
Row 5: Chain 1, SC2tog, SC in next 2 stitches, SC2tog, turn
Row 6: Chain 1, SC across in next 4 stitches, turn
Row 7: Chain 1, SC2tog, SC2tog, turn
Row 8: Chain 1, SC across in next 2 stitches, turn
Row 9: Chain 1, SC2tog, turn
Row 10: Change to white
Row 11: Chain 2, bobble stitch, fasten off
Sew hat onto head

Nose -  Scarlet

Magic ring, SC into ring 3 times, fasten off
Sew onto face


Attach safety eyes or create a french knot with black yarn and a tapestry needle.

If you are using the french knot technique for the eyes, here is a good video tutorial:

Video Tutorial

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