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Crochet Hexagon Blanket: Getting Started

I’ve wanted to crochet myself a blanket from the moment I learned to chain. I can picture myself cozy and warm under a crochet blanket of my own making with a cup of coffee and a good book.

The challenge was choosing a stitch pattern or motif and yarn. I love a granny square blanket made with dozens of colors as much as 2 color version of Catherine’s Wheel. I wanted a big blanket that would last, so I wanted to be sure before I started.

PICKING A CROCHET PATTERN

I searched books, magazines, and catalogs, in shops and online for inspiration for the blanket I wanted to make. I considered everything – chevrons, ripples, granny squares, hexagons. I love them all and I’ve swatched a lot of them. But crocheting a blanket is a big undertaking and I could never commit.

Crochet Hexagons

Last week, while I was cleaning my home office, I came across a hexagon I’d crocheted. It was sitting in a basket with a few balls of yarn and a hook. I crocheted another hexagon and then another, each a little different than the last. That was it; I decided I would make my blanket out of hexagons.

CHOOSING A YARN

The next day, I went to the shop and considered every yarn in stock for my project. I wanted a blanket that:

  • was large enough to cover me from head to toe and to wrap all the way around me,
  • would last longer than I’d want it, maybe long enough to pass on,
  • used lots of colors but remained more classic than trendy, and
  • I could finish in a reasonable amount of time.

I found several good options, including Berroco Ultra Alpaca, Blue Sky Skinny Cotton, Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, Ella Rae Classic Wool, Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, and Spud & Chloe Sweater. I put one of each on the table and compared them. In the end, I picked Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, because:

  • it’s 100% wool, which is durable,
  • it has a light and airy spin (I can’t believe how light weight my cardigan is) so it won’t make an unreasonably heavy blanket, given the size I’m going for,
  • Shelter comes in gorgeous heathers and tweeds, brights and neutrals, that are classic yet modern, and,
  • it’s worsted weight and it won’t take forever to finish.

A project of this size is expensive no matter which yarn you choose. Because the yarn is used for small motifs, and because of the size of the blanket, I think dye lot is less critical than it would be for most projects. You don’t need to purchase all of the yarn at once. Taking one or two skeins home at a time gives you plenty of yarn to crochet and allows the cost of the yarn to be spread out.

I took home eight of the seventeen colors of Shelter – Fossil, Woodsmoke, Nest, Pumpernickel, Embers, Hayloft, Sap, Tent. I’ll likely use more colors, but these were a good starting point. I wound them up and grabbed an F (4mm) hook.

Crochet Hexagons

HOW TO CROCHET HEXAGONS

There are lots of ways to crochet a hexagon. It’s one of the things I love about crochet – you always have options. After a little more swatching I found one that I really like. Here’s how I’m making the hexagons for my blanket.

ABBREVIATIONS
ch: chain
ch-sp: chain space
dc: double crochet
dc2tog: [yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops] 2 times, yarn over, draw through all loops on hook.
dc3tog: [yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops] 3 times, yarn over, draw through all loops on hook.
foll: following

PATTERN
Ch6. Slip stitch through the first ch to form a circle.

Round 1: Ch2, dc2tog into circle – counts as dc3tog. [Ch2, dc3tog into circle] 5 times. Ch2, slip stitch to top of first dc3tog. (6 clusters)

Round 2: Slip stitch into first chain-space. Ch2, dc2tog into ch-sp – counts as dc3tog. Ch2, dc3tog into same ch-sp. [Ch2, dc3tog, ch2 dc3tog into next ch-sp] 5 times. Ch2, slip stitch to top of first dc3tog. (12 clusters)

Round 3: Slip stitch into first chain-space. Ch3, 2dc, ch2, 3dc into ch-sp, 3dc into next ch-sp, [3dc, ch2, 3dc into foll ch-sp, 3dc into next ch-sp] 5 times. Slip stitch to top of first dc. Fasten off. (18 clusters)

KEEP CROCHETING

At this point, my plan is to make as many hexagons as I can with the yarn I’ve wound. Then I’ll decide how to arrange them and crochet them together.

I’ll post updates as I make progress. Happy crocheting!

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38 thoughts on “Crochet Hexagon Blanket: Getting Started

  1. Well now you’ve got ME wanting to make this blanket!

  2. Oh good, join in! It’s really fun!

  3. Gorgeous, I love that motif, and the colors you choose work well. Shirley

  4. Thanks, Shirley!

  5. […] Blanket – Progress Report 1by Craig on June 3, 2011I’m making good progress with my crochet hexagons. They don’t take long to make, so I can finish two or three when I find myself with a bit of […]

  6. This project looks awesome, makes me want to take up my crochet hook again!

  7. Hi five to you Craig on the blanket! It looks great and is a wonderful project. I am coming in to the store to get some Shelter and start my own blanket. I will pass this on to all my crochet Diva friends.

    Thanks
    Yvette

  8. Thanks, Maria! Thanks, Yvette!

    Yvette, I’m sure you could make these hexagon in your sleep. They’re easy and really fun!

  9. I’m visiting my parents and decided that this would be the time my mom FINALLY teaches me to crochet. After failing at a bunch of things and noodling around randomly I decided I wanted to make a hexagonal granny square thing in lots of yellows, golds and ambers, and connect them together to make a honeycomb blanket! Well I found a bunch of different hexagon patterns but they were all too confusing for me. Except this one, which I also like the look of more than all the other ones. I’m so proud, I finished my first two hexagons tonight and it actually made sense. Thanks!

  10. Hi Craig, just wondering if you ever finished your hexigon blanket? I was really inspired by it and started my own and I can’t wait to finish it! I have 70 squares so far and probably that many to go. The great thing, I used up all of my “leftover” yarns and just had to pick up a few more hanks. I was just wondering how you decided to join them all. I have an idea to tie all my leftover “leftovers” together and use that but it might be too many knots. Or, get a totally different color than any of the squares. Either way, I love the blanket and it is a breeze to work on! Love your site, so glad I found it! Hope to see a pic of your hexigon blanket soon!

  11. Hey Marrianne, Glad you were inspired and have been working on your hexagons. I haven’t made any progress, but it’s definitely a project I want to get back to.

    I planned on slip-stitching the hexagons together. I think you could do that with your leftovers without knotting them together, since you don’t need much yarn to do one or two sides.

    Have fun!

  12. You can’t decrease in the 1st row when there arn’t any stitches to decrease.

  13. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. It’s exactly what I had been searching for – the perfect shape & the stitches make for an excellent weight hexagon.

  14. Thanking for posting the method that you used. I’ve been playing with swatches of different hexagons and this one is by far the best 🙂

  15. Thanks, I’m glad you like it!

  16. Would love to see the finished product!!

  17. […] Loop Knits also has a pattern for hexagons and some advice about picking yarns and patterns. […]

  18. Hello! I was trying out your pattern, but I can’t seem to get it into a hexagon shape… any idea what I could be wrong?

  19. It’s hard to tell without seeing it. Maybe just start fresh and see if you get the hexagon shape.

  20. Hi, crocheting your hexagons, Wondering how you joined them.

    Thanks,
    Carol

  21. I held them with right sides facing and slipped stitched them together. I found that to be the easiest way.

  22. I’ve made a few of these so far. Can’t wait to see them come together!
    How did you do your edges? I’m just wondering if you did any half hexagons to fill in the sides. And how did you make the half ones if you did them?

  23. […] My second blanket is one for my daughter’s room, which I’m in the process of redecorating. I’ve had these four super-chunky yarns for quite a while, and was suddenly seized by the need to crochet hexagons. With such a bulky yarn, the blanket is taking shape quickly – great for giving you a feeling of accomplishment! And the hexagon itself is proving a simple shape – how has it taken me so long to try them? After asking for pattern recommendations in Instagram and Twitter, I checked out Attic24′s hexagon pattern, but eventually plumped for the hexagons at LoopKnits. […]

  24. […] Loop Knits also has a pattern for hexagons and some advice about picking yarns and patterns. […]

  25. Hi,

    I love your hexagon pattern and can’t wait to get started on some. I’m wondering, you mentioned slip stitching together. Are you doing this as your making them? I’m looking for a way to do this and wasn’t sure.
    Thanks for sharing your pattern. It’s the nicest I’ve seen.
    Have a good day.
    Ann

  26. Hi Ann- You can definitely slip stitch them together as you go! The advantage to waiting until the end is that you can try different layouts before you commit to sewing them together! Have fun!

  27. Help please….. I’m a rookie and I made 200 hex motifs. Jointing in corners w/ slip stitch and up sides. Question is do you attach in rows? If so how do I continuously use same yarn? Do I cut after I do each side? Thank you

  28. Wow, finishing 200 hex motifs is impressive! Good for you!

    In answer to your question, yes, I would attached them in rows and then attach the rows to each other. You will need to cut the yarn in between edges. To use the yarn continuously, you’ll need to get a little creative with your attaching. I don’t think it can all be done in one piece, but I bet you could get a lot attached.

    Good luck and have fun!

  29. I am a beginner to crochet and planning to make a hexagon patch blanket as a wedding present for a couple who love the board game ‘catan’. The board is made up of different coloured hexagons representing different resources (wood, brick, stone and grain)
    I’m looking forward to going shopping for the colours and will be practising your pattern for the hexagons 🙂
    Thank you for sharing your project!

  30. Your “how to” has been my “go to” for quite some time!! Your pattern is so easy to read and follow. I’ve probably made a few hundred of these in different colors for different projects. They are perfect when you just have about 10 minutes and son want to drag a huge afghan around. Thanks so much!!
    One tip I’ve found: when done, I “reinforce” the edge with either a slip stitch (most likely) or a single crichet. This stabilizes the edges and makes attaching them much easier. =)

  31. Glad you like the pattern. Thank you! Your suggestion is a good one. Thanks for sharing it.

  32. I love hexagons. There is nothing quicker to work up that replaces the boring squares we all seem to have laying around!

  33. This is an amazing pattern! I am a beginner af crochet and starten over like 5 times. Though my hexagon is still not flat. Is this something I did wrong or read wrong? Or could this be my yarn (it is pretty stiff)? I hope you could help me with this.

  34. Hi Craig! I love the pattern. Though somehow my hexagon doesn’t come out flat. It’s curling. I’m a beginner at crochet so maybe it’s me reading the pattern wrong. But could you maybe tell me what exactly the problem is?

  35. Blocking the hexagons might help. Or try a larger hook for looser stitches. HTH!

  36. Hola: Quiero que me colabores, hice tu muestra en hexágonos, la terminé, estoy pegando los cuadros, pero como van en seís lafos no queda líneal, una sobresale otro queda hacía adentro, tengo idea de que unos cuadros toco tejer únicamente la mitad. M epuedes explicar esta situación, ya estoy en su terminación, no se como unir. Gracias.
    Felicitaciones por tus bellas labores, mis amigas están encantadas.
    Luly

  37. Hi Craig,
    i LOVE these little hexagons, and have just started making them tonight in the hopes of making a double bed size blanket (yeah ! wish me luck on that one! it might take a while ! LOL)
    anyway, i just wondered if u have come up with a pattern for a matching half- hexagon, and the little fillers for the sides so i can straighten all the edges?

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