Crochet Hexagon Blanket: Getting Started

by Craig on May 26, 2011

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!

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Amy May 26, 2011 at 11:55 am

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

Craig May 26, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Oh good, join in! It’s really fun!

Shirley Gallagher May 26, 2011 at 2:53 pm

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

Craig May 26, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Thanks, Shirley!

Maria Cronan June 8, 2011 at 8:53 pm

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

Yvette Jiggetts June 8, 2011 at 9:41 pm

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

Craig June 8, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Thanks, Maria! Thanks, Yvette!

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

Sarah October 5, 2011 at 2:06 am

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!

Marrianne April 18, 2012 at 1:04 am

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!

Craig April 20, 2012 at 10:17 am

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!

HG June 22, 2012 at 11:20 am

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

Mairsie July 23, 2012 at 6:00 am

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.

Krystal October 2, 2012 at 2:46 am

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 :)

Craig October 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Thanks, I’m glad you like it!

Kelley Dwyer January 26, 2013 at 11:13 am

Would love to see the finished product!!

Z-chan April 21, 2013 at 12:15 am

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?

Craig April 24, 2013 at 8:21 pm

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

Carol July 20, 2013 at 3:20 pm

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

Thanks,
Carol

Craig July 22, 2013 at 3:39 pm

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

Jamie Hatch September 6, 2013 at 5:41 pm

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?

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