Once you understand how this basic crochet hexagon pattern works, you can use it to make hexagon afghans, patchwork pillows, rugs, wallhangings or even clothes.
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Perhaps I was a bee in a past life because I love me some hexagons! For me, hexagons walk the line between between classic, like honeycomb tile from the 1920’s, yet also geometric and modern.
When I first learned how to crochet a hexagon, I had some trouble understanding other tutorials did not spell out a few key details about the how each row should come together. I hope that by explaining the simple math behind this basic crochet hexagon pattern, you’ll understand exactly how to make a hexagon of any size. (And once you do, you can use this tutorial to learn how to sew them all together and or this video on how to join them as you go.)
Although there is technically a pattern you need to follow for the hexagon round increases, simply looking at what you did the last row will tell you what to do for your next row, so you won’t be super confused if you have to set your crocheting down mid-row to, say, clean up a massive flax seed spill by your 3-year-old.
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And once you master this basic hexagon pattern, you can make a bunch and sew them into a patchwork afghan or even make more complicated color work motifs. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for big projects that require a lot of small repetitive pieces. There’s something really zen about figuring out the pattern and then setting your hands and your mind to cruise control while you crank out lots of the same thing. Hexagons are right up my mindless crocheting alley!
More Free Hexagon Crochet Patterns
Here are a few blanket patterns we’ve designed with these cute, portable hexagons.
(We’ve got a lot more free crochet patterns using hexagons and you can view them all here!)
CROCHET HEXAGON PATTERN
You can use any type of yarn to crochet a hexagon. Just check the label to see what size hook corresponds with the weight of your yarn. If you’re making something that needs to be a certain size, it’s a good idea to check your gauge with a sample hexagon before you make a bunch.
I’ve been loving these ergonomic crochet hooks lately (aff link). I don’t know how I lived so long without them!
Abbreviations (US terms)
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
sl st – slip stitch
Round 1: Begin with a magic loop. Ch 1 to secure the magic loop and then ch 2 more (counts as first dc), dc in magic loop, ch 2, [2 dc in magic loop, ch 2] 5 more times, slst to third ch from beginning of round to join. (Now you have 6 sets of 2 dc + 2 ch. The 2 dc will become the sides of your hex and the ch gaps will become the corners.)
Round 2: Ch 3, dc in next dc, *(dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 corner from previous round, dc in next 2 dc; repeat from * 4 times, (dc, ch 2, dc) in last ch-2 corner, slst to third ch from beginning of round to join. (Each hex side now has 4 dc, separated by a 2 ch space.)
Round 3: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, *(dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 corner from previous round, dc in next 4 dc; repeat from * 4 times, (dc, ch 2, dc) in last ch-2 corner, dc in remaining 1 dc, slst to third ch from beginning of round to join. (Each hex side now has 6 dc, separated by a 2 ch space.)
Round 4: Ch 3, dc in each dc to corner, *(dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 corner from previous round, dc in each dc to next ch-2 corner; rep from * 4 more times, (dc, ch 2, dc) in last ch-2 corner, dc in remaining dc, slst to third ch from beginning of round to join. (Each hex side now has 8 dc.)
Round 5: Rep Round 4. (Each hex side now has 10 dc stitches.)
Round 6 and beyond: Rep Round 4.
Crochet hexagon pattern notes
You can continue like this to make your hexagon as large as you’d like. As you see in this pattern, the hexagon increases by 2 stitches per side on each round.
Because the rounds will always begin in the same place in the middle of the hexagon side, each round you will have one additional dc to make in order to finish the round.
Crocheted hexagons are the perfect portable project to stash in your purse. Start some today, even if you don’t know what they’ll become once they’re all grown up!
According to this typing system, I’m supposed to love round shapes, but I just can’t move away from my beloved hexagons. Do you have a favorite shape that appears and reappears in your crocheting or home decorating?
Free Crochet Patterns Made From Hexagons
Are you ready to take your crochet hexagon skills to the next level? Check out all our these free crochet patterns made from hexagons including those featured below.
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