This join as you go crochet hexagon blanket pattern is modern, portable and a great way to use up scraps. Make one for your favorite baby or adult! Find the free pattern below or purchase the ad-free printable PDF here.
This join as you go crochet hexagon blanket pattern is part of a collaboration with Lion Brand Yarns. This post contains affiliate links.
You’ll love the feeling of accomplishment as you whip up these crochet hexies and add them to your ever-expanding blanket. Each hexagon only takes about 30 minutes, making this a perfect project to work on during your lunch break or during a car ride (where you’re the passenger, of course!)
Keep reading for all the yarn and pattern inspiration details or scroll down for the complete free pattern and tutorials.
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The Perfect Patchwork
I grew up in a family of quilters so I’ve always had an affinity for crochet blankets that replicate the patchwork vibe. (My mom designed the gorgeous Grandmother’s Flower Garden Blanket pattern as a nod to the iconic hexagon-style quilts and it’s one of my favorite blanket patterns we’ve ever shared!)
Believe it or not, the Quinn Hexie Blanket has been in the works for over two years. I started it when I was pregnant with my third baby and needed a portable project to take with me to New York on a trip to visit my friends at Lion Brand. I got about 70% of the hexagons done before having my son…and then well…I set the whole project down for a couple years. Ha.
My mom, who’s much more of a “closer” than me, picked up where I left off and helped make sure this hexagon blanket pattern could see the light of day. (Thanks, Mom!)
Join As You Go – Or Don’t
If you’re the type of crocheter that enjoys seeing immediate progress on your project, this join as you go hexagon blanket is going to be really satisfying for you. You’ll find your groove crocheting a few hexagons, then joining them to the blanket, then crocheting a few more hexies and joining them.
If you want to work this way and you’re not aiming for a super scrappy, multi-color blanket, you’ll find it really helpful to “map” out your color pattern before you begin. I created a blank “coloring sheet” of sorts and used colored pencils to decide the layout of the blanket before I started crocheting. This allowed me to make sure there were no two colors touching and that I knew the right number of hexagons of each color to crochet.
This blanket hexagon chart was so helpful in our design process that I wanted you to have it too. It’s included as a bonus in the printable PDF version of the pattern, along with a chart showing the exact layout of the sample blanket in case you’d like to replicate that.
My Favorite Baby Blanket Yarn
The name “Feels Like Butta” basically speaks for itself, but if you’ve never tried this yarn, let me tell you why you should!
Feels Like Butta is a very soft and smooth chenille yarn from Lion Brand that manages to feel rich and luxurious without being super bulky. I love it for baby blankets because it washes well and doesn’t create a fabric that’s too heavy for a little baby. You can spot Feels Like Butta in the Done in a Weekend Blanket pattern, the C2C Plaid Bear Blanket and the Prism Blanket. I’ve seen sweaters made with it as well though and love the comfort sweatshirt vibe it creates.
You can buy Feels Like Butta in both typical 100g balls and larger Bonus Bundles. Both work great for this hexagon blanket. If you opt for the Bonus Bundles, purchase the number of grams of each color recommended below in the pattern. (Which will translate to fewer balls.)
Grab the All-In-One Hexagon Blanket Kit
If you a Feels Like Butta loyalist too or you just want an easy way to bundle the yarn and printable pattern, the Quinn Hexie Blanket kit from Lion Brand is the way to go. You can even customize your kit with whatever colors of yarn you’d like. Get your blanket kit here.
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JAYG Hexagon Blanket Tutorial Help
To crochet this join as you go hexagon blanket, you’ll practice the skills of working in the round, increasing (placing two stitches one place) and crocheting the hexagons together.
We’ve got tutorials covering each of these steps that you can find here:
More Free Hexagon Crochet Patterns
If you love crocheting hexagons too, we’ve got a lot more free crochet patterns using hexagons. Here are a few favorites!
Quinn Hexie Blanket – Free Pattern
Join As You Go Hexagon Blanket
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• Lion Brand Feels Like Butta (Weight: 4/medium – 218 yds, 3.5 oz)
- Color #1: Charcoal [215-150] – 3 balls
- Color #2: Ice [215-106] – 3 balls
- Color #3: Teal [215-178] – 3 balls
- Color #4: White [215-100] – 5 balls
• Tapestry needle
• Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
• Blocking board, T-pins and steamer or iron
49 x 57”
Each hexagon should measure approximately 6.5 x 7” at the end of Round 6.
Gauge is not critical to the outcome of this project, but not meeting gauge will change overall blanket measurements and yardage requirements.
Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
dec – decrease
hdc – half double crochet
hdc2tog – half double crochet two together (decrease)
inc – increase
RS – right
sc – single crochet
scblo – single crochet through the back loop only
slst – slip stitch
tch – turning chain
WS – wrong side
yo – yarn over
Planning Your Blanket:
This pattern is quite flexible in both size and design. Choose a minimum of four yarn colors to ensure no hexagons of the same color are touching in the blanket. Modify the number of hexagons and half hexagons to make a blanket of a different size. For planning purposes, it’s helpful to note that each hexagon requires about 15g of the main color of yarn (assuming Feels Like Butta is used).
To replicate the look of the sample pictured, crochet the following number of full and half hexagons. (See bonus “map” at end of printable PDF if you’d like to arrange them exactly as pictured in the sample.)
|Color||# of skeins||# of Full Hexagons||# of Half Hexagons|
Overall Pattern Notes:
- This pattern can be joined as you go or crocheted together at the end. In order to reduce the number of ends to weave in, I suggest making the first two blanket rows of hexagons, joining them and then moving on to the next two rows. Please read through the pattern entirely before beginning in order to understand how to prepare for hexagons to be joined.
- You’ll bounce between crocheting hexagons and joining them. If you’re not following the blanket map available linked here, You can use the empty chart in the printable PDF to sketch out your hexagon “map” or replicate the look of the sample with the guide available in the printable PDF.
- As written, hexagons are worked in joined rounds with the RS facing throughout. This creates a blanket with a distinctive right and wrong side.
- Ch 3 at beginning of round counts as a dc throughout.
- Reference the chart above for how many full hexagons of each color to crochet.
- To reduce the ends to weave in, leave a 50” tail at the end of Round 7. This extra span of Border Color yarn can be used to join hexagons without attaching a new strand. Yarn amounts in supplies section include extra Border Color yarn in order to work this way.
- View the How To Crochet a Hexagon Tutorial for extra visual help.
With main hexagon color:
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 6 dc.) (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: Rep Round 4. (Each hex side now has 12 dc.) Fasten off main hexagon color. To avoid weaving in end, crochet over tail in Round 7.
Attach Border Color yarn in any ch-2 corner.
Round 7 (Hexagon Border): Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc + ch-2 sp), dc in each dc to next corner, *(dc, ch 2, dc) in corner gap, dc in each dc to next corner; rep from * 4 more times, slst to third ch from beginning of round to join. (Each hex side now has 14 dc.)
Fasten off leaving a 50” tail for joining.
- Reference the chart above for how many half hexagons of each color to crochet.
- Second to last double crochet of each row is worked into the space right before the last stitch of the row below (turning chain). This helps make the increase less noticeable.
- View the How To Crochet a Half Hexagon Tutorial for step-by-step visual help.
With main half hexagon color:
Row 1 (WS): Begin with a magic ring. 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] twice; turn. (Now you have 3 sides and 2 corners. The 2 dc will become the sides of your hex and the ch gaps will become the corners.)
Row 2 (RS): Ch 3, dc in first dc (inc made), dc in dc, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 corner, dc in next 2 dc, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 corner, dc in next dc, dc between last two stitches (inc made), 1 dc in tch; turn. (Each half hex side now has 4 dc.)
Row 3 (WS): Ch 3, dc in first dc (inc made), dc in next 3 dc, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 sp, dc in next 4 dc, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 corner, dc in next 3 dc, dc between last two stitches (inc made), 1 dc in tch; turn. (Each half hex side now has 6 dc.)
Row 4 (RS): Ch 3, dc in first dc (inc made), dc in each dc to corner, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 corner, dc each dc to next corner, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 corner, dc in each dc until tch remains, dc between last two stitches (inc made), dc in tch; turn. (Each half hex side now has 8 dc.)
Round 5 (WS): Rep Row 4. (Each hex side now has 10 dc.)
Round 6 (WS): Rep Row 4, completing last yo of final dc using Border Color yarn. (Each hex side now has 12 dc stitches.) Fasten off main hexagon color. To avoid weaving in end, crochet over tail in Row 7.
Continue with Border Color yarn:
Row 7 (RS Border): Rep Round 4. (Each hex side now has 14 dc.)
Fasten off leaving a 50” tail for joining.
This step is important in helping your hexagons look crisp and uniform. Use T-pins in each hexagon corner to pin them to a blocking board. (Tip: a dollar store kneeling pad works well too!)
Lightly steam each hexagon using an iron or steamer. DO NOT touch iron to yarn though as it can melt.
- In can be helpful to join a new ball of the Border Color or wind off a few smaller balls for joining in different places.
- As you’re joining new hexagons, place 50” Border Color tail at a location where it can be used to join an additional hexagon side, avoiding the need to attach new yarn. (Therefore, don’t place it in the path of the main joining seam as it will be less useful there.)
- All joining is done by single crocheting through the back loops only (scblo) of Round/Row 7 of hexagons and half hexagons.
- On first hexagon, hook is always inserted from front to back.
- Watch the How to Join Crochet Hexagons as You Go video tutorial for a step-by-step visual explanation of this technique.
With Border Color, attach yarn to any corner of first hexagon. Ch 1, sc in same corner.
Initial Join: Insert hook in corner of second hexagon from front to back. Yarn over and pull through loop on hook to secure hexagons together.
First Single Crochet: Insert hook in corner of first hexagon again. Yarn over as if beginning a sc and pull through hexagon corner. Insert hook in corner of second hexagon, yarn over and pull through both loops on hook to complete sc.
Continuing in Single Crochet: *Insert hook in back loop only of next dc along hexagon side. Yarn over and pull through dc. Insert hook in back loop only (from back to front) of corresponding dc on second hexagon, yarn over and pull through both loops on hook to complete sc.**
Rep from * to ** in each dc along one hexagon side to join first and second hexagon to each other.
Last Single Crochet: Insert hook in next corner of first hexagon. Yarn over and pull through hexagon corner. Insert hook in corner of second hexagon, yarn over and pull through both loops on hook to complete sc.
Completing Blanket: Keep yarn attached and repeat this process on as many hexagon sides as possible without cutting yarn. Fasten off when necessary and continue joining hexagon sides until all pieces are joined, making use of the 50” leftover yarn tails where available.
Attach Border Color yarn in one of the flat side edges of blanket.
With RS facing:
Border (RS): Ch 2, dc in next dc.
Work around entire blanket as follows:
Along flat blanket sides: Place 1 dc in each dc and ch-2 corner. Place 1 dc in each joining seam…
In each hexagon corner (aka “peak) along zig zag blanket edges: (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 corner, dc in each dc along hexagon side…
In each hexagon join (aka “valley”) along zig zag blanket edges: dc2tog over ch-2 corners, dc in each dc along hexagon side…
Repeat like this around blanket until you’ve returned to beginning of round. Slst to second chain to join.
Fasten off and weave in remaining ends. It’ll be so worth it!
Spot block any areas that need additional smoothing out.
Wrap someone you love up in a field of hexies!
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