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Rainbow Hexi Blanket


During maternity leave I needed a little project to keep me busy. Dealing with sleep deprivation and knowing I'd only be able to work on my project for a few minutes at a time, I needed a project which was simple, easy to pick up and still fun to make.
Looking through pinterest I kept seeing these awesome, colourful blankets using a bunch of hexigons sewn together. Looking at my massive yarn stash, I was inspired!
I in no way take credit for this design of blanket and there are some great variations available from designers as proper paid patterns with much fancier borders, straight edges and different types of hexigons. 
My blanket is simple. 14 colours, 12 basic solid hexigons in each colour, sewn together and edged in black. I've put together a quick tutorial below. 
Size;
110 x 150cm
Gauge;
1 Hexi = 11cm across, point to point
Materials;
Yarn; 8ply DK/light worsted yarn in 15 colours including border colour. I used acrylic but you could also do this in cotton.
Hook; 4mm

Notes;
Blanket is made up of 168 Hexi’s. 14 colours, 12 Hexi’s of each colour. Hexi’s are then sewn together using the mattress stitch following the chart. I also used black for the border.
Hexi’s are worked in the round. The 3 chains at the start of each round count as 1 Dc stitch. Pattern includes a stitch count for each round in bold. First Stitch of the round is not worked into the join.
Colours I used are;
Dark Blue, Marine Blue, Baby Blue, Baby Pink, Magenta, Neon Pink, Lilac, Dark Purple, Sunshine Yellow, Light Yellow, Orange, Light Green, Teal, Dark Green.
These were unlabelled scrap yarns from my stash. Using approx. 80grams of each colour.

 

Chart;

 

 

Working with a 4mm hook, create a magic loop.

 

Round 1 – Chain 3 (this counts as 1 Dc). Into the magic loop, work the following;

Dc, Ch 2, *Dc 2, Ch 2*, repeat between ** another 4 times, join to top of the beginning chain 3. (24)

Round 2 – Chain 3 (this counts as 1 Dc), Dc, *in chain gap from previous round work [Dc, ch 2, Dc], Dc 2*, repeat between ** another 4 times, in chain gap from previous round work [Dc, ch 2, Dc], join to top of starting chain. (36)

 

Round 3 – Chain 3 (this counts as 1 Dc), Dc 2, *in chain gap from previous round work [Dc, ch 2, Dc], Dc 4*, repeat between ** another 4 times, in chain gap from previous round work [Dc, ch 2, Dc], Dc, join to top of starting chain. (42) 

Round 4 – Chain 3 (this counts as 1 Dc), Dc 3, *in chain gap from previous round work [Dc, ch 2, Dc], Dc 6*, repeat between ** another 4 times, in chain gap from previous round work [Dc, ch 2, Dc], Dc 2, join to top of starting chain. (42)

Round 5 – Chain 3 (this counts as 1 Dc), Dc 4, *in chain gap from previous round work [Dc, ch 2, Dc], Dc 8*, repeat between ** another 4 times, in chain gap from previous round work [Dc, ch 2, Dc], Dc 3, join to top of starting chain. Tie off. (42)

You can leave a long tail when cutting the yarn (30-40cm) as you can use these tails when sewing the Hexi’s together. Or you can sew the tails in and use a separate ball of wool for joining, as I did.

Repeat the above 168 times!!

 

Sewing the blanket together

I have sewn the Hexi’s together using an invisible mattress stitch. There is lots of methods online for joining granny squares/ hexi’s together so use the method you please. 

If using the tail for sewing together, use a yarn needle to weave the tail to a corner of the Hexi. Line up the 2x Hexi you want to sew together, right sides up. I will call these Hexi A and Hexi B.

1. Using a yarn needle and the tail from Hexi B, weave the tail in and out of the 2 corner chains of Hexi A as shown.

2. Repeat for the lined up chain corner of Hexi B. Pull yarn through.

3. Going back to Hexi A, insert the needle back to the chain the yarn came out of in step one. This time bring the needle back out through the top ‘V’ of the next stitch along.

Repeat on Hexi B; Insert back into the chain the yarn last came out of, and bring the needle back out of the next stitch along. Repeat going back and forward from Hexi A and B in this manner until you reach the end of the side being sewn together, pulling the yarn tight as your go for a invisible seam.

Continue following the chart until you have completed all the Hexi’s

 

Adding a border

Once you have sewn all the Hexi’s together and weaved in the ends, you can add a border to give the blanket a finished edge. The border is made up of 2 rows of Dc stitches.

Join border yarn anywhere around the border. Chain 3.

Round 1; Dc in each stitch around the border of the blanket. When you are going around a point, work (Dc, Ch 2, Dc) into the corner stitch, the same as when making the Hexi’s. When you reach a inverted point just work 1 Dc in each of the corner gaps as shown. Join to first stitch in round and chain 3.

Round 2; Dc in each stitch around the border of the blanket. When you reach the corner point, work (2Dc, Ch 1, 2Dc) in the corner gap. When you reach an inverted point work a Dc3tog with the 3 corner stitches. Join to first stitch in round, cut yarn and weave in ends.

Your blanket is finished!