After seeing how much my younger son enjoyed the granny square blanket I made him, the older son wanted one, too. He liked the idea of using hexagons for his, and he wanted the colors to remind him of being in a forest by a lake. Together we brainstormed ideas for the perfect lap-sized blanket, and now my teenager loves his straight-sided hexagon afghan in shades of blue, green, and brown.
This design is easily adaptable for different colors and different dimensions, and is a great project to do for your favorite kid. Getting him or her involved in color choices makes it fun, and builds some eager anticipation for the finished product.
An older child can even help with the crocheting!
The project is great for beginners! If you can:
- make a slip knot
- slip stitch
then you can do this. And if you can’t do these things, I’ve included resources that will help you learn.
Topics Covered (Photo Tutorial Version Only)
More than just a simple crochet pattern, this ebook is like a mini-class. Each topic includes step-by-step instructions and photos where appropriate.
You will learn:
- The crochet pattern for a rectangular hexagon blanket with straight sides
- How to crochet a granny hexagon
- How to connect one hexagon to another
- How to connect one hexagon to two or more others
- How to crochet a half hexagon
- How to take the zig-zag edge of a hexagon blanket and straighten it out
- How to add a border
- Advice for choosing colors and yarn
- How to plan your design
- How to change colors
- How to weave in ends
- Links to resources to help you learn more
For those that don’t need the tutorials, the pattern is also available by itself. Choose the option that best suits you!
Tools and Materials
Boring Office Guy’s blanket is an 11 hexagon by 9 hexagon lap sized afghan
- 14 hanks Berroco Vintage (or roughly 2800 yards of worsted weight yarn)
- G (4mm) hook
- yarn needle
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