Hudson Blanket: Modern Hexagon Baby Blanket Pattern

by Shehla Ahmed

There’s something about a hexagon that feels so modern and fresh. It’s all the perfect angles and edges, I think. Recently, I had a custom order request from a lady who wanted something modern and colorful for her little boy, and I immediately thought, “Hexagons!” This is the Hudson Blanket, a super easy crochet baby blanket pattern that has just the right pop of color. The entire blanket is made up using a simple hexagon pattern and then it’s seamed together. I also added a fleece lining to add some weight to the blanket and finished it all off with the most fun bobble border you’ve ever seen!


hexagon Free crochet baby blanket


If you get tired or frustrated with creating a blanket in rows and turning the whole things around, you’re going to love this pattern. The Hudson blanket is just a bunch of different hexagons in different colors and they’re each made separately. It’s much faster and easier to whip up a stack of smaller shapes than to work on a large blanket. Once all the hexies were made, all I had to do was seam them all together. That step does take a bit longer, but it’s an easy task to do and goes by quickly.


Related: How to Customize Crochet Blanket Sizes



I also created a few half hexagons so that two of the side would be straight. To make the blanket weighted and add a little bit more softness to it, I decided to line it with fleece. I also added a bobble border all the way around to finished it all off and give little fingers something to grab onto. Don’t you love how it turned out with that multi yarn?



The full free pattern is written out below. For those who’d prefer to print the pattern and take it with you for on-the-go and to markup as you go, you can buy the inexpensive printable PDF from my Etsy and Ravelry shops. The PDF is formatted without ads or comments, so it’s easy to read.




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Pattern Notes:

  • Skill level: Beginner/intermediate
  • Sizing: 40 x 40 inches
  • Gauge: 4S x 2R per inch



Hudson Modern Hexagon Blanket Pattern



For the hexagons and half hexagons, I’ve written out the full pattern below. I’ve also done another post that goes more into detail on how to crochet hexagons and there’s a video tutorial too.



Full Hexagon:


Make 20 of these in Color A (Greybeard), 16 in Color B (Turquoise) and 16 in Color C (White).


Round 1: Start with a magic loop and secure it with a slip stitch. Chain 2 (count as DC). Work 1 DC into the magic loop. Chain 2 again.  *DC 2, chain 2* five more times into the magic loop. You should have 6 sets of DC and 5 chain-2 spaces now.  Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to finish the round. Then, pull the loop closed.

Round 2: Ch 2, DC. (DC, ch 2, DC) into the chain-2 space. *DC 2, [DC, ch2, DC]* repeat around and slip stitch to the top of the beginning ch 2. 

Round 3: Chain 2, DC 2. (DC, ch 2, DC) into the chain-2 space. *DC 4, [DC, ch2, DC]* repeat around to the last ch-2 space. DC 1 and slip stitch to the top of the beginning ch 2. (6 DC per side).

Round 4: Chain 2, DC 3. (DC, ch 2, DC) into the chain-2 space. *DC 6, [DC, ch2, DC]* repeat around to the last ch-2 space. DC 2 and slip stitch to the top of the beginning ch 2. (8 DC per side).

Round 5: Chain 2, DC 4. (DC, ch 2, DC) into the chain-2 space. *DC 8, [DC, ch2, DC]* repeat around to the last ch-2 space. DC 3 and slip stitch to the top of the beginning ch 2. (10 DC per side).

Round 6: Chain 2, DC 5. (DC, ch 2, DC) into the chain-2 space. *DC 10, [DC, ch2, DC]* repeat around to the last ch-2 space. DC 4 and slip stitch to the top of the beginning ch 2. (12 DC per side).



Half Hexagons:


Make 4 in Color B (Turquoise) and 4 in Color C (White)


Round 1: Start with a magic loop and secure it with a slip stitch. Chain 2 (count as DC). Work 1 DC. Ch 2, *DC 2, ch 2* twice more. Pull the tail ends to close the loop. You should have 3 sets of DC and 2 chain-2 spaces now.

Round 2: Chain 2, turn. *DC 2, then (DC, ch 2, DC) into the ch-2 space* twice. DC 2, increase. (4 DCs per side)

Round 3: Chain 2, turn. .*DC 4, then (DC, ch 2, DC) into the ch-2 space* twice. DC 3, increase. (6 DCs per side)

Round 4: Chain 2, turn. *DC 6, then (DC, ch 2, DC) into the ch-2 space* twice. DC 4, increase. (8 DCs per side)

Round 5: Chain 2, turn. *DC 8, then (DC, ch 2, DC) into the ch-2 space* twice. DC 5, increase. (10 DCs per side)

Round 6: Chain 2, turn. .*DC 10, then (DC, ch 2, DC) into the ch-2 space* twice. DC 6, increase. (12 DCs)



Seaming It All Together


Once you have all of the hexagons, it’s time to arrange them in the pattern you want and sew it all together. For my blanket, this is the pattern I followed.


ROW 1: Gray, turquoise, white, gray, turquoise, white, gray

ROW 2: Turquoise (half), white, gray, turquoise, white, gray, turquoise, white (half)


Repeat these rows three more times to finish. Then, thread your tapestry needle with a long length of yarn and use the invisible seam method to attach each hexagon to the one next to it. I did all of the short sides first so that I had long rows of hexagon strip, and then I went back and sewed the rows together. It’s sort of like piecing together a quilt.


It does take a while to do, but it’s easy and you just need to spend some time on it. I hate seaming, but the effect is so nice that I really do think it’s worth it! Weave the tail ends in as best you can. Don’t worry too much about it though; as long as they don’t show on the front, they’ll either be covered by the fleece or worked into the border.


Blocking, Adding Fleece, and the Border


For me, the best part of this hexagon baby blanket (and most of the baby blankets I make) is the fleece lining. It adds weight to the blanket and stays on the baby when they move around, and it has a comforting presence. It also makes the blanket much softer and warmer. However, if you don’t want to add the fleece, you can go ahead and skip to the section on adding the border.


First, blocking.


Before adding the fleece, lightly block the blanket so that all the hexagons are as they should be. They might have gotten a little out of shape if you sewed them too tightly together or a little unevenly. But a simple blocking will fix that and make sure that two of the edges are straight. I have blocking mats now that help me align the edge but if you don’t, a couple of towels works well too.


Related: All About Blocking Crochet and Knits




Prepping the fleece

On a large surface, lay out your fleece and smoothe it out. Then, lay your blanket on top of it, matching up two of the edges. Smoothe it out and make sure it all lines up. Using a pair of sharp scissors, cut the fleece to a little bigger than the size of the blanket. Make sure to not to cut the yarn!



Remove the blanket for now and let’s just work with the fleece. This is where we’ll make the holes into the edges of the fleece so that we can insert our hook into it to crochet the fleece and blanket together. Put a cutting mat or a piece of cardboard under the edge of the fleece to protect your surface and bring a ruler about a quarter inch away from the edge of the fleece. Then, run your skip stitch down the side of the ruler. The skip stitch is the same as a rotary blade, but it perforates as it cuts into the fleece, rather than cutting a straight line. Work down all four sides of the fleece so that you have small slits along each side.


Now let’s secure the fleece to the blanket!


Bring the blanket back to the fleece and line up the first corner. With your crochet hook, attach yarn in the border color (Color D). Work 1 SC just in the corner of the blanket. Then, SC down the side going through the spaces in the crocheted blanket and the slits made in the fleece. At the corner, ch 1, rotate the blanket and work down the next side. This round gives you the first round of your border and attaches the fleece to the blanket.


Work one more round of SC around the blanket, making sure to ch 1 before turning the corners.



The Bobble Border


1. Chain 5 at the corner of the blanket.

2. Into the 2nd chain from the hook, work 1 HDC but only pull the yarn through the first two loops. You’ll have two loops remaining on the hook. Work 3 more  HDC the same way, being sure to only pull through the first two loops each time.

3. You should now have 5 loops on the hook. YO, and pull through all 5 loops.

4. Slip stitch into the same space to finish off the bobble.

5. Slip stitch twice into the next two chain spaces.

6. SC into each of the next two SC spaces. Repeat steps 1-6 all around the blanket and bind off.


Related: How to Crochet Bobbles, Step-by-Step Pictures


And you’re done!


Weave in any loose ends and trim the excess yarn, and you’re done with the Hudson blanket! I love the way this modern hexagon blanket turned out and my customer loved it too! She says her son carries it around with him and holds onto the bobbles, which is exactly what I wanted. Look at him all snug and “reading” his book ๐Ÿ˜€



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Theresa November 28, 2020 - 11:03 am

I have a question about the directions. Why are some stitches in parentheses? I donโ€™t know what that means. Can you help me out? I understand the asterisks, but not The parenthesis.

Shehla Ahmed November 28, 2020 - 2:55 pm

Hi! The directions in the parenthesis are to be treated as one step in one stitch. So where is says (DC, ch 2, DC) into the ch-2 space …. you would be working everything in he parenthesis into the ch-2 space. I hope that clears it up!

Shannon July 11, 2020 - 6:07 pm

I love this blanket! I just started the hexagons and the edges are curling up. Is this happening to anyone else or is there something Iโ€™m doing wrong??

Shehla Ahmed July 15, 2020 - 6:42 pm

Hey Shannon!

That’s perfectly fine if the edges are curling. They’ll flatten out when you block the hexagons. You can also work your last round a little bit looser to help.

Jo May 16, 2020 - 4:42 am

Thank you! I love that you’ve included how to line it with fleece and adore the look of your bobbles around it. Now, this is a wip that I can pick up and put down in the evenings when the little pickles are needing extra cuddles. ๐Ÿ™‚

Shehla Ahmed May 17, 2020 - 3:42 pm

Aw so glad you like it! The fleece is my favorite part of making blankets. It just really finishes them off!

Julie July 26, 2019 - 4:01 am

This is beautiful, that bobble border must have taken ages, totally worth it though!

Shehla Ahmed July 26, 2019 - 4:43 pm

Haha, it didn’t take thaaat long, but it did eat up a lot of yarn! It was definitely worth it ๐Ÿ™‚

Ella November 30, 2020 - 8:14 pm

How did you make it multiple colors (aka, was it something easy I’m missing, or was it just super skills?)?

Shehla Ahmed December 14, 2020 - 1:47 pm


I did each color of hexagons separately and then seamed it all together ๐Ÿ™‚

Sylvia | Grace for a Gypsy July 23, 2019 - 10:17 pm

I love this blanket so much! I am just learning to crochet, and I hope one day I will be able to crochet this beautifully. Thanks for the pattern. I pinned this for later use!

Shehla Ahmed July 26, 2019 - 4:40 pm

I’m so glad you like it! This is a great blanket to practice DC. You’re really just making the same hexagons over and over, and attaching them at the end. Give it go and be sure to tag in me in pictures if you share them!

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Sherilyn August 29, 2020 - 4:39 pm

I just learned crochet and work better with videos. I was wondering when cutting the fleece to size do you have to cut it into shape on the hexagon edges? All the videos I find on YouTube are for if all 4 edges are straight but with the hexagon blanket only 2 edges are straight. Hope my question makes sense.

Shehla Ahmed September 1, 2020 - 7:36 pm

I cut the fleece to the hexagon shape!

Shehla Ahmed October 15, 2017 - 12:40 pm

Hmm, I’ll do some more samples to see if I counted wrong and update the pattern. Thanks for pointing it out!

Kim~madeinaday March 28, 2017 - 10:56 am

Love the fleece on the back! Pretty pattern too. Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Have a great week!

Shehla Ahmed March 28, 2017 - 11:08 am

Thanks, Kim!