Colourful Crochet Hexagon Motif Blanket Free Pattern

How to Crochet the Dusk to Dawn Afghan

Hi guys! I am so excited to share the Dusk to Dawn Afghan with you. The colours remind me of watching the sunrise in the morning, and seeing the sunset in the evening; there is just something magical about watching the sky fill with colour and warmth. I decided to wait until 2021 to release this pattern because I wanted to kick the new year off with a bang! And what better way to start the new year than with a colourful crochet afghan that doubles as a scrapghan?

Dusk to Dawn Hexagon Crochet Blanket Pattern
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You can purchase an INEXPENSIVE Printable PDF of this pattern on Etsy HERE or Ravelry HERE. This PDF includes the complete pattern, photo tutorials, step-by-step pictures, and a hexagon and trapezoid calculator, so you can follow along on paper, highlight and make notes. It is a total of 15 pages including the cover page.

About this Crochet Afghan:

  • This blanket uses 2 strands of Lion Brand’s Shawl in a Ball held together for Rounds/Rows 1 – 4 of the hexagons and trapezoids. Tip: If you use this yarn, use two skeins at a time – one strand from each skein. Try to line up the colours in each skein before you start crocheting; you may need to roll the yarn into colour sections if the skeins don’t line up perfectly. This will give your hexagons a “solid” colour appearance.
  • This blanket is made up of 75 hexagons and 10 trapezoids that are sewn together, before a border is added. If you’d like to customize the size of your blanket, there are instructions included below.
  • This afghan doubles as a scrapghan because you can use ANY medium 4 worsted weight yarn as a substitute. Have a look through your stash, and start playing with colour!
  • If you like the colours seen in this blanket, I’ve included a colour chart and blanket diagram for you to follow!

The Design Progression of this Afghan:

The Dusk to Dawn Crochet Afghan took me a long time to design because nothing is perfect the first time around. Below, you’ll see the design progression of this afghan.

My initial plan was to make hexagons using bulky weight 5 yarn AND medium 4 worsted weight yarn to play around with different weights. It looks nice in the picture, but it didn’t turn out because it was too lopsided. My next idea was to use some scrap Bernat Home Dec yarn and turn the design into a coaster. I really do love this coaster, but due to the pops of texture, it’s not a solid base for a beverage.

At this point, I was disappointed with this project because I had invested so much time into it, and nothing was working. I decided to make a trip to Michaels, and came across Lion Brand’s Shawl in a Ball – self striping yarn that changes from peach to pink to purple. I immediately fell in love, and thought, “these would make the prettiest hexagons.” Did I mention that this yarn was marked down from $11.99 to $5.99? That discount sealed the deal for me.

The third picture shows some of my design ideas. I noticed that the center hexagons would be too busy if I joined them together as is, so I added a border around each of them to add some consistency and make the colour changes less overwhelming. I settled on the grey and black border because I loved the way it popped, and it reminded me of a medallion.

Materials:

Yarn:

  • A: 6 Skeins of Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball Weight 4 Medium Worsted Yarn (61% cotton, 34% acrylic & 5% other, 481 yd/ 440 m, 5.3 oz/ 150 g) – Community Coral (approx 530 yds used)
  • B: 5 Skeins of Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Weight 4 Medium Worsted Yarn (92% acrylic & 8% rayon, 145 yd/ 133 m, 3 oz/ 85 g) – Silver Heather (approx 650 yds used)
  • C: 3 Skeins of Bernat Premium Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 360 yd/ 329 m, 198 g/ 7 oz) – Black (approx 1080 yds used)

Important Note About Yarn Choice:

*Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball is very thin for a medium 4 worsted weight yarn, so I used 2 strands held together – this explains the large amount of yardage. If you choose to use a different medium 4 worsted weight yarn (thicker), then you will only need half of the yardage for Colour A (1253 yards instead of 2505 yards).

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Pattern Measurements

Hexagon:

  • Width: 6”
  • Length: 6.25”

Trapezoid:

  • Width: 3”
  • Length: 6.25”

Blanket:

  • Width: 47”
  • Length: 53”

Customizing the Size of your Afghan

This blanket is 8 hexagons wide by 10 rows long, measuring 47″ wide by 53″ long. For this blanket you’ll need a total of 75 hexagons and 10 trapezoids. However, you can easily customize your blanket by changing the number of hexagons sewn across, and the number of rows.

  • Width: To make your blanket wider use more than 8 hexagons. To make your blanket less wide, use less than 8 hexagons.  
  • Length: To make your blanket longer, make more than 10 rows. To make your blanket shorter, make less than 10 rows.

Hexagon and Trapezoid Calculator

I’m super excited about the hexagon and trapezoid calculator that is included in the PDF pattern for this blanket. It’s been a long time since I’ve done any backward mathematical thinking or coding, so I had a blast making this little calculator. Now, I think I might have to make a calculator to go along with each design I share haha.

This hexagon and trapezoid calculator is for those of you who would like to customize the size of your afghan. If you don’t feel like counting or doing the math yourself, simply enter the “Number of Hexagons” you’d like to have for your width, and the “Total # of Rows” you’d like to work. The calculator will spit out how many hexagons and trapezoids you need to make.

Trapezoid and Hexagon Calculator for the Dusk to Dawn Afghan

Abbreviations:

  • St(s) – stitch(es)
  • Sk – skip
  • Ch – chain
  • YO – yarn over
  • Sl st – slip stitch
  • MR – magic ring
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • Dc – double crochet
  • Fpdc – front-post double crochet
  • Bpdc – back-post double crochet
  • Ps – puff stitch
  • [] – Repeat the instructions inside these brackets.

Gauge: Approximately 15 st x 11 rows in 4” x 4”

  • Ch 17
  • Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. (15 hdc)
  • Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in each st across. Turn. (15 hdc) 
  • Rows 3 – 11: Repeat Row 2.

The Puff Stitch Photo Tutorial

I’ve included a photo tutorial below, to guide you through the steps of making a puff stitch. However, if you prefer to learn through video, here is a link to an excellent tutorial by ExpressionsFiberArts.

1: YO, and insert the hook in the st.

The Puff Stitch Step-by-Step Pictures

2: YO and draw up a loop – there should be 3 loops on the hook. 

Puff Stitch Tutorial Crochet

3: Repeat Step 2, two more times –  there should be 7 loops on the hook.

The Puff Stitch Easy Crochet Tutorial

4: YO and pull through the ALL 7 loops on the hook. You’re done!

Puff Stitch

Colour Chart and Blanket Diagram

Colour Chart and Layout for the Crochet Hexagon Blanket

Let’s get to the pattern!

Pattern:

Notes:

  1. The hexagons are worked in the ROUND; do not turn work at the end of each round. 
  2. The trapezoids are worked in ROWS; turn at the end of each row. 
  3. Colour Changes for Hexagon: To make the colour changes invisible, fasten off at the end of Round 4. Attach the new colour with a slip stitch into any ch-1 sp of the hexagon. Repeat this technique for Round 5! 
  4. Hexagon & Trapezoid Tip: Before starting Round 5 and Row 5 of the Hexagon/Trapezoid, place stitch markers into each of the 2nd half double crochets worked in the ch-1 sp of Round/Row 4 – these stitches are hard to see and easy to miss if you do not mark them. (Picture below)
  5. In this pattern, the puff stitches are worked differently, so please reference the “Puff Stitch Photo Tutorial” above before you start. 
  6. A colour chart is provided for additional reference.
  7. Trapezoid Tip: For Rows 3 – 6, work the last stitch of each row in the beginning chain of the previous row, INSTEAD of in the last ch-1 sp of the previous row – this will make your edges straighter.
  8. The beginning chain of each row and round does NOT count as a stitch.

Hexagon (Make 75)

With Colour A:

Make a MR.

Magic Ring Crochet

Rnd 1: Ch 1 to secure the MR, [Ps, ch 1] 6 times in MR. Join with a sl st. (6 Ps + 6 Ch-1 sp)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, [(dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-1 sp, 2 dc in next st] 6 times. Join with a sl st. (24 dc + 6 Ch-1 sp)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, bpdc around 1st st, (dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-1 sp, [bpdc around next 4 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-1 sp] 5 times; bpdc in last 3 sts. Join with a sl st. (24 bpdc + 12 dc + 6 Ch-1 sp)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, hdc in first 2 sts, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in ch-1 sp, [hdc in next 6 sts, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in ch-1 sp] 5 times; hdc in last 4 sts. Join with a sl st. Fasten off! (48 hdc + 6 Ch-1)

With Colour B:

Rnd 5: Attach yarn with a sl st into any ch-1 sp. Ch 1, [(dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-1 sp, dc in next 8 sts] 6 times. Join with a sl st. Fasten off! (60 dc  + 6 ch-1)

Rnd 6: Attach yarn with a sl st into any ch-1 sp. Ch 1, [(dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-1 sp, bpdc around next 10 sts] 6 times. Join with a sl st. (60 bpdc +12 dc + 6 ch-1)

Fasten off and weave in ends!

Trapezoid (Make 10)

With Colour A:

Make a MR.
Row 1 (WS): Ch 1, [Ps, ch 1] 4 times in MR. Turn. (4 Ps + 4 ch-1)

Row 2 (RS): Ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in 1st st, [2 dc in ch-1 sp, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st] 3 times. Turn. (14 dc + 4 ch-1)

Row 3 (WS): Ch 1, sk 1st st, (dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-1 sp, [fpdc around next 4 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp] 3 times. Turn. (12 fpdc + 8dc + 4 ch-1)

Row 4:  Ch 1, sk 1st st, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in ch-1 sp, [hdc in next 6 sts, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in next ch-1 sp] 3 times. Turn. (26 hdc + 4 ch-1)

With Colour B:

*Don’t forget the first hdc stitch after the ch-1 sp. It’s easy to miss, but if you count, you’ll notice if you skipped it.

Row 5: Ch 1, sk 1st st, (dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-1 sp, [dc in next 8 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp] 3 times. Turn. (32 dc + 4 ch-1)

With Colour C:

Row 6: Ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in 1st ch-1 sp, [bpdc around next 10 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp] 3 times. Turn. (30 bpdc, 8dc, 4 ch-1s)

Fasten off and weave in ends!

Seaming Method:

Now that you’ve made all of the hexagons and trapezoids, it’s time to start seaming your afghan together!

  • To sew the hexagons and trapezoids together, follow the blanket diagram above as a guideline – this shows how the shapes are arranged in the afghan.  
  • Turn the shapes, so they are facing wrong-side up, and insert the yarn needle into the back loop of each stitch. Begin to whip stitch – if you are unfamiliar with this stitch, here is a great tutorial by Wool and the Gang to help you – in each stitch across, including in the ch-1 spaces of each shape to join them.

Border:

Notes:

Border of the Hexagon Crochet Blanket
  • Tip: In the first round of the border, along the left and right side of the blanket, make approx. 17 – 20 double crochets in each trapezoid (Picture to the left). 
  • At the top and bottom of the blanket, work a (dc, ch 1, dc) in each ch-1 sp peak, and sk 2 sts in the valley space between the hexagons. (Picture 2 and 3 below)
  • Turn the blanket right side up, and attach yarn (Colour C) with a sl st in the top right corner ch-1 sp to start (Picture 1 below).

Rnd 1:

Ch 1, dc in 1st 12 sts, [(dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-1 sp peak, dc in next 11 sts, sk 2 sts, dc in next 11 sts] until reaching the last ch-1 sp peak, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last ch-1 sp peak, dc in last 12 sts. Turn blanket to begin working on the left side. 

(Dc, ch 1, dc) in 1st ch-1 sp corner. Dc in each st, ch-1 sp, and row across until reaching the corner ch-1 sp, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last corner ch-1 sp. Turn blanket to begin working on the bottom. 

Dc in 1st 12 sts, [(dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-1 sp peak, dc in next 11 sts, sk 2 sts, dc in next 11 sts] until reaching the last ch-1 sp peak, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last ch-1 sp peak, dc in last 12 sts. Turn blanket to begin working on the right side. 

(Dc, ch 1, dc) in 1st ch-1 sp corner.  Dc in each st, ch-1 sp, and row across until reaching the corner ch-1 sp, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last corner ch-1 sp. Join with a sl st.

Rnd 2:

Ch 1, bpdc around 1st 13 sts, [(dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-1 sp peak, bpdc around next 11 sts, sk 2 sts, bpdc around next 11 sts] until reaching the last ch-1 sp, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last ch-1 sp peak, bpdc around last 14 sts. Turn blanket to begin working on the left side. 

(Dc, ch 1, dc) in 1st corner ch-1 sp. Bpdc around each st across until reaching the corner ch-1 sp, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last corner ch-1 sp. Turn blanket to begin working on the bottom. 

Bpdc around 1st 14 sts, [(dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-1 sp peak, bpdc around next 11 sts, sk 2 sts, bpdc around next 11 sts] until reaching the last ch-1 sp peak, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last ch-1 sp peak, bpdc around last 14 sts. Turn blanket to begin working on the right side. 

(Dc, ch 1, dc) in 1st corner ch-1 sp. Bpdc around each st across until reaching the corner ch-1 sp, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last corner ch-1 sp, bpdc around last st. Join with a sl st.

Rnd 3:

Ch 1, sc in 1st 14 sts, [(sc, ch 1, sc) in ch-1 sp peak, sc in next 11 sts, sk 2 sts, sc in next 11 sts] until reaching the last ch-1 sp peak, (sc, ch 1, sc) in last ch-1 sp peak, sc in last 16 sts. Turn blanket to begin working on the left side.

(Sc, ch 1, sc) in 1st corner ch-1 sp, sc in each st across until reaching the corner ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 1, sc) in last corner ch-1 sp. Turn blanket to begin working on the bottom.

Sc in 1st 16 sts, [(sc, ch 1, sc) in ch-1 sp peak, sc in next 11 sts, sk 2 sts, sc in next 11 sts] until reaching the last ch-1 sp peak, (sc, ch 1, sc) in last ch-1 sp peak, sc in last 16 sts. Turn blanket to begin working on the right side. 

(Sc, ch 1, sc) in 1st corner ch-1 sp, sc in each st across until reaching the corner ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 1, sc) in last corner ch-1 sp, sc in last 2 sts. Join with a sl st.

Fasten off and weave in ends!

Round 3 of Crochet Hexagon Blanket Border

Recommended Step: Block your Afghan

Blocking your work will relax the stitches, allowing them to stretch out and lay flat. It will also ensure that the edges of the blanket are straight, giving the afghan a finished look.

  • Pin your blanket to Styrofoam blocks, cork boards, carpet, or whatever you have on hand. Turn the steamer on, and move it over the afghan as it boils and releases steam. If you do not have a steamer, you can use an iron on steam setting (make sure that it is 1 – 2″ away from the piece) or a spray bottle to lightly mist the afghan. Wait until the blanket has dried, and remove the pins. You should be left with a perfect afghan!

Questions?

If you have any questions as you work through the pattern, please reach out to me. I’d be more than happy to help! Simply comment below, or send me an e-mail through my contact page.

End Notes:  

Congratulations! You’ve just finished your first Dusk to Dawn Afghan. I hope you enjoyed making it as much as I did. And I hope all the sewing was worth it – now you can snuggle under this beauty for years to come!

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I hope you all have the best day!

Love, Dayna

2 thoughts on “How to Crochet the Dusk to Dawn Afghan”

  1. To Dayna
    I am Danish, so I have a lot of trouble translating and using the patterns, but still I enjoy getting new input.
    It is not certain that I use the pattern as intended, but I have become wiser and that is enough for me.
    Thank you for your energy
    Love from
    Grandmother Gudrun

    1. Dear Grandmother Gudrin,
      I’m so glad you enjoyed this post and consider yourself wiser because of it – that’s the best compliment. I hope you have a wonderful day, and get some time to crochet! 🙂
      Love, Dayna

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