Quilted baby blankets are a tradition in my family. So when it came to making my daughter’s baby blanket I knew I needed to make something that at least look quilted. I fell in love with hexagons while making the Hubby Hexagon Blanket, so it just made sense to make my baby girl a hexagon butterfly baby blanket.
My grandmother and best friend have quilted for quite a while now and I am just in love with the quilted look. I can make a quilt, but my passion is with crochet. So a quilt look alike blanket is enough for me.
Squares are typical when it comes to making quilts, but hexagons are so more interesting, plus you can make fun designs with them like a butterfly.
Quick Tips before you Start
Now don’t be scared off, but for this project you will be making 90 hexagons. I know, I know that is a big number, but these four row hexagons work up very fast. I thought I would share a few tips to keep you from getting burnt out on a project like this.
First tip, if you find yourself getting bored, switch colors. It is always fun to crack into a new skein. You will feel like you are starting a new project when you aren’t.
Second tip, stop and weave in your ends. After completing a good number of pieces, stop and weave in your ends. The change of task will be a nice relief from the monotony.
Third tip, block your pieces. After weaving in your ends, you can stop and block your pieces. This is a great thing to do as it will be difficult to block all your pieces at once. It is also a change in task and will break up any monotony.
Fourth tip, stop and sew your pieces together. I recommend reading the sewing instructions before you start the project. Pick a method that you want to use and make the appropriate colors so you can stop and sew pieces together to cut down on the finishing work.
Fifth tip, if you do get tired of a project like this, then it sometimes helps to stop and complete a smaller project. The feeling of completing a project is so uplifting and will help encourage you to come back and complete this project. I do recommend picking a project that will only take a day or two so that this project does not permanently land in a work in progress basket.
I truly hope these tips help as you work through this butterfly baby blanket. Let get to crocheting a baby blanket!
If you love this pattern, check out the other free baby pattern below.
Butterfly Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern
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4 Skeins of Caron Big Cotton Cakes or 922 yds/ 16.05 Oz of Worsted Weight Yarn (I used 1 skein of each color and had a lot of left over). Colors used are Coral, Cream, Aqua Breeze and Gray.
Crochet Hook, Size H, 5.0mm
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Stitches and Abbreviations
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Sk – Skip
St(s) – Stitches
Slst – Slip Stitch
MC – Magic Circle (Learn a new way to make a MC here!)
Difficulty Level – Easy
Gauge and Finished Size
Gauge – 4 Dc x 2 rows = 1″
Final Size – 38.5″ x 30″
Crochet Butterfly Baby Blanket Pattern
– Written in US terms.
— There is three different patterns listed below: the open stitch hexagon, solid hexagon, and half solid hexagon.
– Do not treat your turning chain as a stitch.
– Do not work your last stitch into the turning Chain.
– The entire pattern is worked in one direction.
– When you work your first Dc, make sure to work it into the same stitch you Slip Stitched to in the previous row.
– Stitch Count Includes the number of Dc on one side of the Hexagon.
Butterfly Open Stitch Hexagon
Make 6 in Cream and 14 in Coral.
R1: Working into a MC, Ch2, *Work a Dc into the MC, Ch2* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times, Slst to the first Dc. (1 Dc per side)
R2: Ch3, Sk St, *Work a (Dc, Ch2, Dc) into the Ch2 Space, Ch1, Sk St,* repeat from *to* a total of 5 times. Work a (Dc, Ch2, Dc) into the Ch2 Space, Slst to the Ch3. (2 Dc per side)
R3: Ch2, Work a Dc into the next St, Work a Dc into the Ch1 Space, *Work a (Dc, Ch2, Dc) into the Ch2 Space, Work a Dc into the next St, Work a Dc into the Ch1 Space, Work a Dc into the next St,* repeat from *to* a total of 5 times, Work a (Dc, Ch2, Dc) into the Ch2 Space, Work a Dc into the next St. Slst to the first Dc. (5 Dc per side)
R4: Ch2, Work a Dc into the next 3 Sts, *Work a (Dc, Ch2, Dc) into the Ch2 Space, Work a Dc into the next 5 Sts,* repeat from *to* a total of 5 times. Work a (Dc, Ch2, Dc) into the Ch2 Space, Work a Dc into the next 2 Sts. Slst to the first Dc. (7 Dc per side)
Fasten off and Weave in your ends.
Butterfly Blanket Solid Hexagon Pattern
Make 35 in Aqua Breeze and 27 in Grey.
R1: Working into a MC, Ch2, Work 12 Dc into MC. Slst to first Dc. (12)
R2: Ch2, Dc into first St. *(Dc, Ch2, Dc) into next St, Dc into next St* repeat from *to* a total of 5 times. (Dc, Ch2, Dc) into last St. Slst to first Dc. (3 Dc per side)
R3: Ch2, Dc into first 2 Sts, *(Dc, Ch2, Dc) into Ch2 space, Dc into next 3 Sts* repeat from *to* a total of 5 times. (Dc, Ch2, Dc) into next Ch2 space, Dc into last St. Slst to first Dc. (5 Dc per side)
R4: Ch2, Dc into first 3 Sts, *(Dc, Ch2, Dc) into next Ch2 Space, Dc into next 5 Sts* repeat from *to* a total of 5 times. (Dc, Ch2, Dc) into next Ch2 space, Dc into last 2 Sts. Slst to first Dc. (7 Dc per side)
Fasten off and weave in your ends.
Butterfly Blanket Solid Half Hexagon Pattern
-You will turn at the end of each Row.
-Your turning chain does not count as a stitch.
Make 8 in Grey.
R1: Working into a MC, Ch2, Work 7 Dc into a MC. (7)
R2: Ch2, turn, 2Dc into first St, Dc into next St, *(Dc, Ch2, Dc) into next St, Dc into next St.* repeat from *to* 2 times. 2 Dc into last St. (11 Dc)
R3: Ch2, turn, 2Dc into first St, Dc into next 3 Sts, *(Dc, Ch2, Dc) into next St, Dc into next 3 Sts.* repeat from *to* 2 times. 2 Dc into last St. (17 Dc)
R4: Ch2, turn, 2Dc into first St, Dc into next 5 Sts, *(Dc, Ch2, Dc) into next St, Dc into next 5 Sts.* repeat from *to* 2 times. 2 Dc into last St. (17 Dc)
Now we are going to clean up the flat edge of the half hexagon. Ch1, and working down the sides of the previous rows, work 2 Single Crochet into the side of each Double Crochet. This will give you 16 Single worked down the flat side. When you reach the end, fasten off and weave in your ends.
Sewing together your Butterfly Baby Blanket
To sew this blanket together I used an invisible stitch (also known as the ladder stitch and blanket stitch). Here is a video tutorial if you need it.
There is two ways you can tackle sewing this butterfly baby blanket together. The first way is to use one yarn color to sew all the pieces together. If you plan to do this I recommend, using the chart above and sewing all the pieces into vertical strips following the chart, then sew the vertical strips together to make the blanket.
I used this tactic with my Hubby’s Hexagon Blanket and it worked wonderfully. It is also possible to do this sitting on a couch, which is comfortable.
The second way to sew all these pieces together allows you to change your yarn color to match the hexagons you are working with.
What you can do is use grey yarn to sew the three middle grey pieces together. Then use white yarn to sew the two sections of white hexagons and then sew them to the 3 center grey hexagons.
I continued sewing like colors together until my butterfly was complete. Then I sewed the grey border pieces together and all the blue pieces together. Lastly I attached the grey to the blue and the blue to the butterfly.
This way is a lot more complex and requires a large table to work on. It is nice to have all the pieces sewn together with the most ideal yarn color, but I would assume this way takes much longer.
Once your butterfly baby blanket is sewn together little mist it with water and lay it flat to dry before wrapping up your baby, or wrapping the blanket to give as a gift.
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