Hexagons are my favourite shape to crochet, more interesting than a boring old square and easier than a circle, with the bonus that they all fit together in a pleasing honeycomb pattern.
I thought it would be fun to use some of my t-shirt yarn stash to make a Chunky Hexie Crochet Rug – ideal to use as a bedside mat or in the bathroom. If it gets grubby I can just throw it in the washing machine, so practical.
If you are new to crochet or just need a little guidance, I’ve created a detailed instructional video running you through the whole pattern. I hope you find it useful, it took about 22 hours to upload to youtube, my internet is super slow!
I also posted a video yesterday showing in a bit more details how to crochet a Treble stitch and make a Magic Loop, two of the main things you need to know to crochet this project. Watch it here – How to crochet: Magic Loop & Treble Stitch (UK).
How to make a Crochet Hexie Rug
Approx 74cm x 53cm (29″x 21″)
You will need:
- T-shirt Yarn assorted colours about 2-3 large skeins
- 12mm crochet hook
- Large eye darning wool needle
Crochet Stitches Used: (UK terms)
- Magic Loop
- ch – Chain stitch
- tr – Treble stitch(UK/AUS) – known as double crochet (dc) stitch in US
- sl – Slip stitch
- * indicates group of stitches to be repeated
Basic Hexagon Pattern:
Make 10 of these to complete the rug pictured – Hexagon motifs are worked in the round
Round 1: Make a Magic Loop, ch 3, working all into magic loop, tr, ch 2, *tr 2, ch2* 5 more times. sl st to join last ch to the top of the first series of 3 ch.
Round 2: ch 3, tr in next tr stitch, tr into the chain gap from previous round ch 2, *tr in chain gap, tr 2 in next 2 tr, tr into the chain gap, ch 2* repeat 5 more times. tr in last corner gap. sl st to join last ch to the top of the first series of 3 ch.
Round 3: ch 3, tr 2 in next 2 tr stitches, tr into the chain gap from previous round ch 2, *tr in chain gap, tr 4 in next 4 tr, tr into the chain gap, ch 2* repeat 5 more times. tr in last corner gap, tr into the last tr below. sl st to join last ch to the top of the first series of 3 ch. Cut yarn and weave in ends.
If you want a quick step-by-step pictorial run through, this blog post is helpful.
Hexagon Crochet Rug Assembly Instructions:
Once you have crocheted 10 hexagons, arrange them in 3 rows of 3, 4 and 3. Note that because some t-shirt yarn is chunkier than others which leads to slight side variation. Once you sew them together it will be fine.
Thread a large eye needle with an arms length of yarn matching the colour of at least on of the hexies you are sewing. Whip stitch through the back loops of the hexagon motifs aligning the corresponding stitches.
Join all the hexagons and weave loose ends in to secure.
All done! This project only took me a couple of evenings as the chunky hexagons work up quickly with the t-shirt yarn.
I love how this little crochet rug brightened up this dark corner of my kitchen, but Emma thought it was so awesome that it now lives in her bedroom. Also how gorgeous is my orchid, I’ve had it for ages and after being dormant for a while it shot up 2 beautiful sprays of flowers that compliment the rug beautifully.
Where do I buy t-shirt yarn?
I get asked this question A LOT, here are a few places I’ve found online. (*= affiliate link)
this blog post is helpful* (Europe)
this blog post is helpful* (USA)
this blog post is helpful (Australia)
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