Posts Tagged ‘hexagons’

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Hexagons crochet blanket

November 22, 2010

Well, hello little blog, hello dear readers. After a rush of posts in August I seem to have been away for months. Not because I haven’t been crafting, but, well, I’ve been working on a different kind of project, I guess you could say. It left me rather bereft of energy and time for knitting and crochet – more about that another time, however.

I’m very pleased to say that amongst everything else that’s been going on, I’ve finally finished the hexagon blanket that I’ve been working on, on and off, for the last 18 months or so. It was a great fun project to work on, but being such a big thing it kept getting pushed a side for smaller, quicker projects — like all those socks.

Eventually I told myself that I couldn’t start anything new until the hexagons were complete, so I finally put my mind to it, and I’m very pleased that I did!

Pattern: Hexagon How-to by Lucy at Attic24
Yarn: Rowan Pure Wool DK, (which I blogged about here)
Hook: 4mm
Border: three rounds of UK tr (US dc) with a ripple-ish 2x decrease at each corner where two hexagons join, and increases at the “outwards facing” corners.
Edge: Bobble-shell Edging, again by Lucy at Attice 24.
Hexagons: 170

By far my biggest knit/crochet project so far, and very satisfying!

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90 middles

March 17, 2010

I’ve been saying for some time now that I should really get back to my hexagons. It’s been almost a year since I first posted about them — the day my yarn arrived was very exciting and it wasn’t long before the blanket started taking shape. But I got distracted by other projects and my hexie has been untouched since last August.

…Until recently, that is. You might have spotted a shot of lots of crochet “middles” in the post about my new greenhouse a couple of weeks ago — well, now they’ve grown into larger middles. Lovely flowery coloured circles, waiting to be turned into hexagons and joined into the blanket.

It’s almost a shame, since they look so gorgeous in their own right as flowery circles — but hexify them I must — and the hopefully the hexy will look just as yummy as the middles do.

I’ll keep you posted.

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Slowly growing hex blanket

August 4, 2009

I wish I were just slightly better at organising my projects. With at least three on the go at the moment I feel I should complete at least one before starting on something new, but what with working extra shifts, trying to move house, the voluntary work for the fan club I help to run, and, you know, all the other commitments that everybody reading this will have in one form or another, that never seems to happen.

Slowly growing hex blanket

So for now, it’s another work-in-progress shot of the project which will probably take the longest of them all – my hexie. I’m about a third of the way through the yarn I bought for this project and I’m a little sad to see that it won’t turn out as large as I’d originally planned. It may have to become an oversized lapghan instead of the bedspread I’d originally hoped for — but at least it will be a lovely, cuddly, cheerful, hexie lapghan!

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May crochet and gardening

May 12, 2009

May – how did we end up here already? Not only that, but speedily approaching the middle of the month. Summer will be here before we know it!

The plants on my balcony are starting to grow and are making the place look jolly and nice. This year I’ve invested in a load of lovely French Marigold plugs in the hope that they’ll help keep the bugs off my tomatoes (a tip found in the BBC Gardeners’ World magazine) and some colourful aubrieta, to name but two.

Aubrieta Kitte Rose

Honestly, the number of plants on the balcony seems to multiply by the day – garden centres seem to be my weakness at the moment. We travelled to Malvern at the weekend for the Spring Gardening Show – the first time I’ve made it there in five years – and had a lovely time in the sunshine drooling at all the plants I’ll have, one day, when we finally manage to move into a proper house, with a proper garden. We’ll get there one day, but for now my balcony will just have to get ever more crowded. Oh, and did I mention that we saw Joe Swift there?

In craft-land, progress is being made on the hexagon blanket. Slower progress than I’d like, but it’s progress all the same.

New pens and crochet-in-progress

I’ve been thinking about how to finish it — to make a hexagon of hexagons, or maybe a rectangle? After keeping and eye out for ideas I was inspired by this lovely blanket by Nonni Mariella and have been experimenting with the idea half hexagons! After some fiddling around and a few mistakes I think I have come up with a design which works, which I now need to write down and try to join it into the main blanket to see how it looks.

Half hexagons

It’s looking promising so far!

In other news, it was my Mum’s birthday recently and among other things, I decided to give her the Sunburst afghan I completed a couple of months ago. To say she loved it would be a bit of an understatement – I’m so pleased!

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Hexagon love

April 14, 2009

The hexagon blanket is started! I think this is the reason I started learning to crochet — well, this and a desire to make amigurumi, but that inclination seems to have left me for the moment. I wanted something big and bright and cozy and hand made and this afghan is definitely going to fit the bill.

Hexagons day 3

I’m already a wee bit concerned that the 30 balls of DK wool I bought for the project won’t be enough, but however large it ends up, I think it’ll be a favourite.

The pattern is the great Hexagon How-to — another from Lucy at Attic24 — with an extra dose of inspiration from Moonstitches. I love how easy it is, and the joining as-you-go technique is a wonder, if a little fiddly at first. I haven’t yet found a method I’m totally happy with for joining finished granny squares, so working it whole like this is brilliant.

The only down side is that I’m now lost to the rest of the world. Nothing else is going to get done while there are hexagons to do!