One of my favourite projects to crochet are blankets. For a long time I have admired crochet hexagons and always knew that one day I would like to make a throw with this shape, the only thing that stopped me was too much choice, I found it so difficult to choose a pattern, I had two criteria, it must be flowery and it must be joined as you go.
As well as being flower based and join as you go, I also wanted something that would be suitable for using my growing amount of Stylecraft Special DK scraps, I can’t afford to go and but a lot of yarn at the moment so I’m trying to use up my very modest stash. I have no sense of colour and most of the scrap colours are bright and in your face so whilst I wanted random colours selections, I also wanted some sort of sequence,so for the last few months I have been scouring my books, blogs and of course Ravelry for that perfect hexagon that fits all my wants and needs.
I managed to whittle dozens of patterns down to just two, the African Flower Hexagon and the Puffed Daisy Hexagon. Both are free patterns, both would allow me to work the centre in random colours with a same colour border to tone down the brightness of some of my colours. I settled on the Puffed Daisy Hexagon and based my decision on the fact that Ravelry is full of African Flower projects and not so many Puffed Daisy ones, I like to be different like that 🙂
So pattern sorted, centre yarn sorted I now needed to choose a colour for the border, I had to include purple as that is my Daughters favourite colour and the odds are she will claim the blanket, I popped to my local Factory Shop to see what they had and chose a light purple and a dark purple, I was worried about how these would clash with the bright centres so decided to pick up a few balls of black, anything goes with black, right?
So with everything I need and my new KnitPro hook (4mm) I got to work, I decided to work the outer rows in black, light purple, black, dark purple, black, light purple, black as the two purples didn’t sit quite right together. I’m hoping to end with all the hexagons on the outer edges having a black border, to make the actual blanket edging more dramatic.
The pattern itself is well written and easy to follow, I copied it out wrong and had to pull out my first hexagon several times but that’s me being an idiot as usual, after two hexagons I have the pattern memorised, I have discovered that my flowers wont be as random as I hoped, some of my scrappy skeins are quite a bit bigger than the others so there will be many more of those coloured petals, I am going to have to space them out so as I don’t end up with them all in one place, being able to work the flowers separately really helps with this. I’m also crocheting over the ends as I work to make the dreaded weaving in process at the end a little faster. I’m very happy with my work so far, what do you think?
I would love to see your hexagon projects so feel free to leave links etc in the comments.