Thursday’s Theme … (4)

Hexagons

Hexagons are the slightly more sophisticated cousin of the lovely square and can be utilised in pretty much the same way.

They can be knitted:

Knitted Hexagons. Purchasable pattern for this lovely blanket found Here.
Knitted Hexagons.
Purchasable pattern for this lovely blanket found Here.
For the more experienced maker. Beautiful, textured hexagon. Pattern found Here.
This beautiful knitted hexagon is for the more experienced maker.  Pattern found Here.

And of course they can be crocheted:

There are almost as many crocheted hexagon patterns to choose from as there are squares. Perhaps one of the most recognisable is the African Flower motif, widely used by Heidi Bears designs.

African Flower Motif. Excellent Tutorial Here.
African Flower Motif. Excellent Tutorial Here.

Their shape lends them to all kinds of items:

Here I have used it in a pillow design. (I ‘wrapped’ the motifs around the inner pad when joining to avoid half motifs but you still get the impression that they are there).

Image by Wightstitches.
Image by Wightstitches.

 It’s closed stitch design means it makes an ideal blanket.


Joining hexagons: The motifs can be treated in a couple of ways, either join as you go as here …

Gorgeousness by the fab Lucy at Attic 24. Tutorial Here.
Gorgeousness by the fab Lucy at Attic 24. Tutorial Here.

Or join them together individually by sewing or using a single crocheted seam.

Example of motifs seamed around with single crochet stitches. Pattern available to purchase, Here.
Example of motifs seamed around with single crochet stitches. Pattern available to purchase, Here.
Motifs joined by sewing. Free pattern Here.
Motifs simply joined together by sewing.
Free pattern Here.

The main difference from squares is in the finishing of the outer edges.

Projects can be worked where full hexagons are used throughout and a staggered edge is formed. A narrow border is all that is needed to give a neat finish. Or half hexagons are used to fill in the spaces to ‘square’ off the piece and it can then be bordered in exactly the same way as a square or rectangular blanket.

An example of both of these methods can be seen in the first knitted version at the start of this post.

Other crocheted hexagon designs you might like to try.

A: Starflower Hexagon by Julie Mnemosyne. Free Pattern Here.
B: Springtime Hexagon by Kim@eggbirddesigns. Free Pattern Here.
C: Painted Daisy Hexagon by Megan Speakes. Free Pattern Here.
D: Granny Square Hexagon Crystal by Paula Matos. Purchasable Pattern Here.

Whether you choose a plain knitted motif, a single coloured crocheted granny or a multi hued floral design; a baby blanket made up of hexagons is always a lovely project to work on.

And the results will be much admired too.

I do hope this has inspired you to have a go at your own masterpiece.


As usual, I rather underestimated the space required for this subject so my plans to explore the adding of borders will be next weeks theme instead.

Happy Yarning … 🙂


 Image Credits: Svetlana Gordon, Heidi Bears, Lucy of Attic 24, Anne Hay, Gina Clark, Melisa Joy, Megan Speakes, Julie Mnemosyne, Paula Matos, Lion Brand Yarns. Thank you.

 

 

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