So here is the big reveal! I hope you like it and I apologize in advance for the photo overkill, haha.
In case you're interested in some practicalities...
The offwhite I used for the joining and the edging is Rico Creative Cotton
(because I had lots of it in my stack because of another wip);
all the other colours are Drops Paris cotton. First time I used this, and I have to say, I like its fluffiness. If you visited here before you might remember this picture (made when I started to work on this blanket)...
THE HEXAGON PATTERN
Alas, it's not mine, so I can't share it here. I used motive #1 from a Dutch Marie Claire Idées book with 250 crochet stitches (which is btw a great resource book, I thrifted it for a one euro).
But fret not! You can find a very similar pattern here and another one here. And of course Jeannette's Pinterest board about hexagons is a great source of inspiration!
I didn't have a pattern for the half hexagons, I had to improvise. (And was kind of crushed when I realised that I actually needed two different half hexagons - see the pics below. It's all about knowing your maths. LOL.)
What I can happily share is how I joined the hexagons, about which I received some questions. It's a simple join-as-you-go method. You'll just double crochet around your first hexagon without chain stitches in between the double crochet! When joining a square, you'll make a chain stitch in between every 4 dc of the first square. The remaining sides of your second square (the ones that are not joined in that round) only consist of double crochet (without chain stitches, just like all the sides of your first square). When joining a third square, the sides are joined with a slipstitch between every 4 dc again, et cetera. Mmm, I hope this makes sense... Please let me know if it doesn't. Or if it does. ;-)
The border is an adapted version of this pattern.
I left out the last row of chains, instead I improvised two other rows.
The hexagons and joining are made with a 5 mm hook.
For the first row of dc of the border I also used a 5 mm hook,
for the second row a 4,5 mm hook, to prevent it from becoming ruffled.
The 3rd row is again made with a 5 mm hook, all the other border rows are hooked with a 4,5 mm hook. (It's trial and error really to find a balance between a too tight or a ruffled border.)
THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE
That's about it I guess! In case you have questions about the pattern - and you think I might be able to help ;-) - please let me know.
Thanks for paying a visit & have a lovely day! Meanwhile I'll be sailing the North Sea Channel, doing some Spanish dancing in Barcelona, picking mushrooms and berries in Norway, taking a coffee break on my patio and checking my emails more regularly. ;-)