Sunday, September 8

The hexagon blanket is ready...

... And it has become quite snuggly and soft. I want to thank you for your kind comments when I posted about this blanket-in-progress. In this post I'll try to answer the questions I got about it.
So here is the big reveal! I hope you like it and I apologize in advance for the photo overkill, haha.

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In case you're interested in some practicalities...

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THE YARN
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)...

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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.)

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ByHaafner, crochet, hexagon throw, blanket, pastel, crochet border, half hexagon


JOINING THE HEXAGONS
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. ;-)

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THE BORDER
The border is an adapted version of this pattern.
I left out the last row of chains, instead I improvised two other rows.

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HOOK SIZES
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.)

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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. ;-)

♦♦

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33 comments:

  1. Wow! You turned this hexie blanket into a piece of art. Really stunning border.
    And dancing in Barcelona...that sounds great. Please bring me a pair of red polka dot flamenco shoes. :)

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  2. I have that book... YAY!! ;-) Your blanket looks AMAZING!! I love it.
    Esther.

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  3. Oh my soul, what a beautiful blanket!
    Enjoy galavanting all over :-)

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    1. Posting a link to this blog at www.facebook.com/groups/onshekel, if I may?

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  4. really stunning work! lovely colours, Heather x

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  5. Lovely !!!
    Have a nice week !
    Anna

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  6. Oh, it was beautiful. And also the border! Super!

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  7. So, so beautiful!! Enjoy keeping cozy with it!! Have a lovely week! xo Heather

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  8. This blanket is stunning! Absolutely gorgeous... I think I might shamelessly steal your idea and make one of my very own. If I start now, it should be finished in Spring :o)

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    1. Nice! ;-) I'd love to see it. Haafner

      P.S. It actually is relatively quick to make. One hexie took me about 20 - 25 minutes once I got the hang of it. And because I used a 5 mm hook, the blanket grew relatively quick too... (It's just that I was procrastinating making the half hexagons for months, that delayed finishing it considerably... ;-) )

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  9. Wow! I love the colours. :) Lovely pattern and border. So beautiful. :) Greetings from Poland :)

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  10. This is a gorgeous blanket !! I'm actually making a simple blanket with Paris Drops too and I am enjoying working with this yarn. Your color choice is beautiful !!

    xEva

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  11. OOOOOOOOOOOOOH wat geweldig mooi. Mooie kleuren,super patroon en hele mooie rand!! Groetjes, Ina

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  12. Oh, do take a bow! You've created a masterpiece there. Stitches are perfect, colors subtly inventive and harmonious. Having once upon a time crocheted an intricately stitched fine cotton bedspread, I do know how much is involved.

    Bravo! xo

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  13. It's absolutely stunning ! Love the colours and the border is perfect . What a beautiful heirloom it will make .Greetings from SW France :)

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  14. A really beautiful blanket!
    I adore the colors, and also very much the cream colored border.
    It all looks so vintage.
    I also like the way you joined the hexa’s.
    I will keep that in mind!

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  15. Het ziet er geweldig uit!!! Mooi patroon, mooie kleuren, prachtige rand en geweldige stoel! De schommelstoel van Eames staat nog op mijn wish list :-)

    Fijne week!

    Madelief x

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  16. I absolutely love this blanket, the vintage feel is great! Improvising paid off, looks exactly like it should. Cheers!

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  17. It is SO GORGEOUS oh my god!! I love the colours you used, I'm tempted to try some Drops Paris myself! And good job on not giving up on those half hexagons, they turned out beautifully! Have fun travelling! xx

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    1. Thank you! I liked working with Drops Paris.

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  18. love it. colours, pattern... so beautiful :)

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  19. This is so incredibly beautiful! I love the border! :) ~Stephanie

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  20. EU AMAR TONS PASTÉIS,ESSA PEÇA SER MARAVILHOSA.BOA SEMANA.VALÉRIA.(BRASIL).

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  21. Wonderful choice of colours . your border finishes it off very nicely, you should be very proud.Bravo.

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  22. beautiful!! I have yarn sitting here that I bought to make a blanket but the pattern didn't work out, so the yarn has been sitting waiting for something new to come along. Now, I think this is it! thank you for the inspiration!!

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  23. Congrats on your blog stats from yesterday! You deserve it - your blog is beautiful - you make such pretty things - and it's so nice that you take the time to tell us what make of yarn you've used, hook size etc - really helpful information which not all bloggers are happy to share.

    I love this hexagon blanket - I made one last night via the link that you provided (another helpful thought). I've just read your joining method so I can get on my hexie journey now!

    Thanks for the great inspiration :-)

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  24. Love your style and colouring, thanks!

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  25. love this I have to make one -love dee x

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  26. This is very different in the sense that it has half hexagons along the side.
    Couple that with the beautiful edging and you get divine....
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