Friday, 25 May 2012

State of Hexcitement

Hello, today let me introduce you to my new love, the Hexagon Blanket. In one of my earlier posts I mentioned being inspired by Lucy of Attic24 to make the Hexie. So off I went to my LYS to get my yarn. I left my home with visions of the beautiful colours that Lucy used and wanted to get similar colours.

But when I reached the store the colours available were not as lovely and the quality of the yarn was not too great either. So after turning the whole store inside out, these are the colours I bought.


There are 21 colours in all. Yarn in India is almost always available in skeins. They are then wound into balls by hand using the age-old custom of wrapping the skeins across your knees or a chair back.

Here is my yarn, duly wound.



Hmm... these balls of yarn don't look hand wound, do they? So how did I do it? Well, that is a secret I will reveal in a later post (and no, it is not what you are thinking).

Now on to the actual making of the blanket. I wanted each hexagon to be unique and that the colour combinations should not get repeated. So I sat down with my two bags of yarn and a 4mm crochet hook.



Firstly I chose a colour for the centre at random, then I went about in an eeny-meeny-miny-moe fashion to choose the next colour and so on. You see, I wanted "unique" hexagons.

After hours of painstaking labour, this is what I achieved.



Then I chanced upon this brilliant tip by Angie who has a lovely blog called "Le monde de Sucrette". She starts out by making the centres in each of the colours, which are 21 in my case. Then she moves on to the next round using a different colour every time. Absolutely brilliant. This gives you unique motifs each time and all the colours are used equally and your work progresses much faster. To see this tip in detail go here. On the same page she has a different pattern for the hexagon, which you may like to use.

This is how I started off. I was now making good progress.






The next pic shows how far I have reached now.


Here is close up of the blanket. Looks rustic, doesn't it?


And a couple of more photos, with and without the flash.



Mwah.. I just love this blanket. I will keep you posted about my progress with my blanket. 

A big thank you to Lucy and Angie for the pattern and the tip.
See you soon xxxx

9 comments:

  1. It is beautiful! I love your colors! Thank you so much for the link to my blog :)
    Have a wonderful day
    Angie

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  2. Looking gorgeous, I love that you call it Rustic, it looks so happy to me, happy colours.
    Have fun hooking up the rest!
    Lucexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  3. wow...this is so beautiful....I too love to work on crochet...hav learnt in my school days :-)this is so colorful...hope to get some new design ideas from your space :-)

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  4. It looks wonderful! I love the colors.

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  5. hi !!!!

    just bumped into ur blog and i must say that the blanket is really colorful and bright. Hats off to ur patience.Also thanks for sharing the info on crochet books. Am definitely going to add them in my collection.

    moushumi
    luvforcrafts.blogspot.in

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  6. these are really wonderful colours. i need a favour. do you know if there are any yarn shops in ahmedabad

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  7. Which type of yarn are u using for this

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