Monday, 7 January 2019

Crochet Hexagon Blanket - Half Hexagon pattern and Joining

Namaste friends, How has 2019 begun for you?

This year I have chosen "Persistence" as my Word of the Year. I think in 2018 I gave up very easily on things that could have been simply awesome. 

Yes, moving across states, an overseas trip, a change of job by hubby are facts that cannot be ignored. 
But, at the end of the day, these are just excuses and not reasons.

For now, let us "persist" with the hexagon blanket and proceed towards completion. :)


Crochet half hexagon free pattern



Crochet Half Hexagon pattern

Materials:
Yarn: DK wt yarn*
Hook: 4.5 mm*
Yarn needle
Quantity of yarn and blanket size will be updated upon completion.

Gauge: Each half hexagon is approx 4" from centre to side and 8.5" corner to corner

Note: Ch 3 at beg of each round counts as a dc.
          The pattern is written in US terms.

Stitch abbreviations (In US terms)
beg: beginning 
ch: chain
sl st; slip stitch
dc: double crochet
rep: repeat
sp: space
Rnd: round
nxt: next

Ch 4, join with sl st to form ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3, dc into ring, ch 2, 2dc into ring, ch2, 2dc into ring. Turn. (6 dc, 2 ch-2 sps).

Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in nxt st, (dc, ch 2, dc) into ch-2 sp,  dc in nxt 2 sts, (dc, ch 2, dc) into ch-2 sp, dc in nxt st, 2dc into top of beg ch 3. Turn. (12 dc, 2 ch-2 sps).

Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in nxt 3 sts, (dc, ch 2, dc) into ch-2 sp, * dc in nxt 4 sts, (dc, ch 2, dc) into ch-2 sp, dc in nxt 3 sts, 2dc into top of beg ch 3. Turn. (18 dc, 2 ch-2 sps).

Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in nxt 5 sts, (dc, ch 2, dc) into ch-2 sp,  dc in nxt 6 sts, (dc, ch 2, dc) into ch-2 sp, dc in nxt 5 sts, 2dc into top of beg ch 3. Turn. (24 dc, 2 ch-2 sps).

Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in nxt 7 sts, (dc, ch 2, dc) into ch-2 sp,  dc in nxt 8 sts, (dc, ch 2, dc) into ch-2 sp, dc in nxt 7 sts, 2dc into top of beg ch 3. Turn. (30 dc, 2 ch-2 sps).

Rnd 6Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in nxt 9 sts, (dc, ch 2, dc) into ch-2 sp,  dc in nxt 10 sts, (dc, ch 2, dc) into ch-2 sp, dc in nxt 9 sts, 2dc into top of beg ch 3. Turn. (36 dc, 2 ch-2 sps).

Rnd 7: Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in nxt 11 sts, (dc, ch 2, dc) into ch-2 sp,  dc in nxt 12 sts, (dc, ch 2, dc) into ch-2 sp, dc in nxt 11 sts, 2dc into top of beg ch 3. 
Fasten off (42 dc, 2 ch-2 sps).

Get the free pattern for the full hexagons in this post.

Joining the Hexagons

Hexagons can be joined using many different methods. 
For this blanket, I joined the hexagons by slip stitching them together in the back loops only.

Here a photo tutorial:


How to join crochet hexagons using slip stitch in back loops only crochetkari

How to join crochet hexagons using slip stitch in back loops only crochetkari

Hold two hexagons with the right sides together. With a slip knot on the hook, insert hook into the second ch of the ch-2 space on both hexagons, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.


How to join crochet hexagons using slip stitch in back loops only crochetkari

Now insert hook into the back loops only of the next stitch on both hexagons.


How to join crochet hexagons using slip stitch in back loops only crochetkari

Once again yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook.  Slip stitch in back loops only is done.


How to join crochet hexagons using slip stitch in back loops only

Continue slip stitching through the back loops of remaining stitches.
Then, slip stitch through the first ch of the ch-2 space.

Crochet quite loosely ensuring there are no puckers and don't join too many hexagons at one go, or else the hexagons turn into bowls.
Ask me how I know...LOL!


How to join crochet hexagons using slip stitch in back loops only crochetkari

This is how the seam will look on the wrong side.


How to join crochet hexagons using slip stitch in back loops only crochetkari

And here is a look at the front side, with the seam not visible at all.


How to join crochet hexagons using slip stitch in back loops only

Now, we will attach the next hexagon by holding it right sides together, just like before.
Insert hook into the second chain of ch-2 space on BOTH hexagons. Yarn over and pull through all loops.


How to join crochet hexagons using slip stitch in back loops only crochetkari

Proceed as before by slip stitching through the back loops of remaining stitches
End with slip stitch in first ch of ch-2 space.


How to join crochet hexagons using slip stitch in back loops only crochetkari

Each ch in the ch-2 sp is joined to the adjacent hexagon. Three hexagons will join at any corner.

You can follow this exact method to SEW your hexagons together using a sewing needle, but I prefer to crochet them together.

I hope you found this tutorial useful. Do give this blanket a try as it is a very, very simple pattern.

Now off I go to decide a border for this blanket.

Let me know if you have any queries. Happy crocheting.





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Sunday, 30 December 2018

Happy New Year 2019!


Happy New Year 2019 crochetkari

Namaste, my lovely friends,

May the New Year bring you Good Health, Joyous moments with your Loved Ones, Peace and Contentment and of course Lots of Crafty Goodness!!

Recently I downloaded a planner that had a section for "Twenty before 2020".
I think it is a great idea. I am definitely going to make my list.

Why don't you give it a try? It will be fun to come back to the list in January 2020 and check how many of the goals you have achieved.

See you in the New Year!

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