Well this is a very happy “ta-dah” moment! The hexagon blanket in black, white, grey and red is finished and I’m a little bit in love – especially with how the border turned out!
After I had made my first Nordic Shawl, I was left with quite a lot of the acrylic HEMA-yarn I crocheted it with.
Having cuddled up under the shawl during cold nights, I came up with the idea of crocheting a blanket with this yarn, in colors matching our living room decor (hence the black, grey, white and red).
Of course I ended up buying more of the HEMA-yarn, but the 50gr balls being priced just 1 euro each was really not a reason not to!
Remembering how much fun I had crocheting my first hexagon blanket in 2011, I decided to look for a nice hexagon pattern for this one too and found it on the beautiful “Lavender and Wild Rose blog“. Jen made an exellent tutorial for this motif, you can find it here.
At first I went for the “randomly adding hexagons join as you go”- method, going in rounds, but quickly started working in rows, carefully picking colors, making sure no two same colored hexagons touched each other. My – eum, shall we say – precise brain could not handle too much of this random stuff; much happier doing the row-by-row-thing, I can tell you.
It was sort of hard to decide when it was big enough to start the border and I have to admit that the key to that point was my just being ready with it.
This time I wanted to have straight borders and found a helpful tutorial on this subject here. I did have to adjust my stitches a bit, but Vicki’s excellent blog post pointed me in the exact right direction.
On my last round I added a small picot, that gives the blanket a whimsical touch.
While crocheting the border I could not have suspected I would be so happy with it once done – I think it frames the blanket nicely and I also like it that there’s a subtle hint in the border to the colors used in the blanket.
- it measures 150 x 110 cm
- has 11 x 13 rows
- weighs a little over 1000 gr
- and has 138 hexagons (plus 10 half hexies)
I’m looking forward to a lovely Spring and a long Summer for sure, but some cold nights would be nice too – there’s a cute blanket waiting for me to snuggle under ……