Sunday, 14 January 2018

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Crochet Rainbow Hexagon Motif Blanket - free pattern and video tutorial!

In the run up to Christmas, I am always panic crocheting. I have stock to make for craft fairs, gifts to get made in time, it's chaos.

Once Christmas is over, there is a weird lull where I don’t quite know what to do with myself.  I mooch about, I organise my yarn and start 101 things that are never destined to be finished.

Whilst sorting my yarn, I came across a few balls of James Brett Party Time that I bought a long time ago and never really used. I had tried a couple of things with it in the past but didn’t really like how it crocheted up, the colour changes are short, the dyes bleed randomly into each other, not to mention how garishly bright it is… but it is squishy and soft.


So I sat in my “meh” moochy mood and grabbed a hook. I messed about with some motifs but settled on this simple hexagon.  Suddenly I loved how the short bright colour changed looked and I was away! The cluster style hexis are so quick to make up that before I knew it, I had enough for a blanket.

 

I made all the coloured centres first, then arranged them in a vague ombre way on the floor before starting the joining.


It got a fair bit of attention online (probably due to the garish colours screaming at people from their social media feeds lol) and lots of people asked me for the details and pattern so they too could make an eye bleedingly bright blanket of their own. So, without further ado, here is all the details you need for making your very own rainbow hexagon blanket!



This crochet hexagon is super quick and simple to make.



Yarn:

·         James Brett Party Time, Shade PT1
·         Cygnet Chunky in black for joining

6mm crochet hook

Repeat the pattern between the asterisks’ *….. *  X number of times

Stitches:  USA TERMS

Magic Ring (if you don’t wish to use this technique, you can substitute it for Chain 6, join to the first chain with a slip stitch to create a ring.)




ch = chain
dc = double crochet

dc2tog = double crochet 2 together







Full Hexagon Motif VIDEO TUTORIAL - scroll down for the written pattern:









Full Hexagon Motif  - written pattern:


Round 1.

Using rainbow colour yarn

Into a Magic Ring, Ch2, 1dc (this counts as your first dc2tog) , ch3.

*dc2tog, ch3* x 5.   Join with a slip stitch to the first ch3 space of the round.


Round 2.

Ch2, 1dc (this counts as your first dc2tog) ch3, 2dctog.

*ch1, dc2tog, ch3, dc2tog all into the next ch3 space.* x5

Ch1, join with a slip stitch to the first ch3 space of the round. Cut your yarn.


Round 3.

Change to black yarn - the following instructions are for if you are SEWING your motifs together - if you prefer to Join As You Go, please scroll to the end of this post for the video instructions which slightly differ for this round.

Join yarn to any ch3 space from Round 2.

Ch3 (this counts as your first dc), 1dc, ch2, 2dc all into the same ch3 space.

*3dc into ch1 space, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) into next ch3 space* x 5

3dc into ch1 space. Join with slip stitch to the 3rd ch of your initial ch3 of the round.



Half Hexagon Motif VIDEO TUTORIAL - scroll down for the written pattern:




Half Hexagon Motif - written pattern:




Round 1.


Using rainbow colour yarn

Into Magic Ring;

Ch2 (this counts as your first dc), 1dc, ch3, dc2tog, ch3, 2dc.

Round 2.

Ch2  (this counts as your first dc) TURN. 1dc into base of ch2.

*Ch1, (dc2tog, ch3, dc2tog) into ch3 space* x 2

Ch1 then end with 2dc into the top of your ch2 from the round below.

Ch1, cut your yarn but DO NOT TURN.


Round 3.

Change to black yarn  - the following instructions are for if you are SEWING your motifs together - if you prefer to Join As You Go, please scroll to the end of this post for the video instructions which slightly differ for this round.

Join yarn with same side facing you to the 1st ch2 from the round below. – see video

Ch3, 1dc, ch3, 2dc all into the same space.

3dc into ch1 space from round below.

*(2dc, ch2, 2dc) into ch3 space from round below, 3dc into ch1 space*  x 2

(2dc, ch3, 2dc) into the top of the last dc from your round below.

The next stitches need to be placed evenly along the edge of your half hexi. Please see the video for a visual guide on placement!

*3dc* x2

Join with slip stitch to the top of your initial ch3. Cut your yarn.




How to Join As You Go

Follow Rounds 1 & 2 of the crochet hexagon pattern.

Round 3 is the same for the sew method BUT with the addition of 1 chain.

Corners = 2dc, 3ch, 2dc
Sides = ch1, 3dc, ch1




Border:

For the border, I followed Vicki @ Dover and Maddens excellent tutorial which you can find here


Hopefully that all makes sense, please feel free to shout if you have any questions!

Happy Crocheting,

Robin x


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