Tuesday, July 24, 2007

For the Love of Hexagons



I know there has been an enormous amount of interest lately on crocheting hexagons. Alex at Moonstitches has definitely contributed to this infatuation. Her colour choices have been simply gorgeous. The problem is some of us mere mortals are, at times, crochet challenged. This is an example. The crocheted hexagon is, indeed, proving to be a bit of a challenge. It looks more like a crocheted circle. I won't even show you a picture.


Well today I have come to the rescue for those that cannot produce a crocheted hexagon. May I present:


The Knitted Hexagon



Materials: Worsted weight yarn
Needles compatible to yarn



One Hexagon requires about 12 yards of wool



Cast on 79 stitches.



Row 1. And every odd row, Purl.

Row 2. K2T, K 10, *Slip 1, K2T, PSSO, K10. Repeat *four times. Slip 1, K1, PSSO.

Row 3. Purl

Row 4. K2T, K8, *Slip 1, K2T, PSSO, K8. Repeat *four times. Slip 1, K1, PSSO.

Row 5. Purl

Row 6. K2T, K6, *Slip 1, K2T, PSSO, K6. Repeat *four times. Slip 1, K1, PSSO.

Row 7. Purl

Row 8. K2T, K4, *Slip 1, K2T, PSSO, K4. Repeat *four times. Slip 1, K1, PSSO.

Row 9. Purl

Row 10. K2T, K2, *Slip 1, K2T, PSSO, K2. Repeat *four times. Slip 1, K1, PSSO.

Row 11. Purl

Row 12. K2T, *Slip 1, K2T, PSSO. Repeat *four times. Slip 1, K1, PSSO.

Row 13. Purl

Row 14. Slip 1, K2T, PSSO, Slip 1, K2T, PSSO, K1.



Break wool. Leave a twelve inch tail. Run end through remaining 3 stitches. Draw close and seam two edges together. Leave end for joining next hexagon.

These little cuties really are sweet. If you choose to do more than one colour by all means, do it! Here I have shown you an unblocked green and blue one. Be adventurous! And enjoy!
N.B. Blogger lost this post yesterday. Imagine my utter glee after typing out this pattern to find out it was gone. Then lost internet service til this morning.

31 comments:

see-saw said...

I have always wanted to learn how to make hexagon pieces to make a (small) quilt, I have athritis so these look easy to do. I have printed off your pattern and started to make my first one.
Thank you
Mavis

btchwstix said...

Good Luck, Mavis. If you have any questions please let me know.

Cheers

Lisa

Craftlover said...

oh this is lovely...
Then, I don't need to use dp needles for the hexagon knitting.
it seems faster as well. :)
THanks for sharing :)

Brenna said...

I'd like to try this, but I'm a new knitter and have only knitted scarves and dishcloths. What does PSSO mean, and what does slip a stitch mean?

Knitty, Vintage and Rosy said...

PSSO means "pass slip stitch over".

Slipping the stitch is sticking the needle into the next stitch and putting it on the other needle. You are NOT knitting the stitch just transfering it to the other needle.

Sound okay? If not just email me and we can try and figure it out together ;)

DebbyA. said...

I love the pattern! I tried it and it was really easy to do. The hexagons all come out exactly the same, do not look like circles, and knit up quickly. I am going to make a small multi-colored blanket and use up all of these scraps of yarn I have! This is great, thank you so much!

solomi558 said...

Hi, I,m cottonreel . I like doing many crafts but P ,quilting is my first love . I,ll knit hexis for a break . please take a look at my site

Illinois Lori said...

Hello! I hope you're still taking comments on this post, I know I'm getting here a couple of years after the fact! I'm new to knitting hexis, and have 2 Q's:

(1) In this afghan,
http://btchwstix.blogspot.com/2009/03/hexagon-knitting.html
the multi-colored hexis are joined with a pale blue so they are all outlined in that pale blue. Is that pale outline knitted onto each individual hexi, or is that the ”thread” that is used AFTER she knitted all her multicolored hexis?

Hmmm, let me put it another way: Do I just knit each hexi one single color (I might use 3 different colors overall, but each individual hexi would be just one color). When all the hexis are done, then, I could pick a 4th color to join/stitch them all together, producing the ”outlining” effect of each hexi. Am I right on this, or do I need to add that outline color to each hexi as I knit it?

(2) Your pattern says one hexagon requires about 12 yards of wool…to buy my yarn, I need to know how many yards I’ll need total…nowhere has anyone that I’ve found mentioned how many hexis in an average afghan! I don’t want a bed blanket, just an afghan for a sofa…any ideas how many hexis I’ll be making? I suppose I could knit one up with scrap yarn and see how big it is, then go from there…but I thought maybe you could give me an idea?

Thank you so very much! I used to knit more back in my college days, but that's been 30 years ago. So I'm quite rusty, but am ready to take it up again! I love this afghan, so unique!

Blessings,
IllinoisLori

Illinois Lori said...

Hello! I hope you're still taking comments on this post, I know I'm getting here a couple of years after the fact! I'm new to knitting hexis, and have 2 Q's:

(1) In this afghan,
http://btchwstix.blogspot.com/2009/03/hexagon-knitting.html
the multi-colored hexis are joined with a pale blue so they are all outlined in that pale blue. Is that pale outline knitted onto each individual hexi, or is that the ”thread” that is used AFTER she knitted all her multicolored hexis?

Hmmm, let me put it another way: Do I just knit each hexi one single color (I might use 3 different colors overall, but each individual hexi would be just one color). When all the hexis are done, then, I could pick a 4th color to join/stitch them all together, producing the ”outlining” effect of each hexi. Am I right on this, or do I need to add that outline color to each hexi as I knit it?

(2) Your pattern says one hexagon requires about 12 yards of wool…to buy my yarn, I need to know how many yards I’ll need total…nowhere has anyone that I’ve found mentioned how many hexis in an average afghan! I don’t want a bed blanket, just an afghan for a sofa…any ideas how many hexis I’ll be making? I suppose I could knit one up with scrap yarn and see how big it is, then go from there…but I thought maybe you could give me an idea?

Thank you so very much! I used to knit more back in my college days, but that's been 30 years ago. So I'm quite rusty, but am ready to take it up again! I love this afghan, so unique!

Blessings,
IllinoisLori

11:30 AM

smartygirl said...

i have an afghan along these lines that my mother knit about forty years ago. so happy to have found the pattern!

Yarn Loft said...

Great pattern. Amazed that you used straight needles instead of dpns. Will definitely try this with self stripping yarns eg Noro (http://www.yarnloft.co.uk)

Viagra said...

You are very talented as these are gorgeous!

Emma Brampton said...

Thank you so much for this pattern, it's fabulous. I especially love the fact you've included the length of yarn each takes, so it's easy to work out if your scrap end is long enough!

Elliott Broidy said...

These are lovely!

Anonymous said...

I have been looking everywhere for a hexagon pattern knit on straight needles. Thank you so much! I will give this a try. After only having made hats, cowls, and neckwarmers, I think I'm going to make the jump to an afghan.

Many thanks :-)
Alex

Anonymous said...

I used to make hexagon baby blankets by wrapping material around the template, tacking it to the template, hand sewing all blocks together and removing the templates.
I'm now going to knit a baby hexagon patchwork blanket for my sister. Thank you for the pattern
Melinda

Clare S said...

This is such a pretty pattern - particularly the way you join the hexagons together in pale blue. What stitch is this please?

Anonymous said...

I knitted a bag with hexagons but each one needed 6 needles in the last few rounds. It was a labour of love but one I am reluctant to repeat.
This pattern is one I may try in the future, thanks!

Anonymous said...

Loving knitting your hexagons which I'm making into a blanket. I'm new to this and wondered how you square up the edges, can you help? Thank yoi

Kay Zehring said...

Love the pattern. but can not get it to come out right if you cast on 76 the first row makes sense & comes out correct I still end up with more than 3 stitches @ the end Help in Indiana

Seth Farrier said...

You need to do 79. Row 2 should have 67 stiches; row 4, 55; 6, 43; 8, 31; 10, 19; 12, 7.

Seth Farrier said...

My edges keep curling up much to my chagrine so I knitted that first row instead of purling it and it works a little nicer.

Anthony Sweet said...

@Kay Zehring, Good one.

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