A few people have asked me about a pattern for the hexagons in my Green Hexie Blanket, so I thought I'd write it up. I modified some hexagon patterns I found around the internet.
When making these hexagons I wanted to achieve two things:
- remove the gap that's created by having a chain in each corner
- make the chain that starts each round less obvious
The first thing I do to achieve this is chain 2 instead of chain 3, which is usually the standard when crocheting in double crochet (US stitches). Importantly, the second thing I do to hide the chains is the next stitch (dc) after the chain is not worked into the stitch which follows the chain, but the stitch behind the chain. In a sense it is kind of worked around the chains. To do this, yarn over, insert hook into stitch behind chain, yarn over, draw up the loop through the stitch, yarn over, pull through two loops on hook, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
You will end up with six straight sections, getting longer on each round, separated by two increases for the corners.
Chain 2 counts as stitch in each round. Pattern uses US double crochet, which is equivalent to UK treble crochet.
R1: in magic circle, ch2, 11dc in magic circle. Sl st into top of first dc (not chain) (12dc)
R2: ch2, dc into stitch behind chain. 2dc into each of remaining 11sts. (24dc)
The arrow in the first image indicates the stitch to insert your hook into.
R3: ch2, dc into stitch behind chain. *1dc into next 2sts. 2dc into next 2 sts* repeats another four times. dc in next 2sts. 2dc in final st. sl st in top of first dc. (36dc)
In the third image I have drawn part of a chart so that you can see how the repeat of the pattern works. The white stitches are increases, separated by the black stitches which are not increases. The number of black stitches between each set of increases is increased by 2 each round (ie. 2, 4, 6, 8 - you can continue in this pattern to make larger hexagons).
R4: ch2, dc into stitch behind chain. *1dc into next 4sts. 2dc into next 2 sts* repeats another four times. dc in next 4sts. 2dc in final st. sl st in top of first dc. (48dc)
R5: ch2, dc into stitch behind chain. *1dc into next 6sts. 2dc into next 2 sts* repeats another four times. dc in next 6sts. 2dc in final st. sl st in top of first dc. (60dc)
R6: ch2, dc into stitch behind chain. *1dc into next 8sts. 2dc into next 2 sts* repeats another four times. dc in next 8sts. 2dc in final st. sl st in top of first dc. (72dc)
To join the hexagons you can sew each of them together either as you go or once they are all made, or you could use a join as you go technique while you are crocheting the sixth round. I particularly like the Cypress Textiles PLT Join As You Go.
Here's a little video I made showing how I join my hexagons using the PLT join as you go.
To close off the hexagon, cut your yarn before completing the final slip stitch. Thread it onto a yarn needle and insert it through the stitch that you would have slip stitched into, and then back down through the previous stitch to make it look like a regular stitch.
I hope that is helpful for those who are interested! Tag me on instagram (@earlgreycrochet) or send me a photo if you give it a go. Feel free to comment here if you have any questions!