Thursday, 21 August 2014

Hexagon Blanket Finito

The hexagon blanket was started last year and left to one side for a long time. In the spring this year I got it out again and was determined to get it finished. It came on holiday with me in May and a lot of hexagons were crocheted on the long car journeys. Then came the hexagon joining! This continuous flat join is really useful and I'll definitely use it again whenever possible. You can go back and read more details about the start of the hexagon blanket if you want to find out more.

All the hexagons are joined, the ends sewed in and the finished article given a bit of a blocking. The blanket is now well and truly finito. Here are some photos to let you see how it turned out. Don't tell the husband that I stood on the table to take the first picture!


This is it spread out on a double bed.






The very dark hexagons are deep purple, not black.

So let's get the vital statistics. The blanket is made up of:
  • 167 turquoise hexagons
  • 18 turquoise half hexagons
  • 21 flowers made up of 6 petal hexagons and 1 centre hexagon
  • a total of 314 hexagons plus the 18 half hexagons
The hexagons were joined as follows:
  • 9 rows of 18 hexagons with a half hexagon at the top and bottom of the row
  • alternating with 8 rows of 19 hexagons
A border of just two rows was added to even off the edges.

Yarn used is all 100% acrylic DK; mostly Robin; and I used a 4mm hook.

I hope you like my new blanket! I need to get back to crocheting the cotton blanket I started while on holiday in May (when I wasn't doing lots of these hexagons). You can read about the start of the cotton blanket here with some updates here, here and here.

As well as extracting honey this past weekend, the husband and I also did a bit of furniture re-arranging so that I can use a bedroom as my craft room. There's still a lot of stuff to be moved but the main thing was to get the furniture in the right place and then everything else will work round that. I'll probably need to buy some storage baskets or whatever though I'm taking some time to research what will suit me best. Hopefully, some time soon, the room will be ready for a viewing. Until then the door is closed!

Best wishes till my next post.

15 comments:

  1. Gillian this is GORGEOUS! I wish I could actually finish something! Well done x Jane

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  2. It's beautiful, Gillian! I love the way the bright colors stand out against the blue. Well done.

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  3. Hello Gillian!

    Nice to read from you! I was still marvelling over your amazing post about the honey bees, and here you have written already another post! (Wish I could try that honey!)

    That blanket is so pretty, I love the bright colours, I find them extremely cheerful! (I can see you must like colours as much as I do!!) And the size of it!!! Amazing! WELL DONE!!!!

    Yay! You are going to have a proper Craft Room (with Capital letters even!) Fantastic! I have my own Craft corner here which is basically a table with lamp, sewing machine, then underneath there are lots of clear storage boxes from Ikea, and there is a glass door cabinet which also houses smaller items (beads, ribbons, buttons etc). My wool however, is stashed in lots of places, as there is a lot of it! Yes, I'm a bit of a yarnaholic! Funnily enough I tend to do a lot of crafting sitting by the dining table, I regard it as my base. Recently I bought a trolley for all those WIPs. So I keep looking for new kinds of storage. If you can manage to contain it all in one room, then that must be great, to have it all on hand, when you want it. Take your time over it and let it grow organically!

    Have a lovely weekend and find some time to relax! You work so hard!!!
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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    1. Getting suitable storage will be tricky. I don't want to spend too much on it!

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  4. Wow, it is a lot bigger than I thought! In the first picture it seems a lot smaller than you realise when it is spread on the bed. I think that we all do balancing on the furniture to take photos sometimes, that is just part of being a blogger isn't it!!! I hope that you enjoy your new crafting room/space, it is nice to have somewhere to keep everything together isn't it. xx

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    1. I've been using the room for a while but it wasn't really a proper craft room.

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  5. Woohoo, it's fabulous - well done! Have a look at Ikea for craft room storage ideas, they've got some great stuff if there's a store near you. Happy weekend! Xx

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    1. There's an Ikea about 40 miles from us.

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  6. What an absolutely gorgeous blanket! It looks fantastic on the bed, something to be really proud of.
    Marianne x

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  7. Hi Gillian,
    this really is a lovely blanket. I have never crocheted a blanket before but as so many people show their blankets in blogland, I started with a simple one, as well, Hope that I will have the patience to finish it. Have a nice weekend, Viola

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    1. Just keep at it a bit at a time and before you know it, it will be finished.

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  8. Hello gillian

    What an amazing and beautiful blanket, it looks wonderful on your bed. I love the vibrant colour scheme, and such an achievement. A new craft room for you, brilliant.

    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous - I wish I could make stuff as wonderful as this, but I couldn't crochet to save myself! All the best to you there xxx

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  10. Stunning - and very original! I've never seen a blanket quite like that before - thanks for sharing.
    Caz xx

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  11. I love the hexagons! The colours are really striking as well.

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