Crochet Block Party!

hexapopLet’s get the party started! I’m excited to host a new feature on the Interweave blog called Crochet Block Party. Join me and the staff at Interweave as we share free crochet patterns for squares and crochet motifs of various shapes and sizes.

We’ll be interpreting the term “block party” loosely and crocheting motifs with many different sides from 3 to infinity (ok, I exaggerate – motifs will probably be 6 sided or less). But you get the point. We’ll be making squares and other shapes that are easy to crochet on the go, and the patterns will be free.

Learn new stitches and techniques with each crochet block we share on the blog. Crochet them in wool and turn a single block into a trivet. Make several in your fiber of choice and join them together to make blankets.

Put your party hats on and join the fun as we explore color, texture, and shape here on the Crochet Block Party.

Share your blocks on the internet and tag them: #CrochetBlockParty. We’re looking forward to seeing your blocks!

First Up: Head Over Hexi

This crochet motif is used in Vickie Howell’s Head Over Hexi Headboard from Crochetscene 2017. And I love it! More about why I love the headboard later. But first, the hexagon.

I love this crochet hexagon for lots of reasons. My top 3 favorites are:

1.     The light and airy center has beautiful symmetry

2.     It’s quick to work up because it uses chunky yarn.

3.     The limited use of color means there are fewer ends to weave in.

Getting Started

Finished Size 8 1/2” across measured between flat sides.

Yarn Patons Classic Wool Bulky (100% wool; 78 yd [71 m]/3½ oz [100 g]; ): #89008 aran (A), #89201 geyser blue (B), 1 ball each.

Hook Size N/P-15 (10 mm).

Notions Yarn needle.

Gauge 7 dc = 3 1⁄4″ and Rnd 1 = 4 1⁄2″. Motif = 8 1⁄2″ wide (measured bet flat sides) and 10″ tall (measured bet points).

Notes

Motif is worked in joined, unturned rounds. To change colors, always change to new color on last yarn over of last stitch before color change.

Pattern

Foundation rnd: With B, ch 6, sl st in first ch to form ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 6 (counts as tr and ch-2), (tr in ring, ch 2) 11 times, change color to A (see Notes), sl st in 4th ch of beg ch-6 to join—12 tr, 12 ch-2 sps. Fasten off B.

Rnd 2: With A, sl st in next ch-sp, ch 3 (counts as first dc), (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same ch-sp, *3 dc in next ch-sp**, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, sl st in top of beg ch-3 to join—42 dc, 6 ch-2 sps.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in each dc around, working (sc, ch 2, sc) in each ch-sp around, sl st in first sc to join—54 sc, 6 ch-2 sps. Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, working (sc, ch 1, sc) in each ch-sp around, sl st in first sc to join—66 sc, 6 ch-1 sps. Fasten off.


head_over_hexi_headboard

I confess, I do not have a headboard on my bed. And when this project first arrived at the office, I was thrilled! It opened my eyes to the possibility of crocheting one. Why I didn’t think of this before, I don’t know. But it’s on my radar now. Oh yeah, this project is definitely on my to do list.

This pattern is super easy to modify. You can make this for a twin size bed or king. You can add more colors to fit your decor and personality. And you can even use this design to make a blanket instead of a headboard.

Vickie Howell used this hexagon on her pattern for the Hexapop Blanket which appeared in Interweave Crochet Fall 2013 issue. And I loved it then every bit as much as I love it now! I love the colors of the blanket and how different they make the hexagon look!

As you might tell, I’m a tiny bit obsessed with the crochet hexagon right now. Join me in this first crochet block party and make a hexagon or two. What project will you make with the free hexagon crochet pattern?