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Monday
Apr122010

heirloom hexagon blanket

Who: Carole Seagal (a very special granny, talented interior decorator and creative talent I admire)

What: Commissioned a friend, Arlene, to crochet an heirloom blanket (approx 150x220cm big; almost 300 hexagons!) using 20 different colored/textured yarns (mainly 100% sheep wool) for every one of her grandchildren (including one for herself)

Why: She adores her grandchildren and wants them to experience her love and care in a tangible way

Heirloom hexagon pattern

For best results, use the equivalent of 4-ply yarn and a 3.50mm (US size E ) hook.

5 different colours (A,B,C,D and E) are used for each motif

Special abbreviation: Sdc (Spike double crochet) = insert hook lower than usual (as indicated), yo, draw loop through and up to height of current row, yo, draw through both loops on hook.

Base ring: Using A, 3ch

First round: 11 tr into 3rd ch from hook, sl st to top of 3 ch. Cast off

Second round: Using B, join between first and second tr, 3ch (count as 1tr), work 3tr into same place, *skip 2 tr, 4tr in next sp between tr’s* repeat 5 times, sl st to top of 3ch. Cast off.  (You should have 6 x 4tr-groups)

Third round: Using C, join between second and third tr of first 4tr-group, 3ch (count as 1tr), 7tr into same place, *8tr into middle of next 4tr-group* repeat 5 times, sl st to top of 3ch. Cast off. (You should have 6 x 8tr-groups)

Fourth round: Using D, join into back loop only of fifth tr of round 3, 1ch, 1 dc into same place, *dc into back loop of next 3 tr, 1 sdc inserting hook into space that separates the 2 4tr-groups of round 2 directly below, miss first tr of next 8tr-group, dc into back loop of next 3 tr, 2dc into back loop of next tr* repeat 5 times missing last 2dc, sl st to first dc. Cast off.

Fifth round: Using E, join into back loop of any dc of 4th round, 1ch, dc into same place, dc in back loop of next 53 dc, sl st to first dc. Cast off.

Note to Carole: You've just made me realize again what an amazing person you are. I learn from you every time, especially your belief in quality of life. One's experience of 'home' is so much more meaningful when you're surrounded by carefully chosen, meaningful and often humble items. Thank you! C

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Reader Comments (8)

I agree, C. Such an inspiring and beautiful gesture! I am so thankful for talented, giving, and caring people. I am eager to try my hand at one of these blankets. Beautiful post!

April 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKrishana

Thank you, K. The nice thing about this blanket (if you're seriously considering doing one) is that you can mix all your left-over yarns (cotton, acrylic, mohair, courtelle ...) with a few nice new 100% wool yarns. It seems to me that the more colours and textures you use, the merrier (prettier) the blanklet! Sonja picked up at our Craft Share on Friday, that Carole's blanket has mainly colours with blue or 'cool' undertones (tip). C x

April 13, 2010 | Registered CommenterCornel

I can only imagine the hours and dedication involved in such amazing work...

April 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternath

This is the most beautiful heirloom blanket I have seen. Good work!

October 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGeorgia Marie

This is so beautiful, could you please let me know if the crochet abbreviations used in the pattern are UK or US? Thank you.

December 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdougal

Hi Dougal, the abbreviations are UK. This is still one of my favourite blankets. Let me know if you try it. The motif is also called the "African flower". Thanks for your comment. Cornel

January 9, 2012 | Registered CommenterCornel

This is so beautiful! I was just wondering if the different rates of shrinkage for the wools and cottons are a problem in the finished blanket.

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Minnes

Hi Betty, It doesn't seem to be a problem, as long as you use the different qualities of yarn IN EVERY motif. C x

April 20, 2012 | Registered CommenterCornel

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