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