I don't have a finished object for you this week. But I do have a knitty work-in-progress: I have been plugging away on the Araucania/Patagonia hexagon blanket.
Pattern: Bobby's Garden Hexagon Blanket
(You can purchase the pattern online, or simply follow the tutorial)
Yarn: The original pattern uses Noro (which gives a fantastic effect). I have used Araucania and Patagonia cotton which has a nice nubby texture and weighty feel to it. Plus I had some left over from another project and was gifted a bunch from my knitty pals (thanks girls :) Oh, and of course I purchased a few skeins.
Needles: Since I'm using a bigger yarn, I'm using bigger needles - US 10.
Modifications: I only cast on 10 stitches for each side -- the hexagons go pretty quickly :)
- When starting each hexagon, you need to figure out how many sides you will be connecting to adjacent hexagons and how many will be free-standing.
- Cast on for the free-standing sides first, and then pick up the required stitches on the edges of the adjacent hexagons.
- I use 3 needles for holding the stitches: 2 sides of the hexagon on each needle. On each needle I seperate the 2 sides of stitches with a stitch marker. On the first needle I use a different stitch marker than on needles 2 and 3 - this helps remind me when I've come the the beginning of another round.
- After casting on I knit in the loose tail end on the second round of stitches (saves weaving it in later).
- Once I get to the end of each hexagon I weave in the end (so that I'm not left with a bunch of ends to weave in once the knitting is done.
Hope you are having a good week
Happy hump day,