Tuesday, November 29, 2016

2016 Fiber Flux Holiday CAL - Week 2: The Granny Hexagon


Welcome back for week 2 of the 2016 Fiber Flux Holiday Crochet Along!  Today we'll be learning how to make the motifs for the Merry Little Throw, a classic granny hexagon blanket using the join as you go (JAYGO) technique.

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*This is a self-paced project, so definitely go at the speed you feel most comfortable.  The instructional videos and posts will be up forever and you will always be able to go back and watch again and again!


Because there are those of you who prefer a written pattern and those who prefer a video tutorial, below are both.  Either way, be sure to check out the video for additional information about the number of motifs, plus some helpful tips as you are working on the project.

Here's this week's CAL video:


And the written pattern for the basic granny hexagon (please note you'll only need one full hexagon (4 total rounds) + several circles (first 3 rounds only) because of the JAYGO technique).  

Granny Hexagon Pattern:

Chain 4 and join into a ring with a slip stitch.

Round 1: Chain 4 (counts as a dc), then work (a dc into center of ring, chain 1) 11 times.  Join to close with a slip stitch.

Note: If you want to make round 2 in the same color, simply slip stitch until you reach a ch 1 space and keep going.  If you want to switch colors...cut yarn and join the new yarn at one of the ch 1 spaces and tie securely.

Round 2: Chain 4 and work a dc in the same space.  Chain 1, then work two double crochet in the next (chain 1) space.  Keep doing this all the way around, working 2 dc in each space, then a chain 1.  Join to close with a slip stitch.

Round 3: Chain 4, then work 2 dc in the same space, then chain 1.  In the next space, work three dc, then chain 1.  Keep doing this all the way around the circle...3 dc, then a chain 1 in each space.  Join with a slip stitch to close.

Round 4 (circle becomes hexagon in this round): Chain 4, and in the first space work 2 dc, chain 1, then 3 dc all in the same space.  This creates the first hexagon corner.  In the next space, to work the hexagon side, chain 1, then work 3 dc in next space. Keep going in this manner, working a corner of two "clusters" and a side of 1 cluster (each cluster being separated by a chain 1).  Join with a slip stitch to close.

Note: just be sure there is a ch 1 in between each grouping of 3 dc as you work each round. That is what gives it the pretty spaces in between each cluster and keeps it nice and flat.

*IMPORTANT: Make 1 full hexagon for next week, plus a couple of circles (first 3 rounds only) to get started on the JAYGO construction of the throw.  If you want to make them all, you can make 1 full hexagon (all four rounds), plus 23 circles (first 3 rounds ONLY) for a total of 24.

Here's a sneak peek of how we will be laying the motifs out:


*For even usage of all of the yarn colors, try mixing up the colors a bit.  For example, I made some beginning with green, some beginning with red, some beginning with cream.  Here are the color breakdowns I came up with, but please feel free to come up with you own too!


OK, let's take a quick peek at the schedule...last week we talked a little bit about the blanket and went over supplies needed:


  • Tuesday November 22: Introduction to the CAL, the project, and supplies needed. (link to week 1 HERE)
  • Tuesday November 29 (that's today!): How to make the basic granny hexagon, the chart for motif placement, some helpful tips
  • Tuesday December 6: How to join hexagons with the join as you go technique (JAYGO), helpful tips for using the chart to plan your work
  • Tuesday December 13: Optional edging, optional tassels/pom poms, weaving in ends and other finish work, conclusion of CAL!
Plus...

Tuesday December 20 I will feature our Maker Gallery...so send me your work!  This can be single motifs, work in progress, or finished pieces too!  We want to see it all!

Last part...let's connect!  You can connect at any of the social media outlets below:



Also I have set up a special group for us on Ravelry, the "Fiber Flux CAL Group"  There is a special welcome area, so please hop on and introduce yourself.  You can get info, ask questions, help each other, see what everyone is doing, and show off your work too!


I am so super excited to see all of your beautiful blankets in the next few weeks...please share those pictures and above enjoy, take some time to relax with your hook, and have fun!  That's all for today lovelies, see you next Tuesday for part three of the CAL!!


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