Friday, February 16, 2018

Crochet Hexagon Update


Have you been watching any of the Olympics? I've been working on my Crochet Hexagon Afghan most nights while watching. The afghan is coming along. 

I am attaching the hexagons together with whip stitch using a blunt point tapestry needle. It is not a fancy technique and I prefer it to crocheting them together. I like to do hand sewing and it is quite relaxing to piece the hexies together. I wasn't sure how it was going to look. The edges of each hexagon are different colors. I am choosing one of the colors and sewing it to the next. I was a bit worried that it wouldn't be up to snuff but with all the colors, the different colored sewing yarn isn't really noticeable from far away. The overall feel of the afghan is crazy colorful and fun. 

It feels good to not be looking for perfection in a project. I am not going to enter this afghan in any fair or contest. I am defintely not what you would call an expert crocheter - I just get by. My family - who will be fighting over this blanket - could care less if the sewing threads don't match. So I am just going with it and enjoying the process. It feels nice to just let go and see where it takes me.


The other day, I posted a video on IG of me steaming my hexagons using a steamer. Here is the link. I have had this Jiffy Steamer for over 20 years ago. It is still going strong. I think it cost $115 back then. I have gotten my money out of it many times over. You can buy one now on Amazon - here is the link. It is a real miracle worker. I remember using a similar steamer at CEY to stretch sweaters out in size by almost 8-10" when they came in too small from our sample knitters (those were the days of oversized sweaters). You really do need one if you do a lot of knitting or crochet. It makes any piece look more professional and finished.

As you can see in the video, before steaming the hexagons were curled up and quite uneven. After steaming - they are nice and flat and easy to sew together. 

11 comments:

Auntie Shan said...

Looks FAB!! :-D

yeah, been watching the Games after midnight most of the time. Especially the Women's ones... Crazy kids going down GINORMOUS snowbanks! Was watching the skiing last night... Seriously dumbfounded by the "times"... Honestly, how nerve-wracking is it when the DIFFERENCE between FIRST and SIXTH place is LESS than *HALF* A SECOND, *after* sliding a kilometer down a mountain and getting smucked by winds gusts!??

Meanwhile, my front yard snowbank is looking like the perfect Squirrel Olympics venue!
;->

Lady Locust said...

That is looking fantastic! It looks happy 😊

Kristin Nicholas said...

Can you imagine losing by a tenth of a second? Crazy.
I dont think the squirrels care about points. They will just have fun chasing. Something to think about.

Maria Hanson said...

I love it!!!!! It's looking so cheerful!

d said...

Beautiful crochet - thanks for the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

It is beautiful! Love the colours.

Josephine's Girl said...

Steamers are wonderful, but I never thought of blocking with mine. Thanks for the tip and video. Your hexi blanket is looking beautiful.

Sally said...

LOVE!!!

Bonnie said...

I love this blanket! It looks great.

gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

I am such a sucker for granny square projects--this one is s fabulous! I have a steamer but never think of using them on squares--what an excellent tip (says the woman with an almost full basket of squares that need to be attached ot each other).

Kristin Nicholas said...

I have to force myself to see them together Gale. Otherwise the pile would grow and grow.