Easy Peasy Hexagon

HEXAGON

100% Wool skeins

Like most knitters, I so dislike having little bits of leftover yarn, storing it and hoping to do something with it at some time in the future.

Thank you to everyone who sent me details of what they were making with the 100% Wool Skeins. The "Beekeeper's Quilt" on Ravelry was a firm favourite.

So I had a think and decided that I'd like to produce a pattern for a hexagon blanket using the 100% wool skeins.

Most of the skeins are 50g and 167m per skein. The hexagon I've devised uses approximately 4g of yarn, about 14m in total for a hexagon. So it's possible to make a hexagon with a very small amount of yarn.

Sometimes I have tiny amounts of yarn which I use as testers for colours and new dyes, so the hexagon pattern is ideal.

These are the pictures of one of the RMY hexagons being knitteds.

So....

Cast on 79 sts.

I use long tailed method, but I don't think it really matters. Just leave yourself a length of yarn at the end of your cast on, as this will be useful for any sewing up and you won't be hunting round for a similar piece of yarn to do the sewing up. 79 sts sounds like quite a lot of stitches. I played around with various combinations, but this number of stitches seemed to work best for my hexagon.

I've used 3.25mm needles as this size works well for the 100% Wool. But it's not a hard and fast rule. Just stick with the same size for all your hexagons.

And I've used the plain metal needles rather than my usual Brittany birch or Knitpro needles as the plain metal shows off the stitches in the photos.

I am going to assume a certain amount of knowledge, ie. K2tog = knit 2 together and

S1 = Slip 1 stitch onto the next needle. 

But if anybody has any difficulty, just let me know and I'll help out.

Row 1. Purl

This will give your hexagon a lovely stitch edge.

Row 2.

K2tog, K10, * S1, K2tog, PSSO, K10 *

Repeat from * to * until you have 2 sts left

S1, K1, PSSO

You should now have 67 sts on your needle.

Row 3. Purl

You should now be able to see the wavy line of stitches in your work. The "points" will form the points of your hexagon

Row 4.

K2tog, K8 * S1, K2tog, PSSO, K8 *

Repeat from * to * until you have 2 sts left

S1, K1, PSSO

You should now have 55sts on your needle.

Row 5. Purl

Row 6.

K2tog, K6 * S1, K2tog. PSSO, K6 *

Repeat from * to * until you have 2sts left

S1, K1, PSSO

You should now have 43sts on your needle.

Row 7. Purl

Row 8.

K2tog, K4, * S1, K2tog, K4 *

Repeat from * to * until you have 2sts left

S1, K1, PSSO

You should now have 31sts on your needle

Row 8.

K2tog, K4, * S1, K2tog, K4 *

Repeat from * to * until you have 2sts left

S1, K1, PSSO

You should now have 31sts on your needle

Row 9. Purl 

Row 10.

K2tog, K2, * S1, K2tog, PSSO, K2 *

Repeat from * to * until you have 2sts left

S1, K1, PSSO

You should now have 19sts on your needle

Row 11. Purl

And your knitting should now look like this.

All the gradual decreases on the 6 points of the hexagon will form a little skirt on your needle.

Row 12.

K2tog, * S1, K2tog, PSSO *

Repeat from * to * until you have 2sts left

S1, K1, PSSO

You should now have 19sts on your needle

Row 13. Purl

Your knitting should now look like the photo on the left, where the edges of the hexagon can lift up to almost join in the round.

Row 14. K1, S1, K2tog, PSSO, S1, K2tog, PSSO

This should leave you with 3 sts on your needle.

Row 15. Purl all three stitches together.

And the reverse side of your knitting should look like this

You will be left with 1 stitch.

Cut off your yarn leaving a tail of about 14 inches.

Pull up the stitch and put the end of the yarn tail through the loop to fasten off

The tail is your yarn to sew the 2 edges together.

I tend to block or press the hexagon with a steam iron before I sew up the final edges. It helps me achieve a much flatter seam.

And then you have it... easy peasy lemon squeezy....your hexagon with 2 long tails. These tails will be your sewing in tails when you join the next hexagons onto your finished work.

The honeycomb pattern of all the hexagons is great fun to put together. And I tend to use all the same type of yarn for the hexagons.

Have great fun knitting up the hexagons and using up all those little bits of precious leftover yarn. We knitters can be very frugal and this is such a great way to stack up the hexagons, put them to one side and eventually make something with them. I've used the hexagons sewn onto the outside of a jute bag just to give it a bit of a personal look. With a softer yarn, knit hexagons and join them together to make scarves or shawls. Add a bright button to the centre and make a brooch.

Endless possibilities..