Last year for Memorial weekend, my sister-in-law Andrea came to visit us. She saw one of the blankets I made to donate to Karmanos Cancer Institute and she loved the bright colors, so she asked if I would be able to make a blanket for her sometime. Around October I was finally able to start working on a blanket for her that I really liked, after starting and rejecting several other ideas.
I decided to use the hexagon pattern I learned from the Leisure Arts book: 99 Granny Squares to Crochet (Pattern #96), but instead of ending each hexagon after 5 rounds (4 main rounds plus a border round), I continued crocheting around making the pattern 14 rounds, then added the border round. Using mostly Caron Simply Soft Brights and an I hook, this made each hexagon roughly 1 foot across at the narrow ends. Colors used: Mango, Blue Mint, Grape, Watermelon, Limelight, Lemonade, Rose Violet.
A black border (suggested by my hubby) helped to really set off the bright colors of the yarns. I had hoped to have it done and delivered by Christmas but I finished just before Christmas Eve and didn’t have time to get it in the mail until after the holidays.
*Write down what hook is being used. It sucks having to frog a finished hexagon and remake it using the correct hook!
*Next time, only go about 10 rounds per hexagon and add a wider border, this should help the hexagons hold their shape better.
*Get better lighting in the house so I can take better pictures…
What have you made recently? What lessons did you learn?