When you are small, you don’t have any rules for color. Remember sitting at the table with a stack of paper and crayons, dreaming up all sorts of things? The grass could be pink, the sky could be green, the sun could be blue. Inevitably, there was always an adult around who said, “The sun is not that color, the sun is yellow.”
I did not appreciate that. The sun can be any color you want, when you are in charge. Let’s make some color with this hexagon crochet motif. Any color you want.
You’ll need worsted weight yarn (in whatever colors you desire), a 4mm hook, a hairpin lace loom, a large-eye needle, and scissors. You will need patience at the start, as I consider this a bit of an advanced pattern. You will, of course, need to know how to make hairpin lace. This is definitely something you want to learn from watching a video, and there are scads of tutorials on YouTube. Here’s one I like. The finished hexagon motif measures about 7 inches in diameter.
Set your loom forks so they are 3 inches apart and make a strip of lace that has 36 loops on each side. Cut your yarn and finish off the strip while it is still on the loom. Use a needle or your crochet hook (like I did, below) to thread a piece of the same color yarn through all the loops on one side, making sure you don’t skip any.
Slide the strip off of the loom, keeping the threaded yarn in place.
Cinch the yarn you threaded through and tie a tight knot. This closes up the center of the motif. Using the needle (or your hook again), hide the ends of the knot you tied within the loops of the center of the motif.
There will be two yarn ends remaining at each side of the braid (where you started and ended your hairpin lace strip). Tie these together with a square knot and weave the ends into the braid, trying your best to mimic the braid so it looks as seamless as possible. You may want to move the center loops around with your fingers to even them out. Now the center sunburst is done! Switch to a different color to edge the sunburst center.
Time to make the sunburst border. You’ll be working through 3 loops at a time, keeping the twist in the loops. This part is kind of like working broomstick lace!
Round 1: Join your new color through the first 3 loops with a single crochet. Make 2 more sc in same 3 loop group, ch 3. * Make 3 sc in next 3 loop group, ch 3. Repeat from * around. Join with a sl st to first sc. (36 sc, 12 ch 3 spaces)
This is the start of round 1:
And this is the end:
Round 2: Chain 1, sc in same st as joining. Ch 5, sk one sc, sc in next sc. Ch 3, sk one sc, sc in next sc, ch 3. * (Sc in next sc, ch 5, sk one sc, sc in next sc. Ch 3, sk one sc, sc in next sc, ch 3, sk one sc, sc in next sc, ch 3). Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. (6 ch 5 spaces, 18 ch 3 spaces)
Here’s the end of round 2. It’s starting to look like a hexagon, with six chain 5 spaces for the corners and three chain 3 spaces between each corner:
Round 3: Sl st in first ch 5 space, ch 3 (counts as first dc). Make (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same ch 5 space, ch 1. (Make 3 dc in back loop only of next sc, ch 1) twice. *[Make 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch 5 space, ch 1. (3 dc in back loop only of next sc, ch 1) twice]. Repeat from * around. Join to top of beginning ch 3 and finish off. (72 dc, 6 ch 3 spaces, 18 ch 1 spaces)
You can easily join-as-you-go with this hexagon crochet motif. I used the single crochet JAYG, making a ch 1, sc join, ch 1 at the corners – and a regular sc join at each space between the 3 dc groups along the sides.
No finished picture for this blanket yet . . . because I’ve been WIP’ing it for about two years now . . . soon, though, soon.