Sunburst Hexagon Crochet Motif

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.

Sunburst Hexagon Crochet Motif

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.

Sunburst Hexagon Crochet Motif

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.

Sunburst Hexagon Crochet Motif

Slide the strip off of the loom, keeping the threaded yarn in place.

Sunburst Hexagon Crochet Motif

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.

Sunburst Hexagon Crochet 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.

Working the Border

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:

Sunburst Hexagon Crochet Motif

And this is the end:

Sunburst Hexagon Crochet Motif

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:

Sunburst Hexagon Crochet Motif

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)

Sunburst Hexagon Crochet Motif

Joining Motifs

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.

Sunburst Hexagon Crochet Motif

No finished picture for this blanket yet . . . because I’ve been WIP’ing it for about two years now . . . soon, though, soon.

12 thoughts on “Sunburst Hexagon Crochet Motif

  1. love this one! I ran across a pattern for hexagon slipper boots. I bet this would look really cool.

  2. Thank you..you just gave me a better idea! A friend is using ‘Very Hungry Caterpillar’ as her nursery theme, and her sister asked for a blanket. These will be in two colors, but not quite like this, heh. I’m going to make a simple blanket, and make the caterpillar out of the rounds, and attach the whole thing to the blanket. This will be a bit easier to shape to the picture I have in my mind. Now I just need to get the loom, heh. I can do a slightly different edge and ooh…the brain is cooking now!

    And your blanket is lovely!

  3. WOW! This is gorgeous! I’ve been seeing hairpin lace tutorials popping up but it never appealed to me as I couldn’t think of how it could be used. Now I have to learn it to make this gorgeous motif. Thank you for doing this tutorial showing how. Hmmm I need to get a loom too, lol..

    1. Aw, man! Thanks! You should look for some hairpin lace shawls and wraps on Ravelry. I’ve seen tons of cute projects! Maybe I’ll have to do a little round-up soon . . .

  4. Just saw this posted on my Facebook page so had to join your blog. I know both hairpin and broomstick lace stitches but has been quite awhile since I have used them. This is so darn cute…thanks so much for sharing your pattern.

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