I have chosen Noro Kureyon wool for the blanket. Noro yarn is just so beautiful, it begs to be knitted. I really love the changing colours, creating interesting blocks even if the pattern is just stockinette.
Anyway, here it goes: the hexagons are knitted in the round, which suits me perfectly because I don't like to purl. The hexagons are added sequentially by picking up stitches from the adjacent hexagons. Simple and clever, no seams to worry about. These are my first two hexagons:
I blocked the first two hexagons in a "proper" way to see how it would look but then did my usual rushed blocking with my trusted steam iron.
The pattern suggested to work in circles, which I did for the first round. However, I couldn't see the advantage of continuing to add hexagons in concentric circles and continued to add them in rows instead. It seems so much more logical. At some point, the circle would need to be converted into a rectangle anyway. This is how the first circle looked like:
And this is how I left the blanket for months, before picking up the needles again sometimes in 2012:
I had lots of Noro Kureyon leftovers from a previous blanket project (see my "Omama" blanket on Ravelry), my first ever crochet project. I also picket up balls here and there, on Ebay and in the sales. The colours are a bit random but I like it that way. The weather is as usual appalling and the street lights were still on at 9 am... I dashed out to take a quick photo in the little daylight we have at the moment (during a three minute dry spell). Not a great picture but a picture nonetheless.
And here another picture with the blanket neatly folded up. The worst bits to knits were the partial hexagons to make a straight line.
I have been thinking about a suitable border for a long time. The pattern actually suggests a knitted border, knitted in four parts, one for each side. Considering that the pattern is for a queen sized blanket, this is a quite an undertaking with hundreds of stitches on a needle. An undertaking I wasn't prepared to even consider. In the end, I chose a simple border of one round of single crochet, using up some New Lanark Aran yarn I already had.
Have a lovely Monday! Cx