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Published on December 22nd, 2016 | by Emma Friedlander-Collins

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Geo-hexie crochet pattern by Emma Friedlander-Collins

While writing my last book (‘35 Crochet Bag’ by Emma Friedlander-Collins), I really wanted to make a bold, geometric design, and set to hunting down tutorials online.  All I could find were patterns where you make 3 separate pieces, sew them all together to make a 3D effect cube, and then sew ALL those together to make your finished fabric.

As an epically lazy maker, this did not appeal at all.  So I wondered if there were a way to use colour changing, tapestry style techniques within a granny square.

The results were pleasing, but not exactly what I had in mind.

Then lo and behold, while browsing Instagram, a very clever young lady by the name of Loes (aka @Pomenco) had posted a pic of the very same experiment, but using a hexie block instead. I got in touch and she very kindly shared her pattern with me.  Then, after a bit of fiddling and working out how to get around having to weave in all those bothersome ends, the final hexie was finished.  The pattern was written, the book published, but the hexie fixation had only just begun!

Since then I’ve been very happily working my way through my stash, building a row of blocks when I get a break from my work crochet.

I’ve found that I’ve been using Cascade Pacific for the coloured sections (as they have such a beautiful range), and then an economy DK for the greys, and even then it’s a complete mis-match of StyleCraft, Robin and Paintbox. But it’s the Cascade colours that really make it.

A few weeks ago, a friend was visiting from Berlin and on seeing the WIP of the gorgeous hexie blanket, he sneakily tried to pinch it to whizz it back to his chic, city apartment.  So as a Christmas present, I have made him his very own version, but as a cushion cover, in a really beautiful, ombre collection of blues that remind me of the winter sky, and I thought I’d share the hexie pattern with you (just in case you have  a friend who wants one for their chic, city apartment).

Starting your hexie-adventure:

Cascade Pacific in Yarn A – Peacock, Blue Mist, Aquamarine, Baby Turqoise, Yarn B – Jet Heather and Yarn C – silver

Using yarn A and a 5mm hook, ch3, ss ends to make loop.

Round 1: Using Yarn A, ch 3, tr into loop, ch2, 2tr into loop ch2, Yarn B, *2tr into loop, ch2, 2 tr* rpt in yarn C, ss to finish

Round 2: Join on in ch sp using  matching colour yarn, then work a tr in each st, (tr, ch2, tr) in each ch sp.

Round 3: Join on in ch sp using matching colour yarn, then work a tr in each st, (tr, ch2, tr) in each ch sp.

Round 4: Join on in ch sp using  matching colour yarn, then work a tr in each st, (tr, ch2, tr) in each ch sp.

To avoid weaving in all those ends: when you join on a row, draw up your start loop, and then wrap both the working yarn AND the tail around your hook and use them both to make your start chain.

When working a round, hold the tails of the previous round just behind the row of stitches you’re working into, and work your stitch over the top of them, incorporating them into your stitches.

When you turn over to the back of your work, you’ll see that they’ve been worked in, and you can just trim the ends off.

Once you manage to master this core techniques then feel free to play around with colours to explore colourways and experiment with designs to your heart’s content…

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About the Author

Emma Friedlander-Collins started designing and selling crochet patterns in 2011. With her unique approach and unusual designs, she has established herself as an innovative crochet designer and online success. Emma's also the co-founder and partner in crime at #crochetgirlgang - a space for crochet girls the world over to share their makes, find some support and generally get crochet happy.




13 Responses to Geo-hexie crochet pattern by Emma Friedlander-Collins

  1. Brenda says:

    I love this pattern and want to try it out. You mention the type and colors of your yarns, but not quantities. How much yarn is needed? Thank you!!

  2. Jeri Bianca says:

    I love your work Emma. I have even had quite the inspiration from a couple of pieces. Ever since I saw your geometric design, it has been on my list of things to experiment with. Thank you so much for the pattern, you are a love!

  3. Charlotte says:

    Love the pattern. It so beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I know just the person to make it for.

  4. Kathy says:

    Can you please help me understand how you go from joining in the chain space (middle 0f 4 tr stitches) to tr in each stitch (requires moving ‘backward’ in the row). I absolutely can’t figure out what I am missing even though I am a fairly experienced crocheter. Thanks.

    • sian says:

      Hello Kathy,

      So sorry to hear you are having some trouble, which row of instructions are you referring to? I’ll do my best to help!

      • Kathy says:

        I researched instructions for a conventional hexagon and then used your instructions as a guideline. I think I am set. First had to realize you are British so that your trebles are my doubles :). I don’t see anywhere that you need to start each new row with a chain 3, but this is what I ended up doing.

  5. Sorel says:

    Any you tube video of you making a geo-hexi?
    Not very experienced in crochet still quite basoc but dying to make ones of these as a blanket for baby coming in March
    Thank you
    😆

  6. Luisa says:

    Hi love the Geo!! I too am also interested in whether you have a video for this project. I am somewhat of a beginner who does extremely well with videos. Thank you

  7. Elyse B. says:

    Thanks Kathy, want to try this too! But never would have guessed about the different between the english and british. Was the tr a double for us the only thing we need to change?

  8. Adrienne says:

    This looks beautiful. Would love to try it. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Margaret says:

    What an eye-catcher! Caught my attention in my email and I couldn’t rest until I checked it out … It is really beautiful! Thank You very much.

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