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…