Honeycomb Hexies by Emma Friedlander-Collins
Emma Friedlander-Collins brings us another fabulous angle on the hexagon motif!
At the beginning of the year I set myself the challenge of falling in love with classic crochet; hexies and granny squares being my main target. In January we had the Geo-Hexie, in February it was neon, two-tone grannies, and now this is my March make, and I’m thoroughly in love with it! It still amazes me after writing three books and literally hundreds of patterns for all sorts of people, that I still fall in love with this craft with every single new design. A little bit of simple, colour changing and you can have something bold, graphic and modern, using a basic hexie design than my Great-Gran would have used. Awesome.
For anyone that doesn’t know my background, this design also has a particular significance to me. I’ve had a few jobs before I was lucky enough to become a cro-pro, but the longest was in a Local Government Urban Planning department. I had the very specific title of Public Realm Officer, and was tasked with assessing and recommending improvements to make the urban environment a nicer place to be (stay with me, I know it sounds boring!). Most of that is through good design of public spaces, so I have spent an inordinate amount of time looking at how pretty buildings are.
Good architecture can be a truly wonderful thing, and the strong lines and balanced proportions of a good building or public space very much affect how I think about crochet design. In playing with hexies and squares, all those hours of considering bits of buildings start to subtly influence how to put things together, and this honeycomb design really reflects that. This particular design puts me in mind of those crazy, concrete tiles that were used in the 1970’s at the front of car parks, but I appreciate that’s not a very attractive sounding thing, so let’s stick with calling it a honeycomb!
Here’s how to make it:
You will need:
Basic hexagon pattern:
Ch 4, ss ends to make loop
Round 1: ch3, 2tr in loop, *ch2, 3tr in loop* rpt x 5, as and fasten off (18 st’s)
Round 2: join on in ch sp, ch3 *tr in each st, (tr, ch2, tr) in ch sp,* rpt to end, in last ch sp tr, ch and ss in to start ch (30 sts)
Round 3: Using Yarn B, join on in ch sp, ch3, tr in each st, (tr, ch2, tr) in ch sp, tr in each st, tr and ch2 in ch sp.
Using Yarn C, tr in ch sp, tr in each st, (tr, ch2, tr) in ch sp, tr in each st, tr and ch2 in ch sp. Rpt using Yarn D. Turn over and tie off ends.
Round 4: Rpt round 3
Weave in all ends.
I have a feeling there’s going to be a lot more Brutalist inspired crochet to come ! If you fancy making the full cushion, with half-hexies and all, you can find it in my little LoveCrochet pattern shop!
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