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Friday, August 3, 2012

Flower Child Hex Afghan


Flower Child Hex Afghan
by Berta Gilholm

Intro: Great way to use leftover yarn. Back in the 70’s (Yea, I'm young at heart), I was in a doctor’s office reading a magazine and came across an afghan I fell in love with. I wrote down the shape, size and colors on a piece of paper. I didn’t know the pattern and couldn’t remember the book, because the doctor called me in. I threw the paper in my purse and forgot about it. Two weeks later I found the paper and started a basic hexagon design and crocheted a flower into/on top. This is the afghan I came up with and I think the hexagon design looks similar to the one in the book, my hexagons are larger and I added a Zig-zag border. I don’t have any of my old 70’s books, but, I wanted to pass it on. If this rings any bells out there, please let me know.
Size: Afghan - Approximately 45” wide x 80” long, Hexagon – Approximately 7” wide
My Materials: #4 WW Classic Yarn, Leftovers (suggest Red Heart Super Saver in your choice of colors)
(A) Variegated Brown/Beige (for flowers/about 8 oz.), (B) Black “about 36 oz.”,
Approximately 2 oz. of the following:
(C) Variegated  Maroon/Pink , , (D) Dark Green, (E) Light Green, (F) Beige, (G) Gold, (H) Red.
Crochet Hook size US H/8, 5mm
Yarn Needle
Abbreviations: Ch = chain, Sc = single crochet, Hdc = half double crochet, Dc = double crochet, St = stitch, Jwslst = join with slip stitch, Rnd = round, FO = fasten off.
Notes: Crochet loose ends into your work as work progresses. Use any colors you want; a medium to light colored flower is good and the darkest color around the hex flower. You don’t have to use variegated colors, use 3 light colors and 3 dark colors for stripes on outside. Lay your colors side-by-side on your bed and switch them around until you like the design.
Instructions: Hexagon/ Make 49 working in rounds. These will be joined together later.
With (F) or lightest color, Ch 6, jwslst in first st of rnd, (ring made), ch 1
Rnd 1: 2 Sc in each sc around on ring, jwslst in first st of rnd,  (12 sc) FO (F) and join (A),
Rnd 2: (flower part) Ch 1, sc in same st, *ch 7, sc in second ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc in each of next 2 ch, hdc in next ch, sc in last ch, sc in next sc on ring (1 petal made), Repeat from * 10 times, make 1 more petal skipping last sc in next and slst in next sc instead, so you have 12 petals in ring, FO (A) and join (B) between 2 petals,
Rnd 3: Working behind petals, Ch 5 (counts as dc + 2 ch), pulling petals towards you work *dc in next sc between petals, ch 2, Repeat *all the way around, jwslst to third ch of ch 5, (12 spaces behind petals) Do not FO (B)
Rnd 4: Work behind petals, pull petals towards you, Ch 3, *3 dc in next ch 2 space, dc in next dc, Repeat from * around end with 3 dc in last ch 2 space, jwslst to top of ch 3, (48 dc)
Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next dc, *insert hook in top of next petal and next dc and complete a sc through both the top of petal and the dc attaching the petal to back hexagon work, sc in next 3 dc, Repeat from *around, end with sc in last dc after last petal is attached, jwslst to first sc (48 sc)
Rnd 6: Ch 3, 2 dc in same st as ch 3 (corner), *sc in each of next 7 sc, 3 dc in next sc (corner),  Repeat from * ending with sc in next 7 sc, jwslst to top of ch 3, (6 corners) FO (B)
Note: For the single color stripe on outside of each hexagon on round 7, use the following colors for the number of hexagons required.
Individual Hex Stripe Colors:
Make 9 hexagons with (C) Pink, on round 7,
Make 10 hexagons with (D) Dk. Green, on round 7,
Make 8  hexagons with (E) Lt. Green, on round 7,
Make 8 hexagons with (G) Gold, on round 7,
Make 14 hexagons with (H) Red, on round 7,
Rnd 7: Join required color as in note above in center corner st,  ch 1, *3 sc in dc in center of corner, sc in each dc and sc to next corner, Repeat from * 5 more times, jwslst to first sc, FO color and go to round 8.
Rnd 8: Join (B) in center sc of corner, *3 sc in corner sc, sc in next 11 sc, Repeat from * 5 more times, jwslst to first sc, FO (B) Weave in ends.
Finishing Up:
Joining chart: Thread yarn needle with (B) for joining all hexagons and follow chart
Sew hexagons together in rows and then rows together, with right sides together, using a whip st through back loops of edges with (B) 
Layout: 5 rows as follows:
Row 1 & 5 is 9 hex each
Row 2 & 4 is 10 hex each
Row 3 is 11 hex

Border Pattern:
Rnd 1: Join (A) on the front side of work at the top corner green Hex in the right corner tip, Ch 3, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 13 sc, *(3 dc in corner sc, dc in next 12 sc, skip next sc, dc in next 12 sc),  Repeat *( ) one more time, 3 dc in corner sc, dc in next 13 sc, Repeat *( )  2 times, 3 dc in corner sc, dc in next 13 sc, Repeat from * ( ) 8 times, 3 dc in corner sc, dc in next 13 sc, Repeat * ( )  2 times, 3 dc in corner sc, dc in next 13 sc, Repeat * ( )  2 times, 3 dc in corner sc, dc in next 13 sc, Repeat * ( ) 8 times, jwslst in top of beginning ch 3,
FO (A) Join B in next dc,
Rnd 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 15 dc, *(3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 14 dc, skip next dc, dc in next 14 dc),  Repeat * ( ) one more time, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 15 dc, Repeat * ( )  2 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 15 dc, Repeat  * ( ) 8 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 15 dc, Repeat * ( )  2 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 15 dc, Repeat * ( )  2 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 15 dc, Repeat from * ( ) 8 times, jwslst in top of beginning ch 3, FO (B) Join (C) in next dc,
Rnd 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 17 dc, *(3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 16 dc, skip next dc, dc in next 16 dc),  Repeat * ( ) one more time, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 17 dc, Repeat * ( )  2 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 17 dc, Repeat  * ( ) 8 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 17 dc, Repeat * ( )  2 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 17 dc, Repeat * ( )  2 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 17 dc, Repeat from * ( ) 8 times, jwslst in top of beginning ch 3, FO (C) Join (D) in next dc,
Rnd 4: Ch 3, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 19 dc, *(3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 18 dc, skip next dc, dc in next 18 dc),  Repeat * ( ) one more time, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 19 dc, Repeat * ( )  2 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 19 dc, Repeat  * ( ) 8 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 19 dc, Repeat * ( )  2 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 19 dc, Repeat * ( )  2 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 19 dc, Repeat from * ( ) 8 times, jwslst in top of beginning ch 3, FO (D) Join (F) in next dc,
Rnd 5: Ch 3, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 21 dc, *(3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 20 dc, skip next dc, dc in next 20 dc),  Repeat * ( ) one more time, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 21 dc, Repeat * ( )  2 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 21 dc, Repeat  * ( ) 8 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 21 dc, Repeat * ( )  2 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 21 dc, Repeat * ( )  2 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 21 dc, Repeat from * ( ) 8 times, jwslst in top of beginning ch 3, FO (F) Join (H) in next dc,
Rnd 6: Ch 3, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 23 dc, *(3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 22 dc, skip next dc, dc in next 22 dc),  Repeat * ( ) one more time, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 23 dc, Repeat * ( )  2 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 23 dc, Repeat  * ( ) 8 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 23 dc, Repeat * ( )  2 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 23 dc, Repeat * ( )  2 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 23 dc, Repeat from * ( ) 8 times, jwslst in top of beginning ch 3, FO (H) Join (E) in next dc,
Rnd 7: Ch 3, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 25 dc, *(3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 24 dc, skip next dc, dc in next 24 dc),  Repeat * ( ) one more time, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 25 dc, Repeat * ( )  2 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 25 dc, Repeat  * ( ) 8 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 25 dc, Repeat * ( )  2 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 25 dc, Repeat * ( )  2 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 25 dc, Repeat from * ( ) 8 times, jwslst in top of beginning ch 3, FO (E) Join (G) in next dc,
Rnd 8: Ch 3, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 27 dc, *(3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 26 dc, skip next dc, dc in next 26 dc),  Repeat * ( ) one more time, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 27 dc, Repeat * ( )  2 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 27 dc, Repeat  * ( ) 8 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 27 dc, Repeat * ( )  2 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 27 dc, Repeat * ( )  2 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 27 dc, Repeat from * ( ) 8 times, jwslst in top of beginning ch 3, FO (G) Join (B) in next dc,
Rnd 9: Ch 3, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 29 dc, *(3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 28 dc, skip next dc, dc in next 28 dc),  Repeat * ( ) one more time, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 29 dc, Repeat * ( )  2 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 29 dc, Repeat  * ( ) 8 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 29 dc, Repeat * ( )  2 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 29 dc, Repeat * ( )  2 times, 3 dc in corner dc, dc in next 29 dc, Repeat from * ( ) 8 times, jwslst in top of beginning ch 3, Do Not FO
Rnd 10: Ch1, Sc in each dc all the way around Afghan, jwslst, FO, weave in ends.

2 comments:

  1. I really like your hexagon afghan. Thank you for sharing the pattern for it. I'm going to make it in a variety of colors (17 or 18 or so) using Patons Classic Wool DK Superwash.

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    1. You sound like a very colorful person and I would love to see the results of the afghan when it is finished. The wool is very soft and will make a great afghan. My yarns were things like Love Knit and Sayelle (that's dating myself), they weren't soft as some of today's yarns, but functional. Have fun and you're very welcome, Birdie

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