Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Hexagon African Flower Blanket

 My lovely Hexagon African Flower Blanket with pattern

It's been a while ago I have finished this blanket, only today I have a chance to make pictures and love to share this beautifull granny's hexagon African Flower with you.
There are a lot of granny hexagon patterns out there that you can pick in some point before decided which granny motif I woul like to try for my 5th crochet blanket about a year ago.
It has been since last summer I have finished this beautifull blanket and use this to warm myself in cold windy autumn, last year.
Just sitting on my backyard and reading my "A week in the winter" by Maeve Bynchi.
I choose cotton wool as my basic material, "Cotton Time" very souple yarn but not warm enough to warm you up in the winter as this patter create some holes that allow the wind cold you away from the windy autumn.
So, I decided to make another one using a Merino Yarn that will keep you warm.

The pattern is originally from an Afrikaans South African magazine, called Sarie. Link to the original pattern in Afrikaans which surely written in Dutch-South Africa.
I am glad to cheers your eyes with this beautifull blanket that would make you wanted to try making it by your own.

I can say this pattern is not really for beginners but a lot of crochetter said this is easy. It might have thought if you are making a tons of those hexagon it will come out with a piece of cake. If you eager enough to learn, you will master it after you make ten of those hexagons.
I will be happy to help you, if you struggle in the beginning, mail me I will surely guide you. 
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African Flower Hexagon granny's

120 hexagon to made to create this 135 x 160 blanket

You will need 120 hexagon to create a finished size of blanket 135 cm (W) x 160 cm (L) the border itself will add another 5 cm every side.
Materials I use is:
- A mix of Cotton Time and Bravo, both are from smc Schachenmayr by Coats Germany.
- Sizes E/3.5 mm crochet hooks or size to obtain gauge.
- Tapestry needle

Sorry that I don't remember anymore how manyskein I need as I always collect hundreds of this yarn on my attics.

For the border I combine 3 beautiful borders, on the first border I use the pattern written by Patricia Kristoffersen (Amercian School of Needlework) with her book "Beautiful borders baby blanket" a braid of 4 differen pastel colors.
The second and third borders I have created my own design which I will try to share with you on my next post since I haven't put it on written.
Sewing all the hexagons and close with sc around 2 rounds with a corner made.
3 layers of beautifull borders apply to this lovely colorful blanket
Here is the basic pattern where you easily follow:
With big thanks to nadelspiel.com whom upload a video tutorial for this lovely african hexagon. It will obviously help you if you struggle with above pattern:

English version tutorial


Ready enough for a challenge, try it and have fun!

Good luck

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