I got tired of crocheting large blankets – they get heavy and are not much fun to tag along. To make my life easier I thought of making granny squares. After looking on the internet for free project with granny squares (yes, I always look up the internet for free projects as I am a GREAT fan of free stuff and there are a ton of great projects and tutorials out there!) I decided to make the African Flower Square/Hexagon (see tutorial here: http://heidibearscreative.blogspot.com/2010/05/african-flower-hexagon-crochet-tutorial.html) afghan. However, I planned on using Red Heart Worsted weight yarn and by the time I finished one flower I found it to be too big for my taste. Instead, I decided to use an afghan from a friend as a sample. This is what I could make out of the pattern – there may be many similar patterns out there and I hope I am not violating any copyright. I would also like to mention that this is my first attempt at writing a pattern so bear with me and if you find any errors please let me know. I will be glad to correct any mistakes I make. Thank you for your patience.
Stitches used: slip stitch, chain, sc, dc, beginning bobble, bobble.
How to make a beginning bobble: Chain 2, yarn over, draw up a loop in the same stitch (3 loops on hook), yarn over pull through two loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.
How to make a bobble: Yarn over draw up a loop on the dc (3 loops on hook), yarn over pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over draw up a loop on the same dc (4 loops on hook), yarn over pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.
Colors that I am using: Redheart Super Saver Aran (A), Watercolor (B) and Light Sage (C). I have two skeins of each color. To ensure that I am using equal amount of each yarn and to create some variation I am switching the yarns around. For example, hexagon 1 uses A, B, C, A; hexagon 2 uses B, C, A, B and hexagon c uses C, A, B, C. You can have any other variation that you like.
Round 1. With A: RS. In a magic loop, chain three (counts as a dc) and make 11 dc. Slip stitch on top of the chain three space. Fasten off. Do not turn. (12 dc).
Round 2. With B: With RS facing, attach yarn with a slip stitch any dc. Make beginning bobble, chain 1. *Make bobble on the next dc, chain 1*. Repeat from * to * 11 more times. Slip stitch on top of beginning bobble. Fasten off. Do not turn. (12 bobble, 12 chain 1 spaces).
Round 3. With C: With RS facing, attach yarn with slip stitch to any chain 1 space. Chain 3, make 2dc in the same chain 1 space, chain 1. *Make 3 dc in the next chain 1 space, chain 1*. Repeat from * to * 11 more times. Slip stitch on top of the chain 3. Fasten off. Do not turn. (36 dc, 12 chain 1 spaces).
Round 4. With A: With RS facing, attach yarn with sc to any chain 1 space. *Chain 3, sc on the next chain 1 space*. Repeat from * to * 10 times. Chain 3, slip stitch on top of the first sc. Do not fasten off. Do not turn. (12 chain 3 spaces).
Round 5. Slip stitch in to the next chain 3 space, Chain 3, make 2 dc in the same chain 1 space. *3 dc, chain 2 (forms corner), 3 dc all in the next chain space, 3 dc in the next chain 3 space*. Repeat from * to * 4 more times. 3 dc, chain 2, 3 dc in the next chain 3 space. Slip stitch on top of the chain 3. Fasten off. (54 dc).
You can make all the hexagons and then sew them together using whip stitch or join as you go with the second hexagon onwards. I will write about the join as you go method later. Its very simple and I followed the instructions from the pattern here http://redheart.com/free-patterns/happy-hexagon-throw.
PS: I will be posting some photographs later.