I should have finished this blanket a couple of months ago. I could have. Really, it is all Kara’s fault. Let me explain…
The pattern calls for 39 hexagons. When I was about 80% done, I laid out my completed hexagons to see how the colors were looking. The color balance looked great but all laid out together the blanket looked a little small. Now, I knew I wasn’t making a queen size quilt or anything but I was thinking the afghan would at least be big enough to cover my feet. Knowing my blanket preferences, Kara looked at the laid out hexagons and declared there was no way I would be done at 39 hexes. Her thought was I would need double the number I had. Double!??! I was deflated. I did NOT want to be half-way done when I thought I was almost done. So instead of hunkering down and getting back to work on my hexagons, I took a break. I stopped all work on the blanket–just didn’t want to deal with it.
A month or so later I decided it was time to pick it up again. I finished the initial 39 hexagons pretty quickly and seamed the blanket together, hoping on the off-chance it would be bigger than we imagined. The blanket was in fact bigger but it was definitely still just a lap blanket. Remember, I wanted something that would keep my body AND toes warm. Thanks to my really long legs, the size of this afghan just didn’t cut it. I knew I would need two more rows. 11 more hexagons. This time though, seeing how beautiful the seamed hexagons looked made me super excited for the finished product. So I got to work immediately and finished my longer afghan a week later.
Seriously, how can you not love these hexagons? I loved crocheting them. Choosing the color combos, watching the hexagon grow, completing one hex and then stacking it with other completed hexagons. All very satisfying.
As my first entry into crochet I thought this project was perfect. Easy enough for a beginner like me to complete but cool looking enough that the end result does not feel beginner at all.
And even though I was grouchy about needing to crochet more hexagons, I am super glad I went ahead and did it. Here is what the 39 hexagon afghan would have looked like:
But my 50 hexagon afghan:
Which results in me feeling:
As you may be able to tell, I love it. I think everyone should have a hexagon blanket! And crochet? No way is it trumping knitting but mark my words, this will not be the last time I pick up a hook.
Pattern: Ruby Hexagon Blanket by Nova
Yarn: Cascade 220 in many various colors.
Mods: Added two rows (one of 5 and one of 6) for length.