Leftover Yarn and Tiny Crochet Hexagons

When I emptied my drawer of Stylecraft yarn the other day, I found that I had a kind of dense, spaghetti like layer of yarn at the bottom. Stylecraft balls of yarn tend to go a bit loose and floppy as you get about 3/4 of the way through them and they do turn into spaghetti when you shove them into a drawer!

After untangling the yarn-spaghetti mess, I wound them into little balls (just by hand, I don’t have a winder) and thought I would have another try at this pattern that I have had in my head for a while. I came up with it about a year ago but I couldn’t make it work (colour wise) the way I wanted to. I wanted to make a polka dot blanket and thought that hexagons would provide the best vehicle for that because they are staggered. I had planned to do the centres all in white and then the outers all in red and make a dotty baby blanket. Or the centres all in bright colours and the outers in white or cream. That kind of thing.

Try as I might though, it just didn’t look right, despite the pattern being really nice and simple. I think it was changing the colour after such a tight first round, it didn’t look neat and it left a bit of a hole. I’m sure someone more proficient than me wouldn’t have a problem but I just couldn’t get it right.

That and I made a pale pink and white one and my friend said it looked like a nipple. >:-(

They’re really very simple to make and I don’t think you’ll need a big photo-heavy post in order to make them. If you’re not already familiar with working in the round, making UK TR stitches and the basic concept of granny squares you may want to have a look at some of my other tutorials for the pictures and explanations of that.  (Elmer Squares for example)

To make tiny crocheted hexagons:

Chain 4 and join to make a ring. (By the way, this works with my tension. If you’re struggling to fit all the following stitches in, try ch5)

Work 18 UK trebles into the ring. Your first stitch will be a ch3 as usual, so it’s ch3 and then make 17 UK trebles into the ring.

When you’ve made the last treble, slip stitch into the 3rd chain of that first stitch.

The next round is all increases in the tops of the stitches of the first round. Again, chain 3 to start (a chain 3 is equivalent in height to a treble.) and then make 1TR next to it, in the same stitch, to make the increase.

Each 3 increases are separated by ch2. This makes each side of the hexagon.

I hope that makes sense!

Basically your first round has 18 stitches. Then you do increases separated by ch2 on the next round to make the 6 sides.

Joining them is a bit interesting as it is not in the simple lines that squares follow. I thought you could work around a central one and join 6 to it like petals, but I think you’d end up with a lot of tail ends to sew in. As you can see above I tried that with the pomegranate hexagon (just to say again, this is leftovers of Stylecraft Special dk and I’m just going to talk about the colours by name so you can see what I mean. The pomegranate one is the pink one in the middle of the 2nd row.) I joined 6 hexagons to the pomegranate one and then went off on a voyage around the cloud blue, turquoise, fondant etc. This is all very well but it’s left a gap between the turquoise and the plum which I’ll need to stitch individually. I wonder if working in a zig zag fashion in long rows may work? I will let you know!

I do like the raised look the joining gives, and how dense the fabric of it is. I join using the back loops only, as per this post.

Oh and it’s a 4mm hook. I’m often asked what size hook I use, and it’s 99% of the time a 4mm hook because 99% of the time I work with dk weight yarns.

The yarn you use should have a suggested hook (and knitting needle) size on the ball band, but a general rule of thumb is 3mm for 4ply, 4mm for dk, 5mm for Aran. (The exceptions to this are Rico and Katia yarns which I find are quite light and need probably a half size smaller than what you’d think, so 3.5mm for what they label as a dk weight yarn.)

18 thoughts on “Leftover Yarn and Tiny Crochet Hexagons

  1. Argh! Stop giving me crochet ideas you little crochet witch!

    I have to do my Tetris Blanket and I can’t do that because of all my amigurumi orders and then you come along with your hexagons and now I want to do that as well. The Nipple Blanket sounds like it could be a winner.

    Also want to do another ripple since reading your other post.

    Stop it stop it stop it stop it.

    Joining the hexagons seems as much of a pain as my Tetris Blanket is. Because I’m having the join at the front of the blanket but don’t want the seam to run through each individual square it turns into a bit of a nightmare and means I keep doing it wrong.

    That doesn’t make sense.

    I know what I mean.

    HAI I HAVEN’T COMMENTED FOR AGES AND NOW I’M LEAVING A MASSIVE ONE.

  2. Anne Marie says:

    How lovely, Heather, these are so pretty. I am still trying to pluck up courage to do the Elmer squares, which somehow never look right.

    Can I just mention, someone apologised the other day for posting a few times – I have sometimes posted forgetting to put security code in and it has still posted the comment. When I have put in the comment, it still gives the message wrong security code etc. Weird!

  3. Heather says:

    hahaha Becky you crack me up! Bring your tetris blanket when you come and see me :-)
    Anne Marie, the security code thing is weird and tells people they have got it wrong when they haven’t and then posts the comment three times. No idea how to fix it!
    Winwick Mum, yes it would but I’m not sure I want to be known for a nipple blanket! People might get the wrong idea ;-)

  4. Claire coffey says:

    Well it definitely feels like you’ve got your crochet mojo back! The little hexies are looking very pretty. I’m doing African flowers in vintage tapestry wool gifted to me by my mum; they’ll be joined as I go into hexagons, but I’ve got a lot more flowers to make before I get that far. Mental note to self though. ..avoid the pink and white colour combinations!

  5. I love your little hexagons. I always have lots of leftovers. I save mine for amigurumi.

    Remind me never to get on Becky’s wrong side. I can’t believe she told you off for encouraging crochet!

  6. Kath says:

    Love to see your ideas in progress. I think joining in zigzags would work quite well and gives quite a nice rhythmic effect to the finished piece. Are you going to try several things out and take photos of each one so you (and we!) can see how it went? Glad you’re feeling bloggy again.

    I once started making a tea cosy for a friend, top down, starting in the round. I had this ‘clever’ idea of making a feature of the central hole and leaving it just wide enough for the knob on the lid to poke through…. Let’s just say the nipple tea cosy got unravelled quite quickly!

  7. carol partridge says:

    Hello Heather, Had good laugh about the nipple pattern. I love the little hexagons. So quick and easy to do. Thanks for sharing them. They are a bit addictive,ha ha.Done a few now.

  8. Zorana says:

    So nice to have you blogging more often, I enjoy your posts. And now, although I am working on Elmer squares blanket for ages, I have a strong inexplicable urge to crochet small hexagons…

  9. Julie says:

    Hi Heather,
    Great looking project. You have just inspired me and may give it a go! Thanks for sharing it with us. Love your blog. Xx

  10. That looks super Heather. Agree with you about Rico yarn. I have just finished a knitted blanket and it is smaller than one made recently with Snuggly. On to quilting now as all baby items are completed.

  11. Hi Heather
    Not seen you in a while but I’m loving the hexagons !!

    As you know I have done knitted breasts before , maybe this could be adapted for a Nipple Blanket !! Lol , sorry .

    We must have a catch up soon , Tracy xxxxx

  12. nicky says:

    Tried to do them but it didnt happen for me sigh im hopeless without a tutorial etc grrrrrr these are so sweet to x love your blog btw x

  13. nicky says:

    well threw the first attempt but had a read up in a book id got from libary that showed you bigger ones and YES 2nd attempt a bit lumpy but better thanks Heather for a ray of sunshine on this wet horrid day x

  14. Emmy says:

    Ooh, they look so purty ;) I’ll have to give them a try… someday (right now I’ve got about 5 WIPs, so I’ll try to finish up those first)!

    You made me laugh with the nipple part, oh my! Yeah, maybe not such a great idea ;P Funny, though!! Lol.

  15. I’ve got the exact same little stylecraft nuggets :-) They’re just sitting in bags being too small to use. This is a good idea though! I like the little solid hexagon pattern :-) How’s your new ripple coming along? Hope that it’s helping with your blogging mojo! x

  16. These little hexagons are lovely! I’ve never been brave enough to try them, but these are so lovely I may start coming up with an idea to incorporate them into a cushion cover – so thank you for the inspiration!

    I’m glad to see that you are crocheting again, your designs are always beautiful!

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