Aran Hexagons

A couple of weeks ago I was checking Twitter and saw Spun Yarn Shop tweeting that it was Yarn Shop Day. Ooh! That sounded like an excuse, nay, obligation to go and buy yarn! Count me in. Spun Yarn Shop is a bit far away for me to just pop into but luckily Purl and Jane is not very far away at all. How I love having such a gorgeous shop as my local yarn shop. I go in there when I’m feeling miserable and just stroke the yarn a bit and absorb all of the woolly goodness (while TTB makes baah-ing noises at the knitted sheep.) I bought a couple of balls of Rico Essentials Merino Aran as I wanted to try something with the little crochet hexagons pattern I made a while ago.

When I made these before, the joining was a bit of an issue as I found it hard to join them in one continuous go like I do with squares. With squares I like to make them all first, and then join all of them horizontally and then join all of the vertical edges after that. Fewer ends to sew in and it’s just the way I like to do it. (Here’s how I join squares, in photos.) Hexagons have always been a bit of a crafty nemesis of mine so I’m not sure why I keep going back to them!

Anyway, joining. I thought it might be easier to join them using the tail end of the hexagon itself and that’s what I’ve been doing here. I cut a long tail, about 15 or 20cm long, and then sew them together using the needle I use for doing my ends. It gives more freedom to change direction and join along a different edge than joining with a crochet hook. It’s not perfect and I don’t think I could write you a tutorial and show you in photos exACTly how to do it because I have a rough idea of how to do it and then just bodge the bits that look a bit loose with another bit of yarn.

I adore this yarn though, it’s so smooshy and squishy and a little bit sheepy in the best possible way. It reminds me of the Rowan Pure Wool I used for my 400 Squares, Granny Alice and Big Blue Blankets. It reminds me as well of the Aran cardigan my mum used to have when I was a child. I hated the cardigan then! It felt scratchy and the buttons were a bit scary. But now I just remember it fondly and the feel of this hexagon crochet is just like that cardigan.

The fabric it’s made is really nice and dense, but not too tight. I’ve been chaining 5 in the first instance just to help with the tension and it’s working well. I had thought that it might make a nice little baby blanket but that idea didn’t last long: it’s true calling is to be a cushion! Possibly round, possibly square. I have cushion pads of both shape so I will try it on both. I would also like to do a proper photo tutorial for these hexagons because the instructions I did previously could be improved with photos. I hope we have some nice weather soon, it’s pouring with rain and that’s never good for indoor photographs!

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I’m using Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran in shade 061 “cream” on a 5mm hook and working from this pattern.

7 thoughts on “Aran Hexagons

  1. That aran wool looks lovely. Even from the photo you can tell how soft and squishy it is. My mother knit loads and loads of Arans. We all had them and our relatives and friends too. I have knit quite a few Arans myself but they don’t seem to be as popular now. I like using the aran weight as it’s just a bit thicker than DK but not as much as chunky. I’m considering doing a baby blanket using aran – once I get my other blankets finished (well, at least 1 of them!)

  2. That aran wool looks lovely. Even from the photo you can tell how soft and squishy it is. My mother knit loads and loads of Arans. We all had them and our relatives and friends too. I have knit quite a few Arans myself but they don\’t seem to be as popular now. I like using the aran weight as it\’s just a bit thicker than DK but not as much as chunky. I\’m considering doing a baby blanket using aran – once I get my other blankets finished (well, at least 1 of them!)

  3. Sue says:

    These hexagons look lovely. The yarn looks soft too. I hate scratchy wool.

    Bodging when sewing together sounds good to me as that is what I would do.

    Nice and sunny here :-) (Dorset) but we did nearly get our heads blown away on Saturday.

  4. One-oh-four says:

    Oooooh, I love those hexagons made in that yarn. Have to admit that, much as I like colourful, I do love a bit of neutral occasionally. I think it will make a gorgeous cushion cover.

  5. claire coffey says:

    The aran is looking gorgeous, I love the texture that you get and the fact that the pattern shines through because there is no distracting colour! when I made a huge hexagon blanket recently, I used the end tail of the final round to join the hexagons into long rows. then when the row was done I joined it to the previous row in a zigzag manner. I used ladder stitch all the way and it gave a lovely finish as there were no ridges on either side, almost an invisible join. From your photo it looks like you did a similar stitch?

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