As you may recall, I decided after Christmas to use up all the odd DK yarn in my stash and make room for some fresh stash ready to make some beautiful baby things with. Well I must say I am rather thrilled with the results of what is essentially waste! Some of the yarn is leftover from projects, other is leftover odds and ends from projects in my book. Mainly it's Stylecraft Special DK and Rowan Wool Cotton and Pure Wool DK, though the blanket would work with any DK yarn.
I was inspired by the Circus patchwork hexagon blanket over at Coco Rose Diaries, and spent a long time trying to choose the right hexagon pattern. The ones from our book weren't quite large enough, so I turned to Lucy at Attic24 for the hexagon pattern itself.
Of course my blanket looks very different to theirs! I wanted a vintage 1970s feel, a cosy go-to blanket for my boy for sofa snuggling, to lay across his bed on cold winter nights and to take with him on his travels. So here it is...
It's not huge, just perfect for a lad of two. It's ideal for a cot or lap I'd say. All in all I made 101 hexagons, laid out in 12 rows of 8 or 9. It took no time at all really, just a couple of weeks. I find that the hexagons were quickly whipped up as there were no colour changes. I decided, unlike Vanessa, not to join on the go, as I wanted to play with tessellating the colours afterwards when I knew how many of each colour I had. I've also decided not to edge it. Like my big ripple blanket, I like the raw edges and I think it adds to the retro charm. I hope so anyway. My boy loves it anyhow and it's been in use for a few days already. I hope it serves him for many years yet!