Sometimes I have to invent a new blanket, just to try something out that I haven’t done before. Sometimes I have to invent a new blanket just to try out a certain set of colours.
I have crocheted plenty of hexagons before, but can’t remember making them into a blanket before. To be honest, I think I just got the urge to make a big hexagon blanket in repeating colours for a change.
So, I started making hexagons. Then I continued making hexagons. Then I made a few more hexagons. Then I had a pile of hexagons.
I had reached that point where you start to think to yourself, ” shall I sew some of these together now, so that I don’t have to do them all at once at the end?”. This was closely followed by wondering if I should block the hexagons first. It would make it easier to sew them together. But then, wouldn’t it be better if I could block them all to be exactly the same size. Imagine how much more straightforward that would be!
I was considering a polystyrene block and some cocktail sticks. I thought I could pin them out on the block, one after the other, leaving the sticks in place so that each one ended up the same size. The only problems being that I didn’t have an appropriate piece of polystyrene and it would probably take longer to block the hexagons one by one than it was going to take me to crochet the whole blanket. In the end I had to ask my ‘other half’ if he had any polystyrene, which then meant that I had to explain to him what I was up to. That’s not usually a good thing. He gave me that look that seems to imply that he thinks I am embarking on yet another mad, destined for disaster scheme. Then he told me to wait a couple of hours and he would find something.
A couple of hours later, plus a bit and look what I had!
My very own, custom made, hexagon blocking device. With bamboo skewers instead of cocktail sticks and hard MDF board with ready drilled holes instead of polystyrene. The best bit too, is the fact that I could block a dozen hexagons all at once. Woohoo!
My blocked hexagons were perfect.
All I need to do now is drill a few more holes in my new toy and then I can block other shapes and sizes too. I had never seen anything like this for sale anywhere before and thought that there could be a market for them out there somewhere… Well, maybe one day, but for now you have the idea, so at least you can make your own if you want to try it out.
Well, time to get sewing hexagons. 31 hexagons to be precise. It was surprisingly quick and enjoyable once they were all so neatly blocked. Happy blanket making!
If you are interested in the pattern for the blanket, it will be available on Etsy fairly soon. Alternatively, the blanket itself is now for sale.