Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Fireworks Hexagon Picnic Blanket–Free Crochet Pattern

Image of Fireworks Hexagon Picnic Blanket

Source -  Lionbrand

Lion Brand® Kitchen Cotton Pattern #: L32021

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*****
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SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate + (Level 4)

SIZE: One Size About 45 x 60 in. (114.5 x 152.5 cm)

Lion Brand® Kitchen Cotton

GAUGE:

One Hexagon = about 7 1/2 in. (19 cm) across (at widest).

BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

STITCH EXPLANATION:

shell (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in indicated sp.
beg-Cl (beg cluster) Yarn over, insert hook in indicated ring and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook, yarn over and draw through 1 loop on hook (2 loops on hook); yarn over, insert hook in same ring and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook, yarn over and draw through 1 loop on hook (3 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through all loops on hook.
Cl (cluster) Yarn over, insert hook in indicated ring and draw up a loop, yarn over and through 2 loops on hook, yarn over and through 1 loop on hook (2 loops on hook); (yarn over and insert hook in same ring and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook, yarn over and through 1 loop on hook) twice (4 loops on hook), yarn over and through all loops on hook.

NOTES:

1. Blanket is made from 60 Hexagons, 12 with each Color Sequence.
2. Each Hexagon is made in 5 joined rnds. Each rnd is worked using a different color as in Color Sequences.
3. Hexagons are joined to neighboring Hexagons according to Assembly Diagram, using join-as-you-go techniques in Rnd 5.
4. To reduce the number of ends to weave in, work over the ends of the old color when working the next rnd.
5. Three border rnds are worked around the outer edge of Blanket after all Hexagons are made and joined. 

COLOR SEQUENCES
Hexagon 1: A, B, C, D, E.
Hexagon 2: C, F, G, B, H.
Hexagon 3: I, J, K, F, D.
Hexagon 4: K, L, J, I, M.
Hexagon 5:E, M, H, A, G.

HEXAGON 1
With first color, ch 4; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 3, beg-Cl in ring, ch 3, (Cl in ring, ch 3) 5 times; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 6 Cl and 6 ch-3 sps at the end of this rnd.
Fasten off.
Rnd 2 (WS): From WS, join 2nd color with sc in any ch-3 sp, 3 sc in same ch-3 sp, (ch 1, 4 sc in next ch-3 sp) 5 times, ch 1; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 24 sc and 6 ch-1 sps.
Fasten off.
Rnd 3 (RS): From RS, join 3rd color with sl st in any ch-1 sp, ch 3 (counts as first dc in this rnd and in all following rnds), (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same ch-1 sp (shell made), (ch 1, shell in next ch-1 sp) 5 times, ch 1; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 6 shells and 6 ch-1 sps.
Fasten off.
Rnd 4 (RS): From RS, join 4th color with sl st in any ch-1 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-1 sp, (ch 1, shell in ch-2 sp of next shell, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 5 times, ch 1, shell in ch-2 sp of last shell, ch 1; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 6 shells and six 3-dc groups.
Fasten off.
Rnd 5 (RS): From RS, join 5th color with sc in first ch-1 sp following any shell, ch 2, sc in same ch-1 sp, ch 2, sk next 3-dc group, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch-1 sp, ch 2, (sc, ch 4, sc) in ch-2 sp of next shell, *(ch 2, sk next 3-dc group, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch-1 sp, ch 2) twice, (sc, ch 4, sc) in ch-2 sp of next shell; rep from * around, ch 2; join with sl st in first sc - 6 corner ch-4 sps and 12 ch-2 sps.
Fasten off.

NEXT HEXAGONS (make a total of 60 Hexagons - 12 with each Color Sequence)
Notes:

1. Refer to Assembly Diagram for placement of Hexagon.
Notice the neighboring Hexagons to which the current Hexagon needs to be joined.
2. Hexagons are joined to each neighboring Hexagon across one or more side edges.
Side edges are joined by joining the corner ch-4 sps at the beg and end of the edge and the ch-2 sps across the edge.
3. At ch-4 corners where 3 Hexagons meet, work the ch-4 corner join as follows: ch 2, sc in ch-2 sp of next shell, ch 2, drop loop from hook, insert hook through corresponding corner ch-4 sp of first neighboring Hexagon, place dropped loop back on hook and draw through, ch 1, drop loop from hook, insert hook through corresponding corner ch-4 sp of next neighboring Hexagon, place dropped loop back on hook and draw through, ch 2, sc in same ch-2 sp of current Hexagon.

Make same as Hexagon 1 through Rnd 4.
Rnd 5: From RS, join 5th color with sc in first ch-1 sp following any shell, ch 2, sc in same ch-1 sp, ch 2, sk next 3-dc group, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch-1 sp;
Ch-4 Corner Join: Hold current Hexagon and neighboring Hexagon with WS together and sts matching, ch 2, sc in ch-2 sp of next shell, ch 2, drop loop from hook, insert hook through corresponding corner ch-4 sp of neighboring Hexagon, place dropped loop back on hook and draw through, ch 2, sc in same ch-2 sp of current Hexagon.
Ch-2 Side Join: *Ch 2, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, drop loop from hook, insert hook through corresponding corner ch-2 sp of neighboring Hexagon, place dropped loop back on hook and draw through, ch 1, sc in same ch-1 sp of current Hexagon; rep from * once more.
Next Ch-4 Corner Join: Ch 2, work same as first Corner Ch-4 Sp Join. Rep Ch-2 Side Join and Ch-4 Corner Join until the current Hexagon is joined to all neighboring Hexagons.
Complete Rnd: **(Ch 2, sk next 3-dc group, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch-1 sp, ch 2) twice, (sc, ch 4, sc) in ch-2 sp of next shell; rep from ** around, ch 2; join with sl st in first sc - 6 corner ch-4 sps and 12 ch-2 sps.
Fasten off.

FINISHING
Border
Rnd 1 (RS):
From RS, join L with sc in any corner ch-4 sp, ch 4, sc in same ch-4 sp, *ch 2, work into next sp as instructed below; rep from * all the way around outer edge of Blanket, ch 2; join with sl st in first sc.
Fasten off.
1. Work (sc, ch 4, sc) in each corner ch-4 sp (these are the corner ch-4 sps that are not at joins between Hexagons).
2. Work (sc, ch 2, sc) in each ch-2 sp.
3. At joins between Hexagons, work as follows: sc in sp before join, ch 1, sc in sp following join.
Rnd 2: From RS, join F with sc in any corner ch-4 sp, ch 4, sc in same ch-4 sp, *ch 2, work into next sp or sc as instructed below; rep from * all the way around, ch 2; join with sl st in first sc.
Fasten off.
1. Work (sc, ch 4, sc) in each corner ch-4 sp.
2. Work (sc, ch 2, sc) in each ch-2 sp.
3. At joins between Hexagons, work as follows: sc in sc before join, ch 2, sc in sc following join. Rnd 3: From RS, join C with sc in any corner ch-4 sp, (sc, ch 4, 2 sc) in same ch-4 sp, *ch 2, work into next sp or sc as instructed below; rep from * all the way around, ch 2; join with sl st in first sc.
Fasten off.
1. Work (2 sc, ch 4, 2 sc) in each corner ch-4 sp.
2. Work (sc, ch 2, sc) in each ch-2 sp.
3. At joins between Hexagons, work as follows: sc in sc before join, ch 2, sc in sc following join.
Weave in ends.

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