PART ONE: Which hexagon pattern can I use for this join?
I am using the Tillie Tulip Blog Daisy in this tutorial, but you can choose any pattern you’d like! There are many circle-to-hexagon patterns, as well as plain hexies. You’ll want to keep in mind that with this method, you have to imagine that the “final round” of each hexagon will be the same color. I recommend that you learn the basics of the CJAYG for squares.
To clarify, here are some patterns that can be worked with this method.
And here are some equally beautiful patterns for which this method cannot be used.
The Tillie Tulip Daisy pattern is originally a granny square, and I have used it a couple of times before. What a beautiful square it is! But this time, I have fashioned it into a small hexagon. If you’d like to follow along, go ahead and make up some daisies! I’ll wait 🙂
Hint for making flowers with a center like this one:
If you’d like all of your flowers to have the same color center (i.e., yellow), try using slight variations of the same color instead. When looking at a blanket with identical center circles, the mind can tend to respond to the salient grid of dots, which may distract from the pretty flowers. Slightly varied shades will break this grid and soften your look so that the individual flowers can shine!
Okay now we’re ready for…
PART TWO: The first row of hexagons.
Take a motif and locate a corner. Join your border/joining yarn with a slip stitch, SC, Chain 2, 2 DC all in same space. If you’d like to reference my hand-drawn diagram below, you can note the “beginning” indicated. This is where you will start.
Working around the motif, *3 DC in the next space, (2 DC, Chain 1, 2 DC) in the next space for the corner, repeat around from * until 4 sides are worked. Instead of the final complete corner of the fourth side, work only (2 DC, Chain 1) as seen below.
Pick up your next motif, and in any space, work 2 DC as below.
Slip stitch in between the corresponding stitches on the first motif. 3 DC in the next space, Slip stitch in the corresponding space to join, 2 DC, Slip stitch in the corner space. 2 DC in same space to complete the corner and continue around in the same manner to complete 4 sides.
I have seen this joining method a couple times on the web but could never find a pattern, so I drew a diagram based on CrochetCabana’s CJAYG for squares diagram – link in original CJAYG post.
Stop on your final hexagon of the row, after only 2 rows are completed, instead of the usual 4 sides (in the picture below, I have 4 more hexies to add)…
Unfortunately, the sun is setting! I’ll move on to the next part tomorrow 🙂