Welcome to the CypressTextiles continuous JAYG tutorial for hexagons using PLT and SC. This sounds scary, and it can take a moment for it to “click” but I promise it’s easy. Nearly any JAYG can convert to be worked continuously.
So this is a mouthful… Let’s break it down:
- Continuous: The join will flow from one motif to the next, without breaking the yarn, tracing around the motifs following a special path. Think of making a drawing without picking up your pencil. We’ll start and stop at the same place. (I have a Continuous JAYG – or CJAYG – masterpost!)
- JAYG: This means the motifs will be crocheted together as their final round, instead of being seamed with crochet stitches or with a tapestry needle. Since we are joining continuously, the Hexagons will look like they’re joined on the final round as normal, but this is the illusion of the “special path” I talked about. (I have some JAYG tutorials!)
- PLT: The “Pull Loop Through” technique is where you join a stitch to its corresponding stitch on the adjacent motif using a method that I will explain in the joining instructions. (I have a separate PLT tutorial!)
- …with SC: For this blanket, we will be using US single crochet. You can substitute HDC in for a wider join, and you don’t have to change anything. If you want to use DC to get an even wider border, you may have to do some fancy footwork at the corners.
- A pile of hexagons, with the same stitch count around. It doesn’t matter what the pattern is. For these Hexagons I used a mix of different 4ply Yarns from my stash.
- If you’ll be filling in the half-hexagons on the sides, set those to the side for now. They’ll be added in once all of the full hexies are joined together.
- Joining yarn – you’ll want to have full balls of this, as one of the joys of joining continuously is that you eliminate having to weave all those ends. If you have a bunch of shorter lengths of your joining yarn, you’ll cancel that fun part out. Boo!
Abbreviations (US Terms)
ch-n chain n number of times
PLT Pull loop through
RS right side of motif/blanket
sc single crochet
ss slip stitch
Before you begin, choose your motif layout. For my hexagon blankets I like to square the edges off by adding in half-hexagon motifs, and then filling in the “zig-zag” sides to make a perfect rectangle. You can choose either hexie orientation from the diagram below, but be sure your opposite sides start and end with a half-hexagon as shown. This will help when you’re filling in the zig-zag sides. If you don’t want to fill these sides in, you can easily start and end these rows with a full hexagon instead, and adjust the join path to accommodate.
For this blanket the orientation is with the half-hexies along the sides; however, when joining, the blanket will be rotated like the photo below. The green spot indicates where the join will start and stop.
Here is the diagram you will follow for this tutorial. The start/end point is labeled, and the special path is drawn in using colors to represent the steps. Along the way there will be “Close-ups” (areas circled in blue) where detailed explanation is needed.
Work down the first column of hexies (Red portion of path)
Using joining yarn, ss in center st/sp of the corner located at the start/end point, (3 sc in the corner st/sp, sc in all sts to next corner) 4 times, 2 sc in corner.
PLT performing these 3 steps:
- Remove loop from hook as shown in photo above.
- Insert hook in the stitch shown in the photo above. When these motifs are placed adjacent to one another, this stitch is the corresponding st to the one that just been worked on the motif-in-progress.
- Grab loop as shown in photo below.
Now do the same PLT in all sc sts across to the next corner, sc in corner, PLT, 2 sc in same corner.
Work around 3 more sides of hexagon as normal, and make 2 sc in the next corner as shown in photo below.
Work up sides of motifs on next column, joining only the far right sides to the piece (Orange portion of path)
Join across side as before, ending with 1 sc in the corner as shown in the photo below.
Ch 1, sc in the corner on the next motif located above this one. (Solid grey in the photo above.) PLT in the stitch marked with an arrow below.
The photo below shows the hook pointing to the skipped corner st on the motif to the right.
Remove loop from hook, insert hook front to back in center sc on upper right motif, then from back to front on lower right motif as shown in photo below. Grab loop and pull through both corner sts to join all 3 corners together. Sc in corner to complete it.
Use these methods to join the remainder of the motifs in this column
Work down the left side of this column of motifs, completing their join to the piece (Yellow portion of path)
First, work around 5 sides of the motif, placing 2 sc in the next corner as shown in the photo below.
Remove loop from hook, insert hook front to back in the center st that was previously skipped on part 2. Make sure to put the hook under the ch-1 sp as well. Grab loop as shown in photo below, and PLT.
Working across the blanket, join the remainder of the motifs in columns, working Part 2 and Part 3 as shown in main diagram. All remaining motifs can be joined with the methods discussed so far, working all the way up to Part 4 (green portion of path).
Below is a photo of the third column of motifs in the “flag phase.”
Part 4 coming shortly!