After making my Midnight Diamond blanket, I had an idea in my head for using tapestry crochet to make six-point stars inside hexagons. It took a bit of fiddling about to work out the best stitch pattern for this, but after a while I cracked it and I’m so pleased with the result. The stars just seem to be such a natural choice to put inside hexagons!
The hexagons are made one by one, and whilst crocheting the last round of each hexagon, you join it on to one (or more) hexagons that have already been made, fitting it into its place in the blanket. Personally, I love this “join-as-you-go” technique as you really get to see your blanket growing as you make the hexagons (and you don’t have the boring joining job to do at the end!).
The long edges of the blanket are zig-zaggy down the sides of the hexagons.
But the short edges are straight as the gaps between hexagons are filled with half-hexagons.
The half-hexagons were a bit trickier to work out how to do but again, after some fiddling about with some yarns and a hook, I worked out how to make them.
I used seven different colours for the stars, to make sure that there were never two colours the same next to each other. The pattern includes a chart showing how the seven colours are arranged over the whole blanket. However, you could of course use more or fewer colours.
If you’d like some inspiration of different colour combinations that you could use, check out #superstarsblanket for some fabulous ideas.
One of my testers, Helen @handmadeholme, put some plain hexagons into her blanket (with no star in them) and that looked really good too.
For the border, I initially tried stripes of different colours, but it didn’t work out quite as I imagined it in my head, so I frogged that.
I then opted for just a solid thick border all in blue, and I’m really pleased with the effect that has on the blanket. It seems to set off all the stars really well whilst still making a nice bold statement.
I hope you enjoy it!