A blanket pattern I worked on last year had a really beautiful design that I didn’t want broken up by the usual joining methods. That’s when I discovered the join as you go method. However, that worked great for squares, but I wanted one that worked for solid hexagons as well. After some experimenting, I finally come up with this awesome method on how to join as you go for solid hexagons.
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What I love most about this method is that it doesn’t provide a visual distraction from the overall look of the pattern. In other words, the hexagons actually look like they were glued together!
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Join As You Go For Solid Hexagons.
- Darning needle
Stitches and Terms Used:
- ch (chain)
- sl st (slip stitch)
- sc (single crochet)
- dc (double crochet)
- rpt (repeat)
- This tutorial only shows how to join as you go for solid hexagons. I have a separate tutorilal on how to crochet a basic solid hexagon and another one on how to crochet a half hexagon.
- The ch 2 at the beginning of each round counts as 1 dc. I use a ch 2 because I have lose chains and tight stitches. However, you can also use a ch 3 if you prefer.
- Motif refers to the hexagon
- The first motif of each project will be made in full but all the following ones will begin the same way but on the last round, will be joined to existing motif(s).
- .The motifs are always joined with the right sides facing up so make sure both motifs are facing the same direction when joining.
- This tutorial on the join as you go for hexagons shows illustrates joining on 2 sides. Others will be joined on one, two or even 3 sides all depending on the placement of the current hexagon.
a.) Joining to the first motif:-
1. To join the hexagons together, you’ll need to work up one hexagon to completion but all subsequent hexagons will make use of the last round to join them to another hexagon(s).
2. Work as you normally would until you get to the first corner.
3. Dc in the ch 2 sp,ch 1. This is where we’ll start the process of joining the hexagons.
4. Remove your hook from the current stitch you’re working. Insert it through the ch 2 sp of the hexagon you want to attach the current motif to.
5. Insert your hook back into the last st (which was a ch 1) of the current motif and pull it through the ch 2 sp. ch 1.
6. Dc in corner space. Remove hook from the stitch.
7. Place your hook into the adjacent dc on the other motif, insert it into the loop of the dc you just finished on the current motif and pull the loop through. Join made.
8. Dc in next stitch of the current motif. Remove your hook. Place it through the adjacent dc on the other motif, insert it into the loop of just finished dc and pull the loop through. Join made.
9. Dc in next stitch of the current motif. Remove your hook. Place it through the adjacent dc on the other motif (should be the 3rd dc), insert it into the loop of just finished dc and pull the loop through. Join made.
10. You will continue working the previous step up to the corner space where you’ll join the corner dc to the last dc adjacent to it. But most importantly, make sure you always pull through a loop on stitches that are adjacent to each other.
b.) Joining to the Second Motif:-
a.) When you get here and there are no hexagons to join to, simply ch 1, remove your hook from the stitch and join to the corner space (as in steps 4 & 5) and finish up on the hexagon pattern. Otherwise, continue with joining as below.
11. To join in the current motif to the 2 previous ones at the corner, ch 1, remove your hook from the loop.
12. Insert it through the stitch shown in the picture below and ch 1.
13-17. From here repeat step 6-10
Joining the Third Motif:-
b.) The joins are basically a repeat of steps 6-10. However, if there are motifs on the side, do steps 11-12. If there are NO motifs on the side (or any other you want to join in) refer to steps 4-5 (details in Take Note a.)
This method does take a bit of getting used to but once you get the hang of it, joining will be a breeze! I’ll soon be sharing the pattern that these crochet hexies are growing into.