I had a PM from a knitter on Ravelry last week asking about my method of connecting hexapuffs. I’ve been crocheting all the way around each puff and then crocheting the individual puffs together. It closes all the gaps so it’s a solid blanket, but adding some space between each puff means that it’s not a stiff blanket. I also love the little ridge that forms between the hexapuffs. It’s a bit of a time consuming process and it’s a little fiddly, but we didn’t start making Beekeeper’s Quilts because we have short attention spans, now did we?
I made a little video this weekend to show how I edge each individual hexapuff and then how I connect them in groups of ten. When I first started I connected fifty hexapuffs right away to make sure that I was going to like the overall effect. I do groups of ten now because it makes it easy to count, you can finish in such a way that there isn’t any yarn left hanging, and I’m not finished making hexapuffs. My quilt is really scrappy and crazy-quiltish and I want the final finished object to be as random as possible. I have 140 hexies connected right now, (one island of fifty and nine islands of ten) out of about 540 hexies knit total. Every so often I do a couple more islands, but mostly at the moment I’m focused on the knitting. When I start connecting in earnest I’ll mix up all of the islands so I don’t get color groups in one place or another.
I’m pretty excited about this.
I hope the video is clear and easy to follow – YouTube doesn’t like videos to be over 10 minutes long, so it’s a little jumpy, but much more concise than when I started! Let me know if you have any questions or you’re going to use this technique on your Beekeeper’s Quilt – I’d love to know I’m not the only crazy one!