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Looky what we have here! Colourful hexagons featuring bobly flower centres. It can only be Hexagons In Bloom.

As promised last week and on Instagram, this post is my pattern for not one, but two types of hexagons specifically designed for our Crochet For Kidneys Part II blankets. They measure 15 cm from side to side and has the white border that you all voted for.

The plan was to only change the shape of my Granny Square In Bloom to a hexagon, but when I started playing with my Vinni’s Colours Nikkim, the creativity bug just took over. I ended up changing the flower (no raised petals), and as you can see, I also made two versions for the body of the hexagons. I honestly couldn’t stop playing. I blame the yarn. I don’t think it’s hand-dyed with dye, it’s dyed with creative juices.

The colours I used for my hexagons are Blue-Red, Red Violet, Cloud, Fern, Lime, Denim, Plum and Violet. It was so much fun going into my shop garage to choose the colours for my hexies. Like a kid in a sweet shop I tell you! (You can click on any of the shade names to go straight to my Etsy shop where you can buy a ball for £3.50.)

If you need any help with rounds 1 to 4, you can have a look at the photo tutorial for Granny Square In Bloom, as the flower instructions are the same up to round 4 (apart from there only being 6 popcorns in the hexagon, but 8 in the square).

I included a few photos that should help you figure out what to do in Round 4 and Round 5.

Hexagon In Bloom – shells

Hexagon In Bloom Shells

This pattern is written in US crochet terms
(US sc = UK dc, US dc = UK trb, US hdc = UK htr)

Hook: 3.5 mm

Yarn: Five shades of DK cotton. If this pattern is used to make hexagons for the Crochet For Kidneys Part II, one of the five colours has to white and should be used for Round 10.

Make a magic ring with colour A.

Round 1: Chain 1, 6 sc in ring, slip stitch in chain. 6 sc.

Round 2: Chain 1, 2 sc in each sc, slip stitch in chain. 12 sc.

Round 3: Chain 3 (count as dc.) *Popcorn stitch, 1 dc* Repeat from * to *. Join with slip stitch in chain. Six popcorns made. Fasten off colour B.

Round 4: Join colour B to any Popcorn stitch. Chain 1, 2 sc in same stitch. *Long sc over dc (crochet hook should be inserted in the sc of round 2) , 2 sc in Popcorn* Repeat from * to *. Join with sl st to top of starting chain. 18 sc. Fasten off colour B.

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Round 5: Join colour C to long sc of round 4. Chain 1, 1 sc in long sc,  chain 3, *dc4tog working first 2 legs in first sc and next two legs in next sc, chain 3, sc in long sc, chain 3*. Repeat from * to *. Join with sl st to starting chain. Fasten off colour C.

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Round 6: Join colour D to sc between flower petals. [Chain 3 (count as dc), dc, chain 2, 2 dc (corner shell made)], *chain 1, sc in cluster of round 5, chain 1, corner shell*. Repeat from * to * end. Join with sl st at top of starting chain. See Good To Know.

Round 7: Chain 4 (count as dc plus 1 chain) [2 Dc, 2 chain, 2 dc]  in chain 2 space of round 6. Corner shell made. 1 Chain, 3 dc shell in sc, chain 1, corner shell in 2 chain space of corner shell of round 6. Continue working 3 dc shell in each sc and corner shell in each 2 chain space, separated by 1 chain to last sc. 2 dc in last sc. Join with sl st to 3rd chain of starting chain.

Round 8: Chain 3 (count as dc), 2 dc in chain space (3 dc shell made), chain 1, corner shell in 2 chain space of corner shell of round 7. Continue working 3 dc shell in each chain 1 space and corner shell in each 2 chain space, separated by 1 chain. Join with sl st to 3rd chain of starting chain.

Round 9: Chain 4 (count as dc plus 1), 3 dc shell in chain 1 space, 1 chain, corner shell in 2 chain space of corner shell of round 8. Continue working 3 dc shell in each chain 1 space and corner shell in each 2 chain space, separated by 1 chain to last chain 1 space. 2 Dc in last chain 1 space. Join with sl st to 3rd chain of starting chain. Fasten off colour D.

Round 10: Join colour E. Chain 2 (count as hdc). Continue working 1 hdc in each dc of round 10 – do not work a hdc in the chain spaces. Work *1 hdc, 2 chain, 1 hdc* in corner shell spaces. Join with sl st in chain.

Good To Know: Unlike granny squares, corner shells of granny style hexagons consist of groups of 2 dc, whereas the corner shells of granny squares are groups of 3 dc.

Hexagon In Bloom – solid

Hexagon In Bloom solid

This pattern is written in US crochet terms
(US sc = UK dc, US dc = UK trb, US hdc = UK htr)

Hook: 3.5 mm

Yarn: Five shades of Vinni’s Colours Nikkim DK cotton. If this pattern is used to make hexagons for the Crochet For Kidneys Part II, one of the five colours has to white and should be used for Round 10.

Follow this instructions as for Hexagon In Bloom – shell to Round 6.

Round 7: Chain 3 (count as dc); *dc in next dc, [1 dc, 2 chain, 1 dc] in 2 chain space, dc in each of the next two dc, dc in 1 chain space, dc in sc. Continue working dc in each dc and in chain spaces of round 6 and [1 dc, 2 chain, 1dc] in each 2 chain space. 9 dc on each side of hexagon.

Round 8 and 9: Work dc in each dc of round 7 and [1 dc, 2 chain, 1 dc] in chain spaces of previous round. Round 8 will have 11 dc on each side of hexagon. Round 9 will have 13 dc on each side of hexagon. Fasten off colour D.

Round 10: Join colour E. Chain 2 (count as hdc). Continue working 1 hdc in each dc of round 9. Work *1 hdc, 2 chain, 1 hdc* in corner shell spaces. Join with sl st in chain.

If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message or comment on the pattern on Ravelry. If you’re on Ravelry please link to the pattern when you’ve used it because I would love to see how your hexagons look. You can also add your hexagons to the Crochet For Kidneys Part II Ravelry group so that we can all gawk and ooh and aaah about your pretty hexagons.

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