Since I knew that they were coming (months ago) I have been trying to think of what to craft while we have company. I couldn't get inspired to knit wintery things like mittens and scarves, because I am SO OVER winter.
Given that, I pulled out this item from my bucked list. It is the "Finish crocheting hexagon granny square afghan". This project was entirely inspired by one of my favorite bloggers, Lucy @ Attic24. She is a wonderful blogger and she inspired me to learn how to crochet a few years ago when I saw this post.
I immediately went to the yarn store and grabbed lots of yarns in lots of colors and started going on this project. I know that I needed 7 colors (thought process: a hexagon has 6 sides, plus one for the center = 7. But I didn't want any of the 6 sides, to be the same color as each other or as the center, so I needed 7 colors total, if that makes any sense at all to you). I wanted this afghan to be a summer blanket, so I made it out of cotton yarn so that it was nice and light. I used 100% Cotton Cotton Ease yarn in these colors:
(White, taupe, celery, off-white, coral, mustard, navy)
The accountant in me knew that I needed a plan of action to tackle all of these colors, so this is what I came up with to keep this project organized:
(Yes, I do understand that it might not make any sense at all to you, but it basically tells me which order to use the yarns, for each grouping of 7 hexagon squares. It really does make sense, I promise!)
Did I mention that I started this project long before I got engaged, so that makes it almost, umm, 2 years ago? I kind of lost my steam with the project and planning a wedding was a perfect reason to take a break. This is what I had accomplished already:
(There are 5 groups of 7 hexagons each which = 35 hexagons done!)
(I also had this group done, however, they weren't organized at all. This required some patience, as I had to match up each hexagon to the excel spreadsheet above and organize them as I did the others)
Ok! So here are all my hexagons, all sorted and organized so that I know how many rows I have done and how many I have left.
I have 8 stacks of 7 hexagons = 56 hexagons total. If you look at the excel file, you may noticed that I have 7 groups or rows of hexagons lined up. I mapped out what the hexagons will look like for 7 groups of hexagons. See the pic below... from left to right... that is row/group 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Notice that I have 2 stacks under row 1, that's because I plan on doing each row/group of hexagons two or 3 times to get a blanket big enough. So eventually I will have 2 or 3 of each row/group 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Makes perfect sense right? Sure....
I hope to make good headway on this project while my girlfriend and her daughter are visiting. I might just stop at 2 stacks for each row/group, which means that I will need to have 14 x 7 = 98 hexagons total. I have not yet tried to put the hexagons together and considering I am new to crocheting (like, this is my first project) I have literally no idea what I am going to do. I would really love some advice from all you crocheters out there!