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"Sempervivum are adorable succulents that fill in garden spaces between rocks. They are beautiful all year, even in winter, though their flowers do look like Martian invaders. Hexagons have similar space filling properties. Each motif is made in the round from the center out, cast off, blocked, then mattress stitched to it’s friends. The pattern includes a construction chart showing the order and arrangement of bind off tails, which are then hid in the seams. You still have to sew (a lot) but it’s orderly. If you want a different shawl shape, just draw it on hexagonal graph paper, and allow enough yarn; I got 5 hexagons out of each skein. If you make a whole lot of hexagons, you can use the motif for a baby blanket or even an entire couch afghan."
Knitting Needle Size5 or 3.75 mm
Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)
- Brown Sheep Company, Inc. Nature Spun 3-ply sport (100% wool; 184 yards [168 meters]/50 grams): Color 135 Hurricane Seas, 6 balls
- Stitch Markers
- Tapestry Needle
Shawl Instructions Hexagon Motif Make 30 Using the Circular cast-on, CO 12 sts. Be sure to leave a long tail because you’ll be wrapping it around the circular cast on and weaving in it 3 times (this is noted in finishing but we wanted to mention it now). Pm for beg of rnd and join in the rnd, being careful not to twist sts. Rnds 1 and 2: Knit around; 12 sts. Rnd 3: *K1, yo, k1. Rep from * around; 18 sts. Rnd 4: *(K1, yo) x 2, k1. Rep from * around; 30 sts. Rnd 5: *K1, yo, k3, yo, k1. Rep from * around; 42 sts. Rnds 6 and 7: Knit around. Rnd 8: K7, yo. Rep from * around; 48 sts. Rnd 9: Ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo. Rep from * around. Rnd 10: *C4D, yo, k1, CDI, k1, yo. Rep from * around. No change to the stitch count. Rnd 11: *K1, yo, k7, yo. Rep from * around; 60 sts. Rnd 12: *K5, CDI, k4. Rep from * around; 72 sts. Rnd 13: *P1, k11. Rep from * around. Rnd 14: *K6, CDI, k5. Rep from * around; 84 sts. Rnd 15: *P1, ssk, k9, k2tog. Rep from * around; 72 sts. Rnd 16: *Yo, k1, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog. Rep from * around. Rnd 17: *Yo, p3, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog. Rep from * around. Rnd 18: *Yo, k5, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog. Rep from * around. Rnd 19: *Yo, p7, yo, C4D Rep from * around. 60 sts. Rnd 20: *Yo, k4, CDI, k4, yo, k1. Rep from * around; 84 sts. Rnd 21: Purl around. Rnd 22: K6, CDI, k7. Rep from * around; 96 sts. Rnd 23: Purl around. Partial Rnd 24: K9. (This puts your yarn tail on a corner ready to sew to the other hexagons.) Finishing Bind off. Weave in the CO tails threading it through the initial CO loop and continuing around and around about 3 times through to get a raised button effect. Block Hexagons to 7 1/2” [19.5 cm] from point to point through the center. They will spring back to finished size when they are dry, but the holes will stay open.
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