On October 5th, Vickie Howell will start a ground breaking adventure with a community-funded first season of her new Knitting Show. “A Knitting & Crochet Series for the D#igital Age”, as her website puts it.
What does this have to do with hexagon pin loom weaving? Well.
Earlier this year I designed a hexagon shaped blanket, naturally made of pin loom woven hexagons. But as much as I liked the design, it has been sitting in its file folder, since I couldn’t come up with colors that I liked.
Then, a few weeks ago, Vickie Howell and the WEBS Yarns company announced new Vickie Howell colors for their Valley Superwash yarn.
The perfect match for the design! I placed my yarn order that same day. The yarn could have been made of sand paper, I just wanted those colors. But when the yarn arrived, it’s not only super wash, but also the softest Extra Fine Merino I’ve ever mail ordered.
Working the hexagons blanket was very enjoyable and done in a jiffy. The results are perfect: A soft fabric with even weave and a great drape, energetic colors that make you smile. An easy project with a big impression.
Best of all, we can finally demonstrate how you can make different sizes of the same project by just using different TURTLE looms:
The sample blanket, made with the original TURTLE Loom™, is the perfect size for traveling with baby in the car seat. Would make a great baby shower gift.
Then, make a matching doll size version for the new big sister, using the TinyTURTLE™ loom.
Or make a toddler size blanket for the new big brother, using the TexaTURTLE™ loom. That size will also serve greatly as lap throw or home accent.
If that is not enough variety, the design makes it easy to adjust the size: Add or subtract a round of hexagons to make the blanket bigger or smaller!
For your convenience, we’re offering a pattern for this blanket design in our Etsy store. The pattern includes an easy to use chart for how many hexagons to weave in each color, a color chart for the hexagon placements, and several tips that you may find helpful along the way while making the blanket. You can find the pattern here.
PS: The WEBS Valley Superwash yarn is of perfect weight for TURTLE hexagon pin loom weaving, and it is available in over 30 colors.