While involved in the 'great craft room clean up of 2012' - I found a little packet with some balls of cotton yarn and crocheted hexagons from a forgotten project.
It was supposed to be a pin cushion - from a pattern I bought from Ravelry, can't remember the name of the pattern maker.
I had 6 hexagons finished, and I think I only needed 8, but looking at it now, I think the reason I tossed it aside was that, as I was assembling it, I realised it was going to make a pretty big pincushion.
So I did what might be expected and turned it into a doily/thingy.
Anyway, I get quite a few people asking me about joining hexagon crochet, so I took the opportunity to photograph my steps to show those that need the know-how, how to join hexagons together.
I've only very roughly given the steps for crocheting the basic hexagon here, I am concentrating mainly on the joining.
PLEASE NOTE: I am speaking in UK crochet terms. So,
For the US crochet peeps -
UK dc = US sc
UK tr = US dc
I needed one more hexagon to complete my doily.
I started with a magic loop, and the first row (which I think might have been ch3, then 1tr plus1 ch x 11, join with sl. st.)
Join in new colour.
Work 2tr clusters in each space.
Now, please don't get confused by the fact that in the next photo, the colours have changed! I realised I was using the wrong colours and had to start again.
Join in next colour, 3 tr in each space.
Join in next colour, sl. st. in space between trebles, ch 4, sl. st in next space, all the way around. Sl st. into beginning sl. st. to join.
With same colour - sl. st into ch 4 loop, 4 tr, ch 3, 4 tr (makes a corner).
In next space, 4 tr,
In next space, make another corner.
Repeat above steps around. Sl. st to join.
The joining technique will work, no matter if you're making a doily or a blanket (or whatever).
Joining the hexagons
First, we need supplies.
To start with, we need to complete the next round (round 5) on one hexagon only.
See the one in the middle (picture below)?
It has 5 rows, the others still only have 4.
This is worked the same as round 4, except instead of 1 lot of 4 tr in between corners, we have 2 lots of 4 tr in between the corners.
Sl. st in ch 3 space in any corner.
4 tr, ch 3, 4 tr (makes a corner).
4 tr in next space.
4 tr in next space.
4 tr, ch 3, 4 tr in next corner.
(remember we are only doing this on one block at this stage)
Now we are going to attach the adjacent block to this completed one.
Make a corner as shown below.
continue along the side.
And continue along the next side (edge of hexagon) but only complete half the next corner.
ch1, then sl. stitch into the 3 chain loop of corner on completed block.
ch1, then complete the half done corner with the other 4 trebles.
Now, insert hook into next space on the completed block.
Do the next 4 treble on the block you are joining.
Continue like this down the side. (shown below)
When you come to the corner - work as for the previous corner you joined.
(Do the first 4 trebles of corner, ch.1, sl. stitch in corner loop of opposite block, ch. 1. complete the 4 treble on the corner.)
Work your way around this block to the beginning and sl. stitch to join.
Now we are going to join the block on the opposite side (with the orange outer row)
Work 1 complete edge, the work the next edge, up to the first 4 treble of the corner, ch.1, sl. st. in opposite corner, ch. 1, complete the corner with the 4 trebles.
Work up the side, do the next corner and complete the block as you did for the previous one.
Now we are joining the next row. Same way as before as you come down the first edge and do the first corner.
Now we have to join the corner into 2 opposite corners.
Do the first 4 treble. Ch. 1.
Sl. stitch into corner loop of block A.
Now sl. stitch into corner loop of block B.
Now ch. 1.
4 treble into corner of joining block to finish corner.
Continue along edge as before and next corner as before.
Complete this block.
With the next block, there are even more corners to join at.
Just complete each one as shown previously.
Look at image below to see where you are joining.
Now complete the bottom row the same way.
You can use this joining method for (adapted) for joining other types of crochet blocks.