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Yola
« on: June 13, 2009 04:11:15 AM »

A lot of help, really.

I started crocheting a few months ago, but I can't seem to get a hang of pattern-making. But I would love to make my boyfriend a blanket made out of tiles of a game he plays.

On the link below you can see what it looks like. Basically, there are 56 hexagonal tiles with different coloured lines. I'm having a lot of trouble to figure out how I'm supposed to crochet a hexagon (I know, I'm dumb!) and can't even begin to think about the coloured lines without my brain trying to escape through my ears.

I know it's a lot to ask, but maybe one of you talented people can help me out? I'd be eternally grateful and might even consider offering you the soul of my first-born child (etc).

At least check out the game. It's called Tantrix and seems to be a lot of fun if you're not me (I just can't get the hang of it). Happy to have found some of you a new way of procrastinating Wink

What the game looks like:
https://www.spellenwinkel.com/shop/images/unbranded-tantrix-game-pack.jpg
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EssHaych
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2009 07:28:14 AM »

There's this video on Youtube about how to make a hexagon; but there are holes in the corners.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2fjlmjzgIs

There's also this tutorial which is slightly different Smiley

http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/2008/11/hexagon-crochet.html

Hope that helps abit Cheesy

Looks like a cool game, btw! Grin
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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2009 08:19:07 AM »

Here's how I made hexagons:

ch 3
Rnd 1: 11 dc in 3rd ch from hook, join with a slst to the top of the ch3
Rnd 2: ch 2 (counts as a dc), dc into base of that ch, 2dc in each st, join. (24 stitches)
Rnd 3: ch 2 (counts as a dc), 2 dc into base of that ch, 1 dc in next 3 sts, *3dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 sts* repeat until you get all the way around, join (36 stitches, 6 3dc groups evenly spaced).

For all following rounds: 3dc in the middle st of the 3dc group of the previous round, 1 dc in all other stitches. Each round the stitch count increases by 12.


For the coloured lines, I'd probably crochet those separately and then sew them on.

Here's a blanket I made using that pattern:

I did a round of sc as a border on each of them, but mostly only because the game the blanket is based on has a thin border around each of the hexes.
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Yola
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2009 03:24:56 AM »

EssHaych, thanks for the links! I'm making granny hexagons like crazy now to get some practice.

fantasticmio, thanks! I'll try your method as soon as I get home. Just wanted to say I love the Catan blanket. It's brilliant. Makes me want to play again Wink

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Yola
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2009 01:59:07 PM »

So, tried making a hexagon and it actually looks hexagonal. That's a first! But how do you avoid all those holes? Am I crocheting too loosely?

Second, how do you sew on crochet without it becoming one big mess? I tried google, but can't find it.

Thanks in advance (again) to anyone who can help me out!

edit: I already found out what I was doing wrong to create more holes than necessary. The other question is still standing Wink
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« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2009 12:48:03 PM »

So, you're trying to embroider fairly thick wiggly lines on the black hexagons? How about making lengths of chain, or chain & sc, and sewing them on?
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Yola
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2009 01:38:33 PM »

So, you're trying to embroider fairly thick wiggly lines on the black hexagons? How about making lengths of chain, or chain & sc, and sewing them on?

That's what I think would be the best way to do it. But I can't find out how I should sew a crochet chain on without it becoming a big mess  Embarrassed
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« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2009 01:41:31 PM »

I would try a matching embroidery floss or thread and sew just a bit in from the edge.  For example, if you did a base chain with some sc or dc along it for the lines, you could sew under the v's on top of the stitches and just above the base chain.

I'm not sure how tricky it would be to not let the thread show up on the back side, but I'd try it and see how it goes.  I don't think it would be a hugely bad thing if it did show up, though, as long as your stitching was neat.

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« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2009 02:43:03 PM »

Rather than try to sew a chain onto your crochet, why not just slip stitch directly onto the surface? Here's a page that gives instructions and has several examples of the technique I'm talking about.
http://www.geocities.com/mwillsondesigns/SlipStitch/slipstitch.html
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