You were expecting a white couch in my front yard, perhaps?
There is something so very deeply satisfying about crochet. You can ask different crafters and get different answers; but, quite frankly, time-wise, you get a lot of bang for your buck. I made Babette in a month. That's how long it took me to make Ruby. It took me longer to weave loose ends and write the pattern. It also took me a while to decide whether I would release the pattern or not. After searching the internets and countless on-line library catalogs (or OPACs for you library types) for a traditional granny hexagon pattern and coming up empty-handed, I made one up. You can reverse engineer it, or, you can just use my pattern and save your time for working up your color combinations.
So, here she is. This is, yet another, blanket that is not destined to cozy up my home, it was made for a really artistic friend who loves bright colors. I think she will be pleased. I, too, am pleased, which means I will likely be making another one for my own abode...maybe two.
My friend wanted something that was "granny" but "not granny". I knew what she meant. I like hexagons, and I like to think of crocheted blankets as an opportunity to play with color, because these bright colors would never really occur to me on a normal occasion, I don't think. And I like squares, but they are so...square, and hexagons are... awesome.
I worked on this blanket quite a bit traveling to Kansas City for the funeral of Special K's grandmother, Ruby, who was a pretty amazing crocheter, so the name seemed pretty appropriate. When I finally finished this blanket, Special K said that it's "the coolest thing [I've] ever made." Really? Maybe. Yes, okay. I think so, too.
This is my first crochet pattern. In terms of skill, I am a much better knitter than I am a crocheter; but, I had some friends (thank you knitbloggers and flickr friends: Maryse, Bertha, Lauren, Anne and Emily) test the hexagon motif for me to ensure that my directions could, indeed, be duplicated. The description for the edging is long-winded with (what I think are helpful) photos because, quite frankly, if I was doing it for the first time, I would want to be walked through it. The edging is actually something I figured out after I finished the blanket. Oh, decreases in the corner joins, of course! I have listed the yarn and colors that I used; but, I have provided no color chart, because you should come up with your own combinations (that is really the *best* part of this project). You are smart fiber folk, I am sure your will come up with all sorts of fabulousness.
There will likely be ways that the pattern could be made better, if you have constructive criticism, please let me know and I will update the pattern to reflect constructive user feedback. So again, this is my first crochet pattern that I am putting out there for the masses, it is free, Happy January. Be nice. Have fun.