Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Hex Files

Where have I been? Working on this Hex Afghan.

Life has been awfully busy lately. My contract year at work is winding down and I'm trying to get a lot done in what little amount of time I've got left. We've been busy with chorus functions and trying to get some work done around the house -- both inside and out. Precious little time for knitting. And the best time of year for knitting big wads of warm toasty wool? -- not summer.

But I've been able to put some work into this afghan little by little, and I'm pleased with how it's turned out. It was a pretty uncomplicated pattern, yet it still looks cool. My favorite kind of thing to knit.

But not my favorite kind of thing to knot. Which is where I am these days. The instructions call for long fringe to be attached and then knotted in a kind of two-row lattice pattern. You can kind of see it on the cover of the book from which I got the pattern:

I think I've figure out how to do it, but I'm a little unclear on how to get the lattice even. I'm thinking of using a glass or some other object to knot the yarn around so that I maintain some kind of consistency. And there is still some blocking left to do. But since our spare bedroom -- the official blocking chamber -- is scattered with materials for fixing cracks in drywall, it may be a while before I get to that part of the project. I really do think I need to block it before I add the fringe. I want to jump the gun, but I'm sure I'd regret it.

Here's another closeup detail of the knitting so that you can see the bifurcated hex pattern.

I really want to get back to some sock knitting. I haven't knitted a stitch on a sock in over a month and I'm jonesin'.


  1. This is so weird -- I just wondered today where you were! And I know what you mean about the fringe -- I think that double knotted fringe looks so cool, but ANY sort of fringe is a total pain.

  2. Are you trying to figure out how to get the fringe even?

    If so, you cut it AFTER it's tied on. Just make all the fringies longer than you think you'll need, and whip out your handy cutting mat and rotary cutter to even them up after you're done. (Or, visit your friends in PA to use their handy cutting mat and rotary cutter!)

  3. Janelle --

    The issue isn't the ends of the fringe -- it's that you split the fringe and knot them at 45 degree angles in a kind of lattice pattern. I'm trying to make sure the distances between each of the knots is the same. That's the tricky part.

    But man, what I wouldn't give to be visiting y'all in Pennsylvania right now. As long as it's not raining...

  4. its looking so fab. love it.. great color choice, too.