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#FlashbackFriday Crochet Link Blast: Week 16: Hexagon Motifs

#FlashbackFriday #LinkBlast: roundup of 20+ free #crochet patterns with hexagons on @ucrafter
On Fridays, I share a link blast on G+, Twitter and Facebook to get you excited about crocheting all weekend! In keeping with the #FlashbackFriday meme, I’m sharing patterns were first released at least 12 months ago.

Today, I’m sharing a roundup of 20+ free crochet patterns including hexagons! There are a lot of fun projects you can make with six sides! All photos are used with permission of the respective designers.

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Roundup of 20+ free #crochet patterns with hexagons on @ucrafterCircle Hexagon (photo 6), Popcorn Hexagon (photo 11), and Post Stitch Hexagon (photo 1), free crochet patterns by @ucrafter (that’s me!): These three hexagons are interchangeable and make great face scrubbies, baby washcloths, or blanket motifs!

African Flower Pillowcase by Emily Lucero Wood/Mon Ami Creationz: This is really more of a formula for making a pillowcase using hexagons, and it includes a link to the free African Flower Hexagon pattern.

Hexagon Fall Flower Tote (photo 10), free crochet pattern by @crochetncrafts: This pattern includes the hexagon motif and detailed assembly instructions.

African Flower Motif, free crochet pattern by @fignations via Crochet Uncut: This variation on the popular motif includes links to tutorials.
Granny Hexagon (photo 5), free crochet pattern by @petalstopicots: This lovely 3 round hexagon pattern also includes links to a join-as-you-go tutorial and edging pattern so you can make your own granny hexagon blanket.

Ruby Hexagon Blanket, free crochet pattern by @novamade: This lovely throw is made with 39 8.5″ hexagons.

Hexagon Shells and Ladders Baby Blanket (photo 12), free crochet pattern by @crochetncrafts: This hexagonal blanket is crocheted in one piece and uses the Jacob’s Ladder stitch.

Posey Throw, free crochet pattern by Nanette M. Seale/Kindred Hearts Designs via @RedHeartYarns: This vibrant floral motif throw will brighten up any room!

Memaw Square, free crochet pattern by @stitch11_corina: These 5 round hexagons are great stashbusters.

Bobbly Flower Hexagon, (photo 3), free crochet pattern by Mad Blanketer: This textured pattern also has several partner patterns, including the Bobble Flower Mandala, the Half Bobbly Flower Hexagon, and the Bobbly Flower Square.

Elizabeth’s Joy, free crochet pattern by Allyson Kop: This Ravelry download includes two PDFs – a printer-friendly pattern and a detailed pattern with photo tutorial.

Hexagon Hotpad (photo 4), free crochet pattern by Carol Schoenfelder: This ridged hexagon would also make a great blanket motif.

Starburst Hexagon, free crochet pattern by Jenni Ford: This motif pattern includes a detailed photo tutorial.

Pied Beauty (photo 7), free crochet pattern by Megan Speakes: The designer named this lovely floral hexagon after a poem.

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Orange Motif (photo 8), free crochet pattern by @ravliki: This pattern includes process photos and a stitch diagram along with pattern abbreviations.

Star Flower Hexie, free crochet pattern by @TheIndieLovely: This pattern is shared through a video tutorial.

Love at First Sight (photo 9), free crochet pattern by Sucrette: This four round hexagon pattern is shared through a stitch diagram.

Kaleidoscope Throw, free crochet pattern by Katherine Eng via @RedHeartYarns: This join-as-you-go pattern features a video tutorial.

Jasmine Stitch No. 4 – 6 petals with puffs in the round (photo 2), free crochet pattern by @ArrorroColores: This is a challenging but stunning motif pattern using the Jasmine stitch, also known as the star stitch. Available in English and Spanish.

Hexagon Flower, free crochet pattern by Paula Matos: This cute floral hexagon pattern is available in English and German.

If you enjoyed this roundup, follow my Crochet Motif Patterns (Not Squares!) Board on Pinterest!

Hispanic Heritage Month 2012 Interview Series: Sara Palacios from Arrorró en Colores

This post is part of my 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month interview series.

Today, I’m interviewing Argentinian crochet designer Sara Palacios, the mind behind Arrorro en Colores (known as Colorful Lullabies in English).  Sara can be found online on her website, Ravelry (as SaraBea and in the Colorful Lullabies store), Etsy, Facebook, and Flickr.  All pictures are used with her permission.

Underground Crafter (UC): How did you learn to crochet?

Sara: I’ve liked handicrafts since I was a child. My mother was a dressmaker and I grew up watching her as she created new things, being passionate about fabrics, textures, shapes, and colors. When I was 10, she taught me the basics of crochet, knitting and embroidery. I also learned a lot from my aunts, who where always crocheting doilies, and from the craft magazines that they used to give me: they were the best gift I could get!

UC: When did you first become passionate about afghans?

Sara: At age 15, I crocheted a multicolor granny square using yarn remains and made a pillow with it. It was then that I discovered the magic of harmonizing colors and I wanted to crochet a blanket for my bed. This time I made it with new brightly colored wool. Since then, I came up with several ideas that I kept as projects to do some day, such as the illusions of stacked cubes. During the following 27 years, I crocheted some simple blankets and other things, but I did not realize any of these early projects because there was always something missing: time or money.

In 2008, I could make the first of the blankets I had been planning to do for so long. After that I could never stop imagining new things.

 

Hexagon Spiral pattern.

UC: What inspired you to start designing?

Sara: To copy other people’s models in an exact way – as beautiful as the model may have been – bored me. For example, I needed to combine the design of a pattern with a different stitch from another, and the colors of a flower in my garden. In other words, I needed to add something personal to it. And so, unexpected things started to come up. Any aspect of life that makes me feel passionate or that suggests beauty or excellence to me can be the source of inspiration for a crochet design: nature, art, dreams, maths, science or everyday experiences.

 

Flower Rug pattern.

UC: Tell us about crochet in Argentina.

Sara: In general, crochet is picked up within the family as grandmothers, mothers and aunts teach you. However, today it is also learned through the Internet. In some places, they teach courses to learn or perfect crochet techniques. Usually, we learn both knitting and crochet but, as time goes by, we tend to choose crochet.

I believe that in the last years we, crocheters, are becoming more and more well-known, and we have started meeting in groups mostly thanks to social networks. In addition, there are also more young people crocheting nowadays.

This increasing popularity in crochet has to do in part with initiatives for solidarity that consist in getting granny squares of a certain size so as to make blankets to donate to hospitals and retirement homes. In particular the group Tejiendo por un Sueño (Knitting/Crocheting for a Dream) on Facebook gets thousands of knitters and crocheters together, and it also provokes an infectious enthusiasm that is both enriching and motivating. In this way more people want to crochet again which, the way I see it, has to do with the ‘magic’ of the granny squares: The possibility of combining colors, of giving new life and use to the leftovers of other handicrafts, of getting unique products and also of working with and for the community.

UC: Most of your patterns are available in English (both US and UK terms) and in Spanish.  What made you decide to sell bilingual patterns?

Sara: I had always wanted to write patters, but I had never imagined myself doing it in English. I opened my shop on Etsy with the intention of selling blankets, but people started to ask me for the patterns, and so I decided to write them in both languages. I am happy to be able to share them with more people.

Joy: Hexagon and Triangle Blanket pattern.

UC: Do you have any favorite Spanish or English language crochet or craft blogs to share?

Sara: Crochet soñado by Claudia Daneu is an Argentine blog with many video crochet patterns that explain very nice stitches and interesting variations.  Tejido Crochet is another Argentine crochet blog with original designs and graphics.  Mi Sala de Costura is a Spanish patchwork and craft blog, which also includes beautiful crochet patterns.

In English, I like Fiddlesticks and the crochet techniques of Vashti Braha, among other blogs.  (UC comment: I’m a huge fan of Vashti’s blog and newsletter, and I also interviewed her back in January.)

 

Wonder, crochet flower blanket pattern.

UC: What’s next for Arroro en Colores?

Sara: I have a lot of projects. Most of my patterns are still in my head or in a draft. I crochet and write when I have free time to do it. I make my living working on computing with computers and crochet is just a hobby.  I would like to be able to spend more hours on it, although I don’t want to hurry: crocheting is precisely about going slowly step by step.

 

Thanks so much, Sara, for stopping by to share your thoughts with us!

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