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Impossible Hexagon 12 inch Afghan Granny Square

From star to hexagon to lacework to square, the differing colour choices give this square a unique look every time. Happy crocheting !!

Impossible Hexagon COLLAGE-4

A big thank you to the wonderful ladies who allowed me to picture their squares: Top row (from L to R): my square, then Crystal’s square, and Crystal’s second square. Bottom row: Letitia’s square, Sharon’s square and Daphne’s square. There are many more colour combinations on the Ravelry.com pattern page. Thank you to Anne for this lovely blue version:

Blue hexagon

Impossible Hexagon 12” Afghan/Granny Square
By Stramenda, tested by LaughingPurple and HappyPeacock

THIS IS THE US TERMS VERSION.  AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE YOU WILL FIND A UK VERSION. Go there to see the beautiful square pictured there.

Hook size 5.5mm
DK (8 ply) yarn – US terms
Colours: Square can be made in two or more contrasting colours. Change colours wherever you like by fastening off, and starting with a new colour in the same spot. If continuing rows in the same colour, do not fasten off.

Terms:
DC – US Double Crochet
SC – US Single Crochet
TRC – US Treble Crochet
Sl st – Slip Stitch
Sk – Skip
Ch – Chain
Sp – space

To start: Ch5, join with a sl st to form a ring.

Round 1
Ch 3 to count as the first DC, work 11 more DC in the ring; join with a sl st to the top of the beginning Ch 3. (12 DC)

Round 2
Ch 3, 2DC in same space, (sk1 stitch, ch3, 3DC in next DC) 5 times. CH3, join with sl st to first ch3. (6 groups of 3DC)

Round 3
Join with sl st in any ch3 space [in ch3 space - SC, ch1, DC, ch1, TRC, ch1, DC, ch1, SC, ch1 (petal made) then in the middle of the next 3DC group SC, ch1] 6 times. Join with sl st to first SC. (6 petals).

Round 4
Join with sl st. In between petals on the SC, Ch4 . 6 TRC in same st. [Ch1, SC in the middle of the petal on the TRC ch1, 7 TRC in next DC in between petals] 5 times. Ch1, SC middle of petal, ch1, join top of 1st ch3.

Round 5
Join with sl st to the ch1 space on the left of any SC from Round 4. SC into same ch1 space, *[ch3, skip 1 stitch, SC into next stitch] X 3, [ch3, SC into ch1 space] X 2*, repeat from * to * to the end, replacing final SC with a slip stitch into the first SC. (30 loops)

Round 6
Sl st into next ch3 space
SC in same space, [ch3, SC into next space] 5 times
*Ch4, skip next ch3 space and work SC into top of next SC, ch4, skip next ch3 space and skip SC, then SC into next ch3 space*
[ch3, SC into next ch3 space] 12 times
Repeat from * to * once more
[Ch3, SC into next ch3 space] 6 times. Ch3, sl st into top of SC from beginning of round. (28 loops)

Round 7
Slip stitch into next loop, SC in same loop, [Ch4, SC into next loop] to end. Join with sl st to first SC. (28 loops).

Round 8
Sl st into next space. SC into same space. [Ch5, SC into next ch4 space.
Ch 6, SC in next ch 4 space, Ch 5, SC in next ch4 space *Ch 3, SC in next ch4 space* - making *to* four times] X4, replacing final SC with a slip stitch into the first SC. (28 loops)

Round 9
Sl st into next ch5 space, ch3, 4DC into same space.
*7 TRC into next ch6 space
5 DC into next ch5 space
3DC into next 4 ch3 spaces. <5DC into next ch5 space.>*
Repeat from * to * three more times. Omitting < to > last time.
Join to first DC with sl st.

Round 10
Join with sl st into next DC, ch 3, DC in next st and every st around, putting 3 DC in each corner Join to first DC with sl st.

Round 11
Repeat round 10

Round 12
Repeat round 10

Fasten off. Weave in all ends. This square will need to blocked. Pin out corners to open up the lacework stitches.

© Stramenda

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UK TERMS Version

Translation done by Shelley (Spincushions on Ravelry).  Thanks Shelley!  

Shelley’s square above, absolutely beautiful work !

Hook size 5.5mm
DK (8 ply) yarn – UK Terms

Colours: Square can be made in two or more contrasting colours. Change colours wherever you like by fastening off, and starting with a new colour in the same spot. If continuing rows in the same colour, do not fasten off.

Terms:
TR – treble Crochet
DC – double Crochet
DTR – double treble Crochet
Sl st – Slip Stitch
Sk – Skip
Ch – Chain
Sp – space

To start: Ch5, join with a sl st to form a ring.

Round 1
Ch 3 to count as the first TR, work 11 more TR in the ring; join with a sl st to the top of the beginning Ch 3. (12 TR)

Round 2
Ch 3, 2TR in same space, (sk1 stitch, ch3, 3TR in next TR) 5 times. CH3, join with sl st to first ch3. (6 groups of 3TR)

Round 3
Join with sl st in any ch3 space in ch3 space – DC, ch1, TR, ch1, DTR, ch1, TR, ch1, DC, ch1 (petal made) then in the middle of the next 3TR group DC, ch1 6 times. Join with sl st to first DC. (6 petals).

Round 4
Join with sl st. In between petals on the DC, Ch4 . 6 DTR in same st. Ch1, DC in the middle of the petal on the DTR ch1, 7 DTR in next TR in between petals 5 times. Ch1, DC middle of petal, ch1, join top of 1st ch3.

Round 5
Join with sl st to the ch1 space on the left of any DC from Round 4. DC into same ch1 space, ch3, skip 1 stitch, DC into next stitch X 3, ch3, DC into ch1 space X 2, repeat from * to * to the end, replacing final DC with a slip stitch into the first DC. (30 loops)

Round 6
Sl st into next ch3 space
DC in same space, ch3, DC into next space 5 times Ch4, skip next ch3 space and work DC into top of next DC, ch4, skip next ch3 space and skip DC, then DC into next ch3 space ch3, DC into next ch3 space 12 times Repeat from * to * once more
Ch3, DC into next ch3 space 6 times. Ch3, sl st into top of DC from beginning of round. (28 loops)

Round 7
Slip stitch into next loop, DC in same loop, Ch4, DC into next loop to end. Join with sl st to first DC. (28 loops).

Round 8
Sl st into next space. DC into same space. Ch5, DC into next ch4 space. Ch 6, DC in next ch 4 space, Ch 5, DC in next ch4 space Ch 3, DC in next ch4 space - making tofour times X4, replacing final DC with a slip stitch into the first DC. (28 loops)

Round 9
Sl st into next ch5 space, ch3, 4TR into same space. 7 DTR into next ch6 space 5 TR into next ch5 space 3TR into next 4 ch3 spaces. Repeat from * to * three more times. Omitting < to > last time. Join to first TR with sl st.

Round 10
Join with sl st into next TR, ch 3, TR in next st and every st round, putting 3 TR in each corner Join to first TR with sl st.

Round 11
Repeat round 10

Round 12
Repeat round 10

Fasten off. Weave in all ends. This square will need to blocked. Pin out corners to open up the lacework stitches.
© Stramenda

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I have opened it with some lovely Handpainted yarn indulgence sets.  There are some gorgeous colorways to look at, in beautiful 100% Merino wool.

Click on the yarn picture to the right >> to have a look see, and sip a bubbly with me . . .

Champagne

A brilliant yarn swift !!

Yarn swift

My dad made this for me with pieces of wood he had lying around the garage.   It works great and I’m very excited !!!

Thanks dad, you did an EXCELLENT job !!!!!  :-)

Grandma’s scarf

My grandmother, Onorina (Nora, for short) passed away a few years ago (my Dad’s mum).  She was in her early nineties.

I kept this scarf that was one of her favourites, and it hangs in my wardrobe.  Walking past last week, I noticed something really special.  Now I know this would not be special to most people, but to me, this is:

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Little stitches, where she had once done a quick repair by hand, obviously a long time ago, because it came apart again.  When I saw this I just stopped, and stared at it for a long time.

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This was a scarf that she would wear to cover herself from cold or windy weather.

I smile as I think of her quiet, sometimes stubborn personality.  She used to talk a lot about what her life was like in Italy, and sing a lot of folk songs, she used to work in the silk mill, and all the working ladies would sing common songs as they worked . . .

No Ordinary Life

Do you just love an uplifting and encouraging song?

Here are two songs that I just have to tell you about. If you sing along to them, they will lift you amazingly. I have not included all the lyric, so you can learn more about Roma Waterman by clicking on her name below. The lyrics are just amazing . .



I Was Carried

by Roma Waterman

If you ask me how I’m feeling,

Was broken to pieces, Now I’m healing,

If you ask me, How I get through,

Something stronger, Than me and you

As I look back, I keep smiling,

Coz through the heartache, I kept fighting,

I’m not perfect, Some days I fall,

I don’t give up, Through it all

There has been, A kiss of grace,

On my weary tear-stained face,

And I cannot walk away, From this truth I know

I was carried in the arms of a stronger man,

I was lifted by the angel’s gentle hand,

I was rescued from the eye of a raging storm ,

I was given wings to fly over it all,

There’s no other way to say it,

I was carried . . .

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No Ordinary Life
by Roma Waterman

You can be all you want to be,

You gotta do all you can, So get yourself free,

I believe you’re a miracle child, Don’t be afraid to run yourself wild

We forget that before we die, We gotta dance through life to the music inside,

This is the song we need to be singing, This is the life we need to be living

I wanna to be 17 ’till I’m 95, I wanna live on the edge till I learn to fly,

Climb the mountain just to touch the sky yeaah,

See the world from a different view, Run this race til my dreams come true,

This is no ordinary life . . . .

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