YoYo Crochet is a fun technique that creates joining “balls” by working the bottom half of the yoyo with the first round/row off the working chain then the second, top half of them on the other side of the working chain with the second round/row. It can be used to create different projects with rows or rounds. In this pattern, hexagons are created with rounds of yoyo, joined to create the center column, then rows are worked to create the zigzag rows off the column center. Since the hexagons are easily modified for other blankets, there’s notes at the end for joining hexagons for a full blanket of these fun YoYo hexagons!
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Color and Size Blanket Notes
For the Throw Sized box (11 skeins) and Large Throw Sized box (15 skeins), the color notes are the same. Color A-C are the solid colors and the order of the solid colors is up to you since they’re the same amounts per skein. Color C only has one round in each hexagon and therefore the hexagons does not use a full skein like the other two colors will. The hexagons use up about the same amount of yarn of Color A and B. Lastly- Color D is the variegated yarn with one less skein available compared to each of the solid colors.
For the sizing and design overview, the hexagons are created and joined together in a row to create the length. Then the ripple rows (zigzags) are added to either side of the hexagons to create width in rows. For the Throw Sized Box, there are 4 hexagons created (~58 inches long after joined) and for the Large Throw box, there are 5 hexagons created (~72 inches long). After the hexagons are joined, each set of rows (one row of the same color on either side of the hexagons strip) add about 3 inches of width and the zig zags are worked until there is not enough yarn left. At the end of the pattern booklet, there are notes for an alternative design of all hexagons with the same hexagon pattern and no zigzag rows.
Yarn Over (yo); Space (sp); Stitch (st); Skip (sk); Loop (lp)
Chain (ch): with one lp on hook, yo and pull through the lp on hook
Slip Stitch (sl st): insert hook into target sp, yo and pull through sp AND lp on hook
Single Crochet (sc): insert hook into target sp, yo and pull through sp, yo and pull through both lps on hook
Double Crochet (dc): yo, insert hook into target sp, yo and pull through sp, yo and pull through two lps on hook two times
Small Shell (sm shell): 3 dc in same sp
Medium Shell (med shell): 9 dc in same sp
Large Shell (lg shell): 12 dc in same sp
Join: drop loop from hook, insert hook into sp indicated, pick up dropped loop and pull through
Valley Joining YoYo Shell:
Corner YoYo Shell:
ZigZag Joining Shell:
ZigZag Valley Joining Shell:
ZigZag Peak Joining Shell:
Each yoyo is ~1.5 inches in diameter.
Each hexagon prior to joining round is 11 inches from edge to opposite edge/13 inches from corner to opposite corner.
Each ZigZag row set adds about 1.5 inches on either side of the column.
Pattern is completed with size G Crochet Hook.
For all working chains- keep tighter chains creates less of a gap at center of yoyos
YoYo Hexagon Prior to Joining
For first hexagon only:
Stitches Count: 6 corner yoyo shell, 24 valley joining yoyo
Stitches Count: 30 yoyos completed, each with 16 dc for edge yoyos and 17 dc for corner yoyos
After the first hexagon has Round 10 and 11 completed, the next hexagon can be joined to the first hexagon.
For the second hexagon and on, the hexagons are being connected in a column by working the “top” of the hexagon to the bottom (opposite side) of the last one.
Round 10: SAME as above
Round 11 (Joining Round):
Stitches Count: 30 yoyos completed with two corners and the edge in between connected to a hexagon.
After the hexagons are joined in a column, the zigzag rows are added to either side of the column to add width. It is recommended to work the next color choice on BOTH sides of the column prior to moving to the next color/row on one side to ensure the symmetry and the usage of the yarn evenly. This is more necessary when on the last skein of yarn for each color.
Set-up Row 1:
Stitches Count: 49 bottom proportion of yoyos for 4 hexagon columns, 61 for 5 hexagon columns
ZigZag Row 2:
Stitches Count: 49 completed yoyos for 4 hexagon columns, 61 for 5 hexagon columns
Continue adding rows on either side of the column with ZigZag Row 1 (below) and Row 2 (above) in color order desired until there is no yarn left.
The YoYo Hexagon without Joining Round section pattern is the same for all Hexagons with this technique. So if desired, you can make hexagon motifs and join them to make full hexagon blankets. The size of the hexagon is easily modified by removing or adding rounds in sets of two. The beginning chain is always 36 more chains than the previous round’s beginning chain and the main difference between sets of rounds is the number of Valley Joining YoYo Shell completed per side of the hexagon.
When working a full hexagon blanket, the joining round in this pattern is good for joining top to bottom of hexagons but if making a full blanket of hexagons is desired, joining a corner to two-already-joined-corner is another consideration. For corners- the total dc is always 12.
For those joins, complete (at corner): 5 dc, join to 5th dc of corresponding yoyo on first hexagon to be joined, 2 dc in same sp as last dc (center of yoyo), sk next 2 dc on next hexagon corner to be joined, join in next dc, 5 dc
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