A hive of activity can come together to make this blanket! Ideal as a gift for a little one or for snuggling up on the sofa with your own handiwork. After taking a beekeeping course earlier this year, Ysolda was inspired by the way bees work together to produce honey and maintain the health of the colony. Working to a deadline can take the joy out of gift knitting, so with this blanket why not learn from the bees and team up with some friends to each make a hexagon that celebrates the bonds between you?
The Nectar Blanket is part of the Knitworthy 6 collection.
Knitworthy 6 is a compendium of half a dozen beautiful accessory patterns perfect for gift knitting.
For the Nectar Blanket we suggest knitting and blocking a hexagon, rather than a traditional gauge swatch, to get an idea of how you like the fabric. Use the included layout diagrams and size formulas to work out how many hexagons you'll need for your desired blanket size, whether that's for a baby or a king sized bed. You can choose to work the blanket in a single colour or many - a great way to use up any small scraps of yarn that you might have lying about! If you are keen on contrast, the garter stitch borders can be knit using another colour for an effect similar to quilt sashing.
The hexagons are knit in the round from the centre out and the lace pattern is simple, with the pattern including both written and charted instructions. The pattern includes directions all of the triangles and half hexagons, which are knit flat, needed to fill in the gaps and create a rectangular shape. After joining the pieces a garter stitch border is worked in the round to complete the blanket. Alternatively, you can create a more organic shape by simply joining hexagons.
Build your skills by following the links to our clear step-by-step tutorials.
Multi gauge (fingering – aran weight) the yarn weight chosen will determine how many pieces you need to complete a blanket.
Baby blanket to couch throw or larger Sizing will depend on yarn/gauge chosen and how many individual pieces you make
Our fingering weight baby blanket sample used 14 hexagons and measures approx 27" / 67cm x 31" / 77cm
Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sock (100% Merino, 4 oz / 113g, 400 yds / 365m) in Oliver and Charles Center. Sample used 2 skeins of Oliver and 1 of Charles Center.
Fingering / Sport
US 3 / 3.25mm needles for working small circumferences and long circular for edging
US 6 / 4mm needles for working small circumferences and long circular for edging
US 8 / 5mm needles for working small circumferences and long circular for edging
Stitch markers, safety pins or wonder clips, darning needle, crochet hook (optional)
Our patterns are thoroughly checked and tested but occasionally errors do slip through. These are updated in the patterns as soon as possible, and we also issue periodic updates to clarify directions, extend size ranges, or add more inclusive pattern formats.
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