New FO: Hexagonal cube

Suzie Blackman
Sunday, 28 April 2013

You might remember seeing this project at an early stage back in 2011, when I set about transforming a low-cost IKEA footstool into a beautiful piece of furniture…

Hexagon-covered IKEA footstool

This project was to become the prototype for my Hexagon Blanket pattern – knitting a flat hexagon being a tricky thing to perfect!

It has been an elaborate project – knitted at a tighter gauge than usual then lightly felted in order to create a dense fabric, suitable for upholstery. Earlier pieces were misshapen after felting and had to be aggressively blocked. I machine-sewed the pieces together with raw edges exposed, but I wasn’t happy with how it looked and I decided to blanket-stitch over the edges with black yarn. I added a black garter-stitch band around the bottom to balance the uneven edges and complement the black stitching.


The project took quite a lot of yarn, as you’d expect – mainly used Noro Silk Garden in shade 204 and Kureyon in shade 124, as well as numerous left-overs. I discovered quite early on that switching yarns mid hexagon looks much better at the start of a segment.

I thought I’d chosen relatively muted colours and was taken aback by how characteristically bold the piece is. It seems that I just can’t help myself! It also demonstrates that combining brights with neutrals makes them pop even more.

Full details of the yarns used are on the Ravelry project page.

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Suzie Blackman

The dyer, designer, photographer, creative technologist and maker-of-things behind It's a Stitch Up. She lives in East London in a home filled with colour, fluff and house plants.

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