A few months ago I was clicking around and came across a blog post that described the blogger's experience crocheting a couple of granny hexagons, folding them in half so they formed an upside down "L" shape, and connecting them into a cardigan/shrug. I thought it was an intriguing idea and I made note of it to try sometime.
For my birthday a couple of weeks ago a friend sent me 8 balls of Lion Brand Amazing yarn. It is a beautifully soft, fuzzy, colour-changing yarn )blend of wool and acrylic) and as soon as I saw it, two things popped into my mind--the hexi cardi and arm warmers. I have to wear wrist/arm warmers most of the time now because my hands are so sensitive, often ache, and look pretty rough due to chilblains. Wrist warmers take care of the ache, so I wear them. I set aside two balls of Amazing to make a pair of simple ribbed arm warmers, gathered up the remaining 6 balls and some wool I'd gotten at the charity shop and started crocheting a hexagon. Although the original cardi I saw was done in a traditional granny design, I knew any hexagon would work and opted to make up my own so it would be a bit more lacy.
I finished last night and sat down this afternoon to weave in ends and sew on the button I'd decided to add. It is the last glass button I have left from several that a friend gave me years ago when we lived in southern Oregon. I am really happy with this! This is the front:
This is the back:
Here is a bit of detail--you can see where the beginning of the hexagon started under the arm.
The post that inspired me is here
She has in progress photos that show the construction details. As I was working on this, I would sometimes think I should take photos at various stages but I was too lazy! This was the project I worked on while sitting in bed at night listening to podcasts and I never did find the desire to leave my comfy spot in order to get the camera from downstairs.
I can see many possibilities for this and it would be great for odd balls and scraps. Different stitches would create a thicker garment. Lots of ways to just play around and end up with a funky, unique cardigan/shrug/jacket.
The first arm warmer is almost done--just a few more inches of ribbing left.