Hexeh by Teri B.

Hexeh

by Teri B.
Knitting
April 2017
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in reversible hexagons
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 10 - 6.0 mm
678 - 748 yards (620 - 684 m)
33cm (13”) tall & 135cm (53”) around
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A REVERSIBLE INFINITY SCARF:

Hexeh is an infinity scarf/oversized cowl knitted in the round using slipped stitches, elongated stitches and brioche techniques mixed with regular purl stitches to create a reversible hexagons pattern.

The pattern is made fully reversible by carrying the yarn up differently between the rounds. The yarn is not cut at any point of the pattern. You’ll only have 4 ends to weave in.

The name Hexeh was created by taking the prefix hex- (meaning six), ‘mirroring’ it and making it into a palindrome (a word which read the same forwards and backwards) to reflect the reversibility of this infinity scarf.

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DIMENSIONS & BLOCKING:

The finished Hexeh infinity scarf will be 33cm (13”) tall & 135cm (53”) around.
You’ll want to lightly block the finished Hexeh to get a neater look but you shouldn’t have to stretch the fabric too much to hit the gauge.
The Hexeh shown in the pictures only grew by about 2.5cm (1 inch) during blocking.

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GAUGE:

21 sts and 40 rows per 10 cm in reversible hexagons pattern, lightly blocked.

Since there’s a lot of slipped stitches in this pattern, it may be tricky to measure your gauge correctly. Here’s the best way to do it:
- A full repeat of rounds A through R (18 rounds) should be 4.5cm (1.75”) tall.
- Two hexagons (16 sts) should be 7.5cm (2.95”) wide.

So in effect:
16 sts and 18 rounds = 7.5cm x 4.5cm (2.95” x 1.75”) in reversible hexagons pattern, lightly blocked (recommended needle size = 4mm).

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SUPPLIES:

Yarn:

  • 384m (420 yards) of worsted weight yarn in Main Color (MC) – shown in Malabrigo Rios – colorway 131 Sand Bank (grey-ish beige in the pictures)
  • 300m (327 yards) of worsted weight yarn in Contrasting Color (CC) – shown in Garnstudio DROPS Karisma – colorway 73 Petrol (blue in the pictures)

PLEASE NOTE: Garnstudio DROPS Karisma is listed as a DK weight yarn on Ravelry. However, it’s a heavy DK (100m (109yards) per 50g) and knits up almost exactly like a worsted weight yarn (21 sts per 10cm in stockinette on 4mm needles). For reference, Malabrigo Rios is 192m (210 yards) per 100g (that’s 96m (105 yards) per 50g) and is listed as a worsted weight yarn on Ravelry.

Needles & Notions:

  • 4mm (US 6) and 6mm (US 10) circular needles (or size to match the gauge and a circular needle 2mm bigger). The larger needle will only be used to cast on and bind off the stitches.
  • a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round.
  • a darning needle to weave in the ends.

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DIFFICULTY & TECHNIQUES/STITCHES USED:

Difficulty level: intermediate to advanced.
If you don’t have any experience handling slipped stitches, dropping yarn overs and working in brioche in the round, this pattern will probably be quite challenging.
There’s a lot of purling, too. I love purling. Purling’s awesome. But that’s an unpopular opinion, it seems. So… you’ve been warned ;)

Techniques used: in this pattern you’ll need to:

  • purl
  • p2tog
  • yo
  • slip sts (with yarn in the front and yarn in the back)
  • sl1yo
  • slip a st AND its yo (this special technique is explained in detail in -the pattern)
  • drop yo
  • brioche knit (brk) and brioche purl (brp)

The instructions are written using abbreviations.

Diagrams and pictures are included to explain the most unusual/possibly challenging techniques.

In addition, whenever an ‘unusual’ technique is used, the round is explained in details (not just using abbreviations) so that you don’t have to overthink what to do with the working yarn at any point.

ALSO: You will be required to carry the yarn up a certain way after each round (otherwise the finished Hexeh would not be FULLY reversible). The pattern includes diagrams that show how to carry the yarn up discreetly (for both left handed and right handed knitters).

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I blabbered about how Hexeh came to be here on my blog, if you are curious ;)