So, what's a hexipuff, from where do they come, and what does one do with one? Well, not much with just one, but with a couple hundred you can make a knitted blanket.
My puffs are knitted using leftover sock yarn, with US 3, and are about 2.5 inches across (measuring side-to-side, NOT point-to-point).
Leave enough yarn when you finish your puff to work the graft stitches comfortably. I leave about a 15-inch length of yarn with which to close the puff, and then use remainder to join puffs together.
Place live stitches on needles smaller than those used to knit the puff -- just to make seeing & doing the grafting easier. Be sure the stitch with the working thread is on the back needle (from you).
Thread working yarn onto tapestry needle. Bring through 1st stitch on front needle purlwise -- as if you would purl the stitch. Pull yarn through--not too tightly--but leave stitch on knitting needle.
Now take needle, again purlwise, through the 1st stitch on the back needle. Pull the yarn through -- again, not too tightly.
This photo shows the next step. Here you are going knitwise -- as if you would knit the stitch -- through the 1st stitch on the front needle. Now you can let that 1st stitch slip off the front needle.
Now go purlwise through the next stitch on the front needle. (It was the 2nd stitch, now it's the 1st since you let the 1st stitch drop,)
Next go purlwise through the 1st stitch on back needle. Pull yarn through, as always not too tightly. You can snug up all the stitches when you finish grafting.
Now go knitwise through the 2nd stitch on the back needle. You can now slip the 1st stitch off the needle.
Now come back to the stitches on the front needle. The next three photos show how to do two steps at once: 1) Place the tapestry needle knitwise into the 1st stitch.
2) Let the 1st stitch on the front needle slip off the knitting needle.
3) Insert the tapestry needle purlwise in the now 1st stitch on the front knitting needle. As you pull the yarn you'll be coming through two stitches at once.
You can do the same two-in-one on the back stitches by going purlwise through the 1st stitch then knitwise through the 2nd stitch -- all on the back needle -- and drawing the yarn through in one pull.
The grafting can look a little wonky when you're done, but ...
Once the stitches are snugged up it will look just fine.
Find the original pattern for The Beekeeper's Quilt by here: http://tinyowlknits.wordpress.com/the-beekeepers-quilt/
- 1.0 completed hexipuff
- 2.0 knitting needles smaller than used to knit puff
- 1.0 tapestry needle
- enough yarn to work to live stitches