The beauty of learning a new skill (eg 2-at-a-time-toe-up socks) is that it can be transferred to other things. Like this...
It has been five months since this project was mentioned so I suppose a recap is in order. I started my Beekeeper's Quilt waaaaaaaay back in August 2011 and I've had an on-again-off-again relationship with it ever since (you can see the various posts here if you are so inclined). It really seems to be abstinence or binge - one day they seem irresistible, and the next I can't stand the thought of making another. It's that type of project. The prospect of making more than one at a time certainly helps me imagine that it will be finished one day! For those who asked for tips on this technique when I posted on Instagram, here's a step-by-step guide. Hope you find it helpful.
Before you start you will need:
- the Beekeeper's Quilt pattern from Tiny Owl Knits
- a long circular needle in your chosen size - I use 3.25mm which is smaller than the pattern
- several balls of sock/4 ply yarn - it's helpful to use different colours while you get used to the technique
- crochet hook (or tapestry needle) for bind off
- Using Judy's Magic cast on, cast on the first hexipuff so that you have 10 stitches on each needle.
- Slide the first 'puff along the needles and repeat the cast on using your second yarn.
- Repeat step 2 until you have as many 'puffs as can comfortably fit on your needle/cable, remembering they double in size at the middle - for me it's 3 hexipuffs at a time on an 80cm cable (pictured) or 4 on a 100cm needle.
- When all of your puffs are on the needle, knit the first side of the first 'puff as per the pattern (I personally find an initial knit row before following the pattern gives a nicer shape)
- When the first one is done, change yarn and work the next 'puff. Continue to do this, knitting both sides of the work as per the pattern and stuffing with filling while on the needles.
- When it's time to bind off, simply work your way around the needles, binding off one side at a time either with a hook as per the pattern or using your preferred bind off.
- When you turn your work, the different balls of yarn are at considerable risk of tangling - try to alternate the direction you turn (clockwise and then anti-clockwise) to prevent this.
- To prevent laddering along the sides, pull the yarn extra-snug for the first few stitches of each puff and if the loop at the end of the cable is pulling the stitches apart, put a twist in it which will stop this happening.