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I made two Cascade Cardigans by Salena Baca and here’s what I think. Hexagon Cardigans are all over the internet right now. The bug has bitten me and I am completely obsessed. I’m currently making my fourth.
I am not affiliated with the designer mentioned, everything I share here is my own honest opinion.
What is a Hexagon Crochet Cardigan?
Hexagon Cardigans are very trendy right now and for a good reason! You simply crochet two Hexagons, fold each in half, and seam together. This simple construction offers endless room for customization. You can add sleeves, cuffs, collars, length, width, or even seam up 75% of the front for a fun pullover.
I purchased the PDF pattern from ETSY. The PDF is five pages long with extensive instructions, an assembly diagram, and a stitch chart.
An eager beginner can easily make this cardigan, in my opinion. This is honestly a really good option for a beginner looking to make their first garment. The main reason is the designer’s clear and concise writing style. The pattern is organized and edited to perfection with no extra, unnecessary words. The designer is actually an industry leader with many publications along with being the founder and lead educator of the American Crochet Association.
So, short story long, this is an excellent pattern for any eager beginner!
My First Version
I wanted to make something that I could showcase these gorgeous colors from the talented Fairway Fibers. The Dyer is a young entrepreneur and each sale supports a great charity.
Yarn: Fairway Fibers (all fingering weight)
- Back Nine Minis (Sock),
- Andermatt in Graveyard (Merino/Nylon/Mohair)
- Dancing Rabbit in Glass Beach (Merino/Angora)
The pattern calls for DK-weight yarn, so I held two strands (of the same yarn) together the entire time.
I had a lot of fun with the variety of yarns and colors I used for this project. This is how I did the color changes:
- Mesh Rows in Dancing Rabbit
- Solid Rows in Andermatt
- Puff Stitch Rows in the set on nine minis
My Second Version
In this version, I let the gorgeous tones of hand-dyed yarn run the show. I had been obsessed with the color Himalayan Salt from Emma’s Yarn in her Super Silky Base (80% SW Merino / 20% Silk). The silk content lends beautifully to the color and perfectly matches the glistening shine of the salt we cook with.
Emma’s Yarn, Super Silky (80% SW Merino / 20% Silk) in Himalayan Salt (6 skeins, 2400 yds)
I held two strands of yarn together, creating a soft and squishy texture.
After assembly, I decided to knit a ribbed cuff and edging.
I used 4.5mm circular knitting needles and did a simple 1×1 ribbing.
The front ribbing, wanted to naturally curl, I liked it and decided to embrace it!