I love embellished hexipuffs, they add so much character to a finished quilt. I have high hopes to make the bunny and octopus puffs found on Ravelry, once the right yarn colour comes along.. Hexipuffs are so much fun to make, but I find embellishing them in little ways makes for a much more interesting knitting experience and a much more interesting quilt.
Okay, so to get started you’re going to have to knit up a regular yellow hexipuff.
Personally, I prefer to stitch onto an unclosed hexipuff, but it’s all down to personal preference. I free-handed (as you can probably tell) a little face onto my sun, but of course this can be omitted. I would actually like to use some felt to add sunglasses, but I didn’t have any to hand when I was making it, but it could always be added later.
. The sun beams are created by picking up stitches on each flat section of the puff, so 6 in total.
Directions for each sun beam are as follows:
Row 1: Pick up and knit 10 stitches along one side of the hexipuff
Row 2: With wrong side facing (ie the side that has no face) purl across
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: (Dec) SSK, knit to last two stitches, k2tog (8sts)
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: (Dec) SSK knit to last two stitches K2tog (6sts)
Row 8: Purl
Row 9: (Dec) SSK knit to last two stitches K2tog (4sts)
Row 10: Purl
Row 11: (Dec) SSK knit to last two stitches K2tog (2sts)
Row 12: Bind off: pass first stitch over second, cut yarn and thread through last stitch.
Repeat this on each of the 5 remaining hexagon sides.
Make sure to weave in ends as you go, because will at the ends it makes quite a mess.
Due to the nature of stockinette stitch it’s likely that the sun beams will curl. This shouldn’t be a problem once they are attached to the other hexipuffs, but for now it can be blocked to prevent the curling.
Enjoy your new cutie-pie!