In that far away time before August of 2011 sock knitters were often left in the unfortunate position of having leftover bits of yarn and nothing to do with them. Many sock knitters, myself included, kept these little remnants around in case their fancy new socks ever became favorite old socks desperately in need of darning. As darning is a task that can be tedious and dull, the leftover yarn just sat in stashes waiting desperately for the day when it would be needed. It may have sat around for months or even years but then, one day, Stephanie Dosen released her Beekeeper’s Quilt.
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This charming little blanket is made up of numerous “hexipuffs” which require tiny bits of yarn like that leftover after sock toes are grafted shut. Almost immediately people who had been waiting around for an excuse to use that leftover sock yarn jumped on the hexipuff bandwagon and a knitting craze began. With over 2,500 projects on Ravelry, the Beekeeper’s Quilt is here to stay. If you’re eager to try your hand at hexipuffs there are a delightful number of resources available to you.
At some point or another you’re going to want to find out how many puffs you’ll need for the project that you’re planning. I wouldn’t suggest doing this right away, as you might get discouraged and hexipuffs are too fun to knit to give up on before you even begin. When you feel ready to see how much progress you’ve made on your new project, I recommend going to this quilter’s calculator. Though the calculator is meant for sewing the same sizing rules apply and it’s always a good idea to know how much further you need to go.
The original pattern comes with some small charts that should help you knit up unique hexipuffs that feature flowers, you may be feeling a little more adventurous. Fortunately, Ravelry user Disneyette has created some free charts for people to use to make hexipuffs featuring characters from your favorite old-school video game.
The pattern includes a method for putting the hexipuffs together to make a neat little quilt but some of us aren’t all that fond of finishing. Fortunately, another Ravelry user, Crochetamy, gives pointers on a nifty way to work the hexipuffs onto one another, thus avoiding the hassle of having to sew things together later. Be warned, however, that this method prevents the project from being mobile.
Hexipuffs have taken off in such a huge way that they have even inspired YouTube videos. This cute video from user stormyautumnh shows heroic hexipuffs taking down Godzilla and his son.
With all of these chances for creativity the Beekeeper’s Quilt is a project that is sure to keep you knitting with pleasure for a long time. So, how many puffs have you made?