When I started the turquoise/lime/purple afghan, I began by making African Flower hexagons. After all, goodness knows I've made plenty of them since embarking on my Heidi Bears journey -- and I think, at this point, I could make them in my sleep! But after about 30 motifs, I decided I wanted something a bit more contemporary. My African Flower arrangement was feeling a bit on the traditional side.
So I undid all 30 African Flower hexies (yep, all 30!), and saved the yarn. I've done this in the past, with varying success. I've found that superwash wools are more likely to be reusable than non-superwash yarns. And I've never had a positive outcome from trying to reuse fingering weight Fair Isle wool yarn. It's just too sticky. The same trait that makes it great for colorwork and great for felting, makes it not a great choice for reusing. Thankfully, this yarn is Swish DK from Knit Picks, a 100% superwash merino. It un-crocheted (or "ripped" or "frogged", depending on your terminology) with easy, and it's looking great so far.
Anyway, once I had all those motifs undone, I needed to come up with something else. I wanted something simple and geometric. I toyed with the idea of a square in a square, but I liked the offset arrangement you can get with hexagons. So after a bit of tinkering, I came up with my "Modern Dot". I realize there's probably 100 other crocheters out there that have "come up with" this same pattern -- it's so easy to do! But in case you want to try it yourself, I'll share the pattern I'm following in my head.
- two colors of yarn, any weight
- crochet hook compatible with yarn weight
- yarn needle
With Color A: Ch 5. Sl st in 1st ch to form circle.
Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as initial dc). Work 11 dc in circle. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of inital dc. (12 dc total)
Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as initial dc). In same stitch, work 1 dc. Work 2 dc in next stitch, and in each following stitch. Join to 3rd ch of initial dc with sl st. Fasten off. (24 dc total)
Round 3: Join Color B with sl st. Ch 3 (counts as initial dc). Work 1 dc in next 2 stitches. Work [1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc] in next stitch. *3 dc, [1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc]. Repeat from * 5 times. Join to 3rd ch of initial dc with sl st. (30 dc with 6 1-ch spaces)
Round 4: Ch 3 (counts as initial dc). Work 1 dc in each of next 3 st, then work [1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc] in following st. *1 dc in next 5 st, [1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc] in 1-ch space. Repeat from * 5 times. 1 dc in last st of round. Join to 3rd ch of initial dc with sl st. (42 dc with 6 1-ch spaces)
Round 5: Ch 3 (counts as initial dc). Work 1 dc in each of next 4 st, then work [1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc] in next st. *1 dc in next 7 st, [1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc] in 1-ch space. Repeat from * 5 times. 1 dc each in last 2 st of round. Join to 3rd ch of initial dc with sl st. Fasten off. (54 dc with 6 1-ch spaces)
If you want, you can make it bigger, add more colors, etc. I haven't done that yet, but I might in the future. If this pattern doesn't make sense, or if you want to see photos, please leave me a comment and I'll help you out. :)