Hexbin is a top-down, unisex sock pattern featuring stranded colourwork. It is a fun, geometric design that leaves a lot of room for experimentation with colour and pattern. It is also a great stash-busting project for those self-striping, gradient or tonal colourways that can be difficult to do justice to.
The colourwork motif was inspired by hexbin plots, also known as 2D density or 2D histogram plots.
In these graphs, large amounts of data points are grouped in hexagonal regions (the ‘bins’). The brightly coloured regions represent more active areas. This gives a nice, high-level overview of the complex underlying data. Hexagons are used instead of squares or circles to remove some biases at the region edges, while also looking much cooler!