Godzilla makes a hexaflexagon


When Godzilla isn’t trampling buildings, flipping pancakes, or making cookies, he likes to engage in the fiber arts.

G hexflex 1

So he decided to crochet a hexaflexagon.  This is a hexagon that seems flat, but can be twisted to show hidden sides.

Here’s the hexaflexagon that Godzilla made using a pattern from Woolly Thoughts (link updated 1/1/10). It initially looks like this:

G hexflex 2

but he can twist the inside…

G hexflex 3

and there is purple in the middle instead of blue sparkles!

G hexflex 4

Then he can twist it again…

G hexflex 5

And it’s orange in the middle!

And those aren’t the only colors.  If you look at the other side, there is this

and this

and, finally, this!

(Crocheting it can go pretty quickly, depending on how many meetings or TV shows are on your schedule; you can also make paper versions using patterns from here or here or, of course, here.)

5 Responses to “Godzilla makes a hexaflexagon”

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  2. CreativeCrocheter Says:

    Ooh, good job, oh mighty one! I had fun making mine too.

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  4. Esther K Smith Says:

    mourning martin gardner–so glad to find this delightful site–
    he inspired my classes and 2nd book–

  5. math games for the classroom Says:

    Does anybody know of anybody who makes these and sells them?

    They would be great for teachers!

    Please respond if you know of anybody. Thanks!

    I want to link to this from my site math games for the classroom

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