Monday, 15 February 2021

Creating :: The Crochet Blanket Ta-dah

Hi there everyone πŸ˜€

It's been a good while since I've done a totally crafty post and this one has certainly been a long time coming.

Inspired by Attic 24's Harmony Blanket I started this project in June 2017 and I am so pleased to finally be able to say 'Ta-dah'.

My epic journey started off with a hunt through my yarn stash which seemed to be turning into quite a collection, with no real plans for using any of it, to see if I had enough already to make my own version of Lucy's Harmony Blanket.

After a good play I managed to find 13 colours which I felt could blend together well and decided to give it a go ...

I started out fairly full of enthusiasm and by November of 2017 had got all my squares up to the third row and it was looking good ...

In May 2018 I was still plodding on and the blanket accompanied me to my first local craft morning ...

By the time I'd got all of the squares up to the fifth row it was April 2019 ...

I decided I would try something new and have a go using the join as you go method for the final row of all of the squares and there was lots of laying out on the dining room table ...

... until I found a design I was happy with ... deciding to go with a kind of a colourwash ...

The join as you go method for linking the squares together worked an absolute treat ...

... and in what seemed like no time at all they were all joined together ...

... and looking very neat ...

I opted for a fairly simple, but wide, border, using my favourite of the blanket colours ...

I did make a bit of a 'schoolgirl error' with my border ... completing it in the same size hook as I had used for the squares. Whilst all started out well ... as I completed more rows of the border it did tighten up so made the blanket difficult to lay totally flat without the corners curling up. I understand that if I'd used a bit of a larger hook I may have been able to avoid this.

The blanket then sat in a bag by the sofa until last week when I decided that it was time to darn in the ends and finally ... nearly four years from starting out I had my 'Ta-dah' moment. I now have myself a hand made crocheted throw and I have to say I am quite proud of it ...


I'm not quite sure what my plans are for it but I do know that I love it and it is really snuggly when curled up on the sofa watching TV ... especially on these seriously cold nights we've been having of late. 

I'm not sure what my next crochet project will be ... but whatever it is ... I hope it doesn't take as long to finish as this one did πŸ˜€

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9 comments:

  1. Oh what a lovely thing! The colours are gorgeous (love the way the border works with the shades too) my favourite thing to crochet is a blanket and Attic24 - Lucy - has inspired me to several now - I love the idea of making something that keeps everyone warm and cosy :) Well done you - a thing of snuggly beauty!

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    1. Thank you ... she has done some beautiful blankets and I love how she chooses her colour palettes ... whether or not I will make another I’m not sure ... though I may have a go at making some pram sized ones as gifts πŸ˜ƒ

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  2. You should be proud, it's gorgeous & both Kate & I would understand the mammoth job of sewing in ends. Lucy is very inspiring with her projects & I'm in the process of using up my many leftovers of Stylecraft yarn from her packs & projects I've done over the years. It is a Mile-a-Minute rug CAL that my friend Joy is co-hosting. We use our rugs in winter & in the car. Take care, stay safe & hugs.

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    1. Thank you so much ... It was a real labour of love ... I’m glad I sewed most ends in as I went along so at least I was only left with the ends from the border πŸ˜ƒ. That’s a good idea to keep,one in the car though ... may give me cause to make another πŸ˜ƒ

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  3. It's lovely, and the colours go together so well. I know this is probably a silly question but I have to ask - why have you got your wool wrapped round clothes pegs? :)

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    1. Haha ... this is something I copied from the Attic 24 blog ... it’s useful to be able to see how the colours look together and easy to move them around ... plus they just look pretty πŸ˜‚

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  4. I'm impressed! What a project and it all looks so neat. Perfect for the cold evenings we've been having. We have to traipse around with duvets!

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    1. I must admit that it has been brought into a few times over this latest cold snap πŸ˜ƒ

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