Thursday, May 17, 2012

Cozy Blanket

I know, who in their right mind crochets a blanket in the summer? I have a confession to make: I have never claimed to be "right minded". There, now that that is out of the way, here is a pic of the blanket I finished a few days ago. (*gasp* it's not a dish cloth!)

This is the one that I was working on with that HUGE crochet hook. I can't give you a size because it isn't stamped anywhere on the thing. But it's big. I used two strands of a worsted weight 4-ply yarn. One color that is carried throughout the piece is black, then the other colors alternate: green, purple, maroon. (I know it looks like it's red in the pic but I promise it's maroon) And the stripes are two different sizes, one is 5 rows wide (that's the slim row) and the other is 11 rows wide (that's the thick row).

Pattern? Well I didn't follow a pattern and I'm not sure I can tell you one because of not knowing the hook size but I can tell you what I did and the stitches I used!

  1. With 2 strands of yarn chain "x" (which was how wide I wanted it to be).
  2. Chain one and turn, sc in each stitch across. Repeat 4 more times. (this makes the slim row) Change color at the end of this 4 repeat. *total of 5 rows*
  3. Chain one and turn, sc in each stitch across. Repeat this for a total of 11 rows. (this makes the wide row). Change color.
  4. Repeat step 2 but make 5 rows total.
  5. Repeat step 3.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until it's the desired length.
  7. Pick a color for the border. Still using 2 strands. HDC in each stitch, making 3 HDC in each corner. Now the tricky part to this border is crocheting along the sides of all those rows. Make sure to HDC once in each row along the sides. For example: if you have a total of 73 rows in this blanket, you will need 73 HDC along the sides for the border.
And that's how I made this blanket. Simple. That's how I like my patterns to be - simple. The ones I write AND the ones I follow. 

Here's hoping you have a great week! Cheers!

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