The Never-Ending Blanket… has ended.

Crochet Blanket

Seriously, I could not be more pleased…  Not because I haven’t enjoyed making this, but I was getting to the stage where I really needed it to be DONE ALREADY.  You might understand this a bit more when I say it’s a pattern from the February 2013 issue of Mollie Makes – and that I started it as soon as I could get the materials.  So it’s taken me 3 times as long to make this blanket as it does to make a human baby.  From scratch.  Hmm.

Still though…

crochet afghan

It’s made up of super-easy treble squares – the pattern says ‘make 80’.  I did, and crocheted them together, cue the following:

Me:  Do you think that’s a bit small for a blanket?

Paul:  Well it’s only a baby blanket, isn’t it?  It’s not like it’s going on a double bed or anything.

Me:  No, it’s a proper blanket.  For me.

P:  It’s too small.

So I carried on with the squares.  Lucky it’s a random design, because half the original colours I’d used were no longer available…

Pattern-wise, there’s not much to report except that, clearly, people have differing ideas about the ideal size of a blanket.  Fair enough.  What really drew me to the design was the novel use of Sirdar Crofter yarn to form the centres of the squares.  For anyone who doesn’t know, Crofter (in Sirdar’s words) has ‘an incredible Fair Isle effect spray dyed onto the yarn’, so that ‘you get the look of Fair Isle without the hard work!’

You don’t, though, do you now?  I mean really?  Still, however much I disliked the knitted effect, the yarn blend itself is nice, and it was really popular for a few years.  I did a lot of smiling and nodding, and sold large amounts of it… This pattern was the only time I’ve ever come across it used in this way, which IMO looks a million times better than what it’s intended for!

Crofter crochet blanket

I was a bit lazy and just blocked the squares quickly under the iron.  Like all short-cuts, the results fall slightly short, but there are something like 168 squares, so, yeah.  I did procrastinate for about a fortnight over whether I should block the entire blanket before working the border – and in fact go as far as pinning out one corner of it before realising that I DON’T HAVE THE TIME.  Or the patience.  So I stopped.

It’s quite heavy, due to the cotton content of the yarn (oh yeah, the neutral sashing is Twilleys Freedom Echo, a recycled cotton yarn, nearly forgot about that bit!), so the general feel is more rugged-picnic- than sofa-snuggling-blanket, but I’m ok with that.  It’s actually the first blanket I’ve made, and it can’t have traumatised me too much, as I’ve already started another…

crofter blanket

Yay, it’s finished! Just waiting for the kids to give a quick maul tomorrow, and then we can say it’s fully taken it’s place in our household!  What’s on your needles at the moment – epic adventure, or short-n-sweet?

Have a lovely weekend!

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