The Big Reveal – My BAMCAL Blanket is Finished!

The Big Reveal - My BAMCAL Blanket is Finished! www.yarnya.co.ukIT’S FINISHED!

I started this amazing blanket on the 1st January 2014 and now, almost 18 months on, it is finished! And here it is in it’s full yarny blankety glory … oooooooooo I LOVE IT!

I had two goals in mind when I joined the BAMCAL (Block A Month Crochet Along) 2014 group over on Ravelry:

  1. I wanted to learn more about crochet and how to build different textures and patterns
  2. I wanted to have something to show for my time off work … I couldn’t sit around and do nothing and my health was very up and down, so this definitely kept my fingers busy on my good days 🙂

But now it’s complete … It’s done … what will I do with my spare time?

I know – take lots of pictures of its beauty from every angle … 😀

The Big Reveal - My BAMCAL Blanket is Finished! www.yarnya.co.uk

The Big Reveal - My BAMCAL Blanket is Finished! www.yarnya.co.uk

The Big Reveal - My BAMCAL Blanket is Finished! www.yarnya.co.uk

The Big Reveal - My BAMCAL Blanket is Finished! www.yarnya.co.uk

The Big Reveal - My BAMCAL Blanket is Finished! www.yarnya.co.uk

Let’s have a brief break from pictures – here’s some details about this super amazing mammoth blanket (yep I’m ultra modest about this project):

  • Yarn used – Stylecraft Special DK in colours: Saffron, Sherbet, Wisteria, Camel and Aspen, and joined and bordered in White.
  • Number of balls of yarn used – 25 balls(ish)! I have at least half a ball of each colour left… stored with the extras I got just in case, but I’m rounding it up to the 25 balls as you can’t buy ha;f a ball. With 295 metres of yarn on each, that’s a huge 7375 metres of yarn! Just over four and a half miles!
  • Size – It is the size of a double duvet (UK), which is 200cm squared
  • Cost – I bought the balls whenever I saw Stylecraft on offer or when I needed to boost my cart to the minimum needed for free postage (because why pay postage when you can have more yarn?), which meant that costing varied from £1.60 to £1.99 a ball. So for calculation purposes I’ve used £1.80 (Argh Maths is creeping up on me!) At a rough cost of £1.80 per ball this blanket cost me £45 to make (not including my time).
  • Number of squares – There are 64 squares and they’re all different! For a full list of the patterns I used go check out my Ravelry project page.
  • Joining method – I used a Simulated Braid join. I found a tutorial over at Gourmet Crochet that was great at explaining this join.
  • Border – When I first saw the All Shawl I fell in love with the border so chose to use that … of course I had to rework the pattern round the corner. If you missed how I did that you can refresh your memory here where I shared the altered pattern.
  • Hook – I mainly used my trusty 4mm, but for squares that used only dc (or sc in the US) I broke out the 5mm so the square wouldn’t be too stiff.

Here are some more pictures … I love this blanket so much.

The Big Reveal - My BAMCAL Blanket is Finished! www.yarnya.co.uk

The Big Reveal - My BAMCAL Blanket is Finished! www.yarnya.co.uk

The Big Reveal - My BAMCAL Blanket is Finished! www.yarnya.co.uk

The Big Reveal - My BAMCAL Blanket is Finished! www.yarnya.co.uk

As an added bonus I finished the blanket just in time to enter it into the crochet category at my local Horticultural Society show this weekend. I awoke early on Saturday morning to take it down to the church hall for presentation and had to leave it there all morning on it’s own, while the judges did their thing.

We then returned once the show was open and I found out that it had come first. YAY! The judge also wrote a comment on my card – “Very well finished. Colours well thought out” – Plus not only had it come first, I was awarded a diploma in homecraft too. Each show the judge can award one diploma for an item in each category (Homecraft, Vegetables and Flowers), so it’s like a ‘best in show’. I was so happy 🙂

The Big Reveal - My BAMCAL Blanket is Finished! www.yarnya.co.uk

If you need me I’ll be under this blanket! 🙂

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31 comments on “The Big Reveal – My BAMCAL Blanket is Finished!
  1. […] I’ve already started making another square, this time from Jan Eaton’s book 200 Crochet Blocks, which I do love and used last year for some squares in my BAMCAL blanket. […]

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  2. […] create it too. I have a few crochet pieces around the flat – mats for the kitchen table, my blanket and I even spruced up an old large tin can for storing my colouring pens and […]

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  3. […] mammoth project had to make an appearance again. I’m super proud of my BAMCAL blanket. The size of this project or how long it took hasn’t even put me off making blankets – […]

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  4. […] creative achievement are you most proud of? My BAMCAL blanket of […]

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  5. Linda Lowry says:

    My goodness. Your blanket is beyond beautiful. I love everything about it and especially the beautiful edging. You are amazing.

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  6. I love your blanket – it’s gorgeous! Beautiful border too. Awesome 😀 xxx

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  7. nicolaknits says:

    Very impressive blanket. I don’t think I’d attempt to make a blanket with DK and a 4mm hook as I’m more of a product crocheter than a process one and I love finishing things. Worsted/Aran is my favourite to use. I do love the Stylecraft and it’s a good price even when I order it from Canada.

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    • yarnya says:

      Thank you 🙂 to be honest I didn’t understand the differences between yarn weights when I started. However I love the feel of this DK blanket, so you never know … my crazy side may come out again. Lot’s of smaller projects were made alongside this which helped keep me going.

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  8. […] I finished my amazing blanket that I shared with you last week I’ve felt at a bit of a loss at what to do, but I half […]

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  9. Tahira says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE … oh did I say LOVE!!!

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  10. PeachPod says:

    Awesome! I love the variety in the squares. The pic on the bed is gorgeous. ❤

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  11. Bekki Hill says:

    What a work of art! Congratulations on finishing it. Certainly deserved first prize and the diploma. Well done! Can you bear to be separated from it? 😉

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  12. Love❤️ perfection!!!! Beautiful work😍😍😍😍

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  13. This is one of the most beautiful, inspiring pieces of crochet I have EVER seen! Well done, you should be very proud 🙂

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  14. I agree with the judge, your choice of colors is nothing short of perfect! Congrats on your success and your beautiful blanket.

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  15. wow your blanket is absolutely stunning!!

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  16. Bessie V says:

    YAY!!!!! I’m soooo happy for you! Its a stunning beauty and I really, really love it, Tanya! You’ve done a fabulous job with it. God Bless!

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  17. Shari Dancer-Thomas says:

    How BEAUTIFUL!

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  18. Maureen says:

    As you know I love your blanket and have followed you from the beginning. I can now fully appreciate the effort gone into making it, after seeing it on the bed. Also with your health you have worked wonders. I’d like to think Great Nan Coutts is looking down proudly on you. She loved her crochet. Well done Tanya. xxxxx

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