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:
- I wanted to learn more about crochet and how to build different textures and patterns
- 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 … 😀
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.
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 🙂
If you need me I’ll be under this blanket! 🙂