Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Granny Stripe Blanket with Pattern

The I'm Not Picky Blanket is finished!


In my previous post, I wrote about how this blanket kept getting pushed aside. For other projects, for events and just life in general.

Then about three weeks ago, after I had been focusing on my follow your arrow shawl I realized something horrible.

At the end of clue 4 the shawl stitch count was off… and I mean way off. 


I don’t know when and I don’t know how but, I made one beauty of a mistake and I had to frog (rip out) the entire shawl.


After that I needed a little pick me up, something to brighten my mood.

Not to mention some distance from knitting.

You see knitting and I  have a very tempestuous relationship. Knitting is not a relaxing thing for me. 

Do I love it?
Yes!!!
 
Can I sit back and just let it flow?
No. Heck No! 


Crochet on the other hand is my calm, it is the craft I come back to every time. It’s what relaxes me and is enjoyable at the end of a busy day.

I find it intuitive and easily adaptable; all in all I love it!


 That being said I have never actually made a full size blanket before. *Gasp* I know but, that’s the truth!

I think there are two factors as to why I've never attempted a full size blanket before.

(1) It always seemed so daunting having this huge project on the go and (2) it's a lot of yarn and I mean a lot!

In the end this blanket has cost well over $200 but, it was so worth it.

 I made this blanket in a cotton and acrylic blend, it's soft and the colors are beautiful and saturated. However it is already piling a little and I'm worried how it will hold up, I probably won't use this specific yarn again but, it was nice to work with.

 I have a very big problem and I will admit it. I tend to make things over sized. This blanket was going to be a lap blanket (and will still be used as such) but, it turned out to be a very generous lap blanket. 

Queen size bed
The finished dimensions are 60"x70" and as you can see could easily fit a single or even twin size bed. I think it's going to be the perfect blanket for family and friends to curl up on the couch with for movie nights.


It was originally going to have the stripes going horizontally but, I quickly realize that it would have been too large and not just over sized if I had of continued with that design. 



So, it became a vertical granny stripe blanket instead.

There are 78 double crochet clusters in the length of the blanket and 71 color repeats across it.

Once I was happy with the size I added on the border which has 4 colors (my favorite color combo from the blanket) with white in between. I followed the same double crochet cluster pattern and finished the border with a single crochet in all of the spaces to finish it off.

I couldn’t be more happy with how this blanket turned out and I can’t wait to put it to use.


Granny Stripe Pattern


Yarn: DK or Worsted weight yarn (I used Worsted)
Hook: 4mm-5mm (I used 4mm)
  

Blankets Foundation:


Chain the number of stitches you will need to get the finished size desired. This number must be a multiple of 3+2 (I chained 236)

Row 1:  single crochet (sc) in second chain from the hook and continue to work 1 sc in each stitch to the end.
Row 2: ch 3, turn your work.skip 2 stitches, 3 double crochet (dc) into the third stitch. *skip two stitches, 3 dc into next stitch* Repeat *to* until 3 stitches remain. Skip two stitches 2 dc into the last stitch on the foundation row.
Row 3: ch 3, turn your work. 3 dc into the first space between dc clusters. *3 dc into the next space between dc clusters*. Repeat *to* until the end. 1 dc into the last stitch.  Fasten off.

shows the dc worked into the spaces between clusters

Pattern Repeat:

 

Row 1: With new color make a slip knot and work 1 standing dc and 1 dc into the space between the single dc and the cluster on the previous row. *3 dc into next space*. Repeat *to* until the end, working 2 dc into the space between the last dc cluster and the single dc from the previous round.
Row 2: ch3, turn your work. *3 dc in the next space between dc clusters*. Repeat *to* until the end. 1 dc into the last stitch (this is the only time you will crochet into a stitch for the remainder of the pattern). Fasten off.

Continue these two pattern repeat rows until you have the desired size.


I like to alternate the side I start on when I’m working with a two row color repeat. That way all of my yarn ends are not on the same side. This keeps the blanket from becoming warped and the look and texture of the finished product, once the ends have been tied in is a lot nicer. 


To achieve this you want to alternate the side you start your row 1 repeat. Once you fasten off at the end of the second row, instead of turning your work simply move the blanket back to the beginning of the row you just finished and start your new color.

Granny Border:

 

I Alternated my border between white and a different color from the blanket in each round. Each round took almost an entire 50g ball of yarn. So be aware that a border will eat yarn like crazy!

Start on the top edge of the blanket, you will want to start at least 4 spaces before the first corner. This will help to gave your some stability before you make your first corner, and it makes it a little easier to handle.


Follow the same 3 dc clusters in all the spaces like we have been for the entire blanket.

When you get to the corner, crochet into the space between the last dc cluster and the single dc on the edge.

Corner cluster pattern: 3 dc, 2 ch, 3 dc.

Once you have the first corner cluster finished, work along the side. You want to work your dc clusters into the space were you have worked the Single dc and skip the ones with the 2 dc. This will give you the same effect as the rest of the blanket and set you up for the next round perfectly.

When you get to your next corner you want to work the stitches into the first cluster opening on the last row, working those stitches around the corner. (See photo above)

Continue working along the bottom (foundation) row and working two more corners and the final sides to complete the first edging round. Fasten off.

Now that you have the first border row completed, it is a lot easier to see the spaces your stitches work into.

I worked 8 rows in the granny strip border alternating between;
white, turquoise, white, sky blue, white, grey, white, hot pink.

Than on the final round I worked a single crochet (sc) into all of the spaces and in the openings between the double crochets. For the corners I worked a sc into the spaces between dc stitches and 2 sc into the corner edge itself. You can see the exact placements in the crochet chart above.

Hope this post inspires you to get crocheting your own blanket or at the very least was enjoyable to see.