Granny Hexagon Crochet Blanket in progress

The Big Ugly: My Granny Hexagon Crochet Blanket

I last updated you on my granny hexagon crochet blanket (AKA The Big Ugly) almost two years ago.

Since then, I’ve been chipping away at it… slowly. It sits on the end of our bed, and adds a lot of warmth, despite being unfinished.

Granny Hexagon Crochet Blanket on colourful bedspread

(I’m never going to iron our duvet cover – you’ll just have to excuse the wrinkles.)

How unfinished?

Well, not only have I not woven in all the ends, I haven’t attached all the crochet hexagons.

Heck, I haven’t even crocheted all the crocheted hexagons.

Unfinished crochet blanket

 

See that big gap? Yeah, I need to add some more motifs there.

This is despite the fact that a couple of years ago, I posted that my blanket was “almost finished.”

What changed?

Well, we got a bigger bed.

Now instead of ‘almost’ covering a double bed, it three-quarters covers a queen bed properly – it hangs down the sides and everything.

And to be honest, I’m okay with this blanket never being done. I really enjoy the process.

My granny hexagon crochet blanket is made out of sock yarn scraps. It’s thrifty, and really sweet as well. In the pic above, I can see some sock yarn I dyed with KoolAid, some yarn from my Very First  Pair of socks, and scraps from my niece’s baby blanket. Aww.

But you can see why it’s called the Big Ugly, right? None of these yarns ‘go’ like the yarns in my Persian Tiles Blanket did. They’re not chosen with any kind of care. They’re used because they’re sitting around. It’s a completely different aesthetic, and I love it.

What helps this blanket work is the design – hexagons ensure that smaller amounts of each colour sit next to each other. If I had worked traditional squares, the blocks of colour (and colour clashes) would share a lot more with their neighbours. That’s the same reason I bordered everything with white – to tone down the clashes and to give each colour a chance to sing.

I’ve been doing better at adding to this blanket lately, and I want to keep that up. To that end, here’s a ravelry link for the project. And I’ll update you here on the blog in, oh, two years or so I guess.

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  57. Reply

    I was wondering why it was called the big ugly because it is so beautiful- but then I saw all the threads hanging and thought “That would be why.” Just seeing all those threads to weave in is depressing! And probably the reason why I have not yet tackled a patchwork crochet blanket though I love the look of them so.

    Good idea to just keep it on your bed instead of shoving it in some basket somewhere!

  58. Reply

    Oh, don’t call it ugly. I think it is lovely, and you will finish it eventually. And even if you don’t it is still lovely.

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