I’ve been crocheting to a deadline, so I’ve been working furiously. I even took it to the park!
And now it’s finally FINISHED!
Look at these glorious colours:
(Whoops, you can see my dress peeking in at the right!)
I used the “Harmony” Attic 24 yarn pack. I ignored the included pattern, which makes a lovely blanket.. but I didn’t have time for fussing with all those ends. I love the colours though, and the name “Harmony”: it’s the perfect wish for a wedding gift.
In the end I used my classic granny hexagon crochet motif, and whipped them together with a cobblestone join.
It’s a lovely simple join… very effective, and easy to work!
I like blankets to have a boarder, so I added two rows of single crochets and chain spaces in Parma Violet, then a round of Clematis in double crochet and chain spaces, and finished it with a final Parma Violet round in pattern.
A blanket that’s been around as much as this one has inevitably got a little bit grubby (and covered in cat hair), but I dithered a little about how to wash it. The yarn, Stylecraft Special DK (this is not a sponsored post, by the way!), is machine washable, but I was still a little nervous about putting it in the machine.
So I came up with what I think is a clever solution: I washed it inside my duvet cover!
My duvet cover has a zip, so I could tuck everything neatly away, and wash my crochet blanket safely without worrying about it getting trapped in the machine’s innards.
I set the machine to “delicates” just to be on the safe side…
And it worked perfectly! The blanket emerged clean, untangled, and un-unravelled.
With a blanket that BIG, there’s always the problem of drying it. I laid a clean sheet over my bed, and spread the blanket out over it. It was the first time I’d really admired the finished object and I just love it.
I reckon it’s the perfect size for snuggling under!
…And Star, the fluffy white cat, agrees!
It’s a cliche to say, “this was stitched with love,” but it was, and it’s true. That’s what makes handmade blankets different from the sort you buy. No matter how many times you do it, there’s something magical about taking some string and turning it into something which can keep you warm. It was a lot of work, but I’m so glad I did it for my friend.
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