Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Ta Dah! Happy Scrappy Squares Blanket

I am so pleased to have finished something - finally! - and to be able to share it with you!  This is my Happy Scrappy Squares Blanket.

What do you think?  Happy?  Scrappy?


This blanket is the brainchild of Sandra from the Cherry Heart blog, she has a pattern/tutorial that you can find here.  Thank you for the pattern Sandra.  All I had to do was add yarn and time.

I don't remember exactly when I started this blanket, but I was definitely working on it by the middle of May last year and I cannot have been working on it for more than a week or two before that.  So I am guessing that I started it at the beginning of May 2016.






With one teeny exception, which I will come to, all of the yarn is either scraps leftover from other projects, free yarn that came with magazines to make things that I didn't want to make, or scraps of tapestry wool that a friend gave me.  I gathered it all together and started crocheting and have turned what was a lot of leftovers and unwanted things into something really useful and usable and, more importantly much wanted - by Hubby who has claimed this for himself!

What I loved was seeing the way different colours related to each other.  I have picked out a few examples here for you





The border was really easy to do.  I worked a treble crochet (US double) into each stitch at the top and bottom of the blanket and on the sides I worked two trebles over each stitch.  After the first round I just worked two more rounds of trebles and then a round of doubles (US singles).  I changed yarns as they ran out and just kept going.  I could have done another round of trebles, but the border was wide enough and I was happy with it.


It was great to be able to take something that was just bits and pieces and turn it into something.  It has been a long haul to get this done with the big interruption last year, but since Christmas - well, since the you know what happened at the start of January - I was determined to get on and finish this.  It has been great therapy because it is so easy to do, very satisfying, quick to work up and doesn't require a lot of thinking.

I didn't worry about the sort of yarn that I used.  Some is really thick and some is really thin.  I kept working with the same number of stitches and the same hook.  The yarn just stretches to have larger or smaller holes between the stitches.  You can see what I mean in this photo.


Sandra's blanket is much more beautiful than mine, hers is all made with lovely sock yarn, the squares are well, square and it is soft and drapes and is pretty.  Mine is all sorts of colours, the squares are not square, some are one row, some are 11 rows, it doesn't drape either.  It is one big square though!!  My thought was to use what I had and to go for a style of a 1970's blanket that you might see in the back of a car in that era.  What do you think, does it remind you of that?  I get that feeling, the feeling of being stuck in the back seat of a Ford Capri which was owned by one of my parents friends as we drove to some zoo or other.  I could totally imagine this blanket on that car journey!



Oh, and I mentioned an exception.  This one little square.  It is my first and only handspun!  There might be some more in the future, who knows, but in the meantime my handspun is here.  Boy is drop spindling hard!


Two last things. 

Are the ends all sewn in?  Yes!!  You bet.  I sewed them in as I went, going back to do the previous row as I finished a row.  For the border I crocheted over the ends as I went.  Yes, you can see them a little but it doesn't bother me because they are just in the border and it is a scrappy blanket!

Would I make another one?  Yes!  You bet.  I have loads of scraps and bits of yarn that I cannot see myself using right now.  They are in larger quantities than these were though so perhaps in a slightly different way.  I might go for a granny stripe scrappy instead!

So that is my Happy Scrappy Squares Blanket!  All done.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing it, I have enjoyed making it, and have really enjoyed all of you following the progress of my blanket on Instagram.  Thank you for all of the kind things you said about it!

This is what I am trying to finish now.  Another blanket!


Happy Crochet!

Amy

46 comments:

  1. It looks amazing and yes I can see it in the back of a car. A wonderful use of oddments of yarn. I love the one you are working on now, the hexagon.

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  2. I love it! It's the kind of thing I would crochet, though I haven't done much in the last few years (except for a mermaid tail foot/leg warmer. I have never found a satisfactory way to hide ends, even after 30 years of crocheting!!

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  3. It is gorgeous and colorful. I do love scrappy!

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  4. I love scrappy blankets! Well done :)

    Colletta

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  5. Very cheerful. I don't crochet, but do admire the work that goes into these big projects.

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  6. Well done Amy - it's useful, you've busted your stash, it sings it's song and it's cheered me up today. Thank you. x

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  7. It is very cute. I love making something out of "nothing" (my grandma would sew scraps of fabric from old clothes and such by hand into quilts) Very useful!

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  8. I am visualizing this blanket in the back of our station wagon, my brother and I sitting in the very, very back, playing all the way to Colorado! It's very cute! And you know what I love about this post? I can feel you are happy!

    Cindy

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  9. Your happy blanket made me smile immediately! I love it!

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  10. I like the idea of using up what yarn you have. After I finish the afghan I'm working on I think I'll make one like this.

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  11. Isn’t it wonderful when a project of that size is completed? You have inspired me. I have so many bits and pieces, perhaps…
    I’m new to your blog/podcast and I am visiting from Barnegat, NJ, USA.

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  12. Looks great! It's always good to finish a good-sized project. Sometimes they feel like they are neverending. I love all the bits you used. It's good you threw in your hand-dyed - a great memory!

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  13. Happy and Scrappy. WOW. Great job. I love good use of yarn bits. Your colors are fun and happy. My leftover sock yarn knit blanket is fresh off the needles, and I have No desire to knit another. !!!! It took me almost 2 years I think. Your new blanket looks so lovely! Good for you to get right on the finish of another

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  14. So jolly and beautifully colourful. I love it. x

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  15. Looks so big and cosy, loving the new one too xx

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  16. It does look happy with all of those colours! What a great, useful idea.

    Karen

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  17. That is beautiful!! I love all the vibrant colors!

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  18. This is my kind of project. I love these sort of projects: the ones that just start with no outcome in mind, use up all the bits and turn out to be really happy. Well Done Amy! Great to see you on the crafting bandwagon. Jo x

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  19. It looks great. I actually like that it doesn't have uniform shapes. I'm particularly impressed because I have absolutely no idea how to crochet.

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  20. So cheery and colourful at this time of year:)

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  21. It is beautiful Amy and so joyful with all the colours. I just love the randomness of it too but it works perfectly. It is sure to be a family favourite for years to come. The latest blanket looks good too!

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  22. How colourful! Great use of leftover yarn. The granny hex blanket is looking good & it's just jolted my memory. I have squares that I finished last year that need putting together & the border doing. Oh dear, so many WIP's & not enough time. Thanks Amy & take care.

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  23. Well done on your stash busting blanket Amy, I bet you are pleased to use all those odds and ends. Funnily enough I started a blanket tonight trying to use up some of my late mum's stash, it deffo won't be perfect.

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  24. Wow Amy, it's really beautiful! And, what a great way to use all the yarns leftover. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful idea. I hope your week is going well. Hugs, Pat

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  25. It looks fantastic - well done - and what a great idea for using up scraps. Thanks for sharing it Amy.
    Fil @ Fil’s Place - Old songs and Memories

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  26. I am meant to be crocheting on our granddaughter Millie's blanket. You've inspired me. I'm going to go get it and work on it tonight. I love your happy scrappy masterpiece!

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  27. Oh Amy, I love it! It just looks so happy!

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  28. That's a very joyful scrappy blanket. Glad you hubby got first pick. I'm sure he feels the love!

    The other crochet blanket is very pretty too. Those colors are so nice together.

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  29. it is both HAPPY and SCRAPPY!
    I love it!
    great job my friend...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  30. love the idea of using up scrap yarn and making a useful, lovely throw with it. Very pretty too.

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  31. Amy, you accomplish things all the time. I can't think of anything I've made in years.I made curtains 16 years ago when we moved in our current house. Seriously, you are always making wonderful things. I am amazed.
    Love all the colors and your happy scrappy blanket looks warm and cozy.

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  32. I love it! It's cute and what a great way to use scraps of yarn. The handspun yarn looks very soft.

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  33. Love it!! Totally hip 70's vibe. ;) Great job Amy! Can't wait to see what you're up to next.
    Xoxo

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  34. It does have a 70's feel about it, and I admire how it turned out. You have made more yarn with your hand spindle than I have. Well done, Amy. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Wow Amy - what a fabulous blanket - so colourful and such fun!
    The precious patch of handspun - a great place to use such an achievement..I too am challenged by my drop spindle, so I appreciate all the hard work that went into that beautiful squidgy piece!
    Keep up the fab hooking!
    Ali x

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  36. Beautiful ! I love the colours ! I am not good or patient enough to do needle or other works like this myself. But I admire those who can !!

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  37. This is wonderful Amy, it reminds me of Pop Art from the 1960s, and I can remember a scrappy granny square blanket in the back of my mum's car. Yes, classic green Austin car from the 1950s, red leather seats, crochet blanket and my two-year-old baby brother bouncing around on the back seat!

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  38. that is one big beautiful awesome blanket! the colors are gorgeous!!

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  39. Sweet Amy, I LOVE the blanket and the many colors make my heart sing :) Your word is stunning.

    Hugs to you!

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  40. It looks quite happy and the new one you are working on looks lovely.
    Happy creating time to you!

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  41. This is such a great idea, Amy. I have a lot of scrap yarns and I am very tempted to make something similar too, or maybe a scrappy granny blanket as you've suggested. x

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  42. I love it - so bright and colorful - and it looks quite warm :)

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  43. I LOVE your scrappy blanket Amy!! Well done!! These types of projects are the most satisfying because you make some beautiful and useful from something that was useless on its own. It really does give off that 70s vibe and I think your husband claiming it for his own is the biggest compliment of all ;) Your next project looks like a lot more work and planning, but is just as beautiful.
    Wendy

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  44. Oh my goodness, what a beautiful blanket. I would love the snuggle up with a blanket like this on a frosty day. I love the yarn which has more than one colour in it and the way that's in the border too, so different.
    Lisa x

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