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!