One quite unexpected thing that I love about blogging is that it has proved to be such a lovely way to keep a record of all the things that I have made since starting on my crochet journey.
Its amazing how quickly I seem to forget about making projects past when I am constantly in 'head buzzing, full steam ahead, straight into the next new make, mode'.
And looking back through the other day I came across the photo's of this blanket that I made for our bed a couple of years ago.
It instantly brought back lots of lovely memories of time spent methodically working
away on all the squares.
Strangely enough, even as I'm typing this now, the thing that's coming back to me the most
is the smell of the wool - it was just utterly delicious.
I have tingly nostrils just thinking about it !
It was the very first thing I made using Sublime Extra Fine Merino DK, and oh,
what absolute bliss it was to work with.
I think I was spoilt for ever more after that !
I chose a pale putty colour ( I think it might have been either FAYE or CARAMEL ) for the main body of the blanket and outlined each square and then the very edge of the blanket with cream ( ALABASTER ).
Everything about the wool just worked, the way it crocheted up , the colour, and the weight of it
was so perfect that I have to admit to not blocking one single inch of
this blanket because it came off the hook pretty much ready to go.
I had just wanted to create a blanket that was simple in its pattern, could be all one colour and that would fit into a room that had other neutral tones and shades that it would blend with.
I used the Basic Granny Square Pattern from Little Tin Bird.
I found the way that Heather explained the pattern was so clear and concise and with pictures of all the different stages it was perfect for me being still relatively new to it all.
This pattern has continued to be a firm favourite, taking pride of place in my file of ideas,
patterns, things I ♥ , and all things of crochet and knitted gorgeousness,
from Julies beautiful bunny
to Jules inspirational stripy blankets.
My blanket ended up being 6 squares wide by 7 squares long,
and I'm pretty sure each square was about 14 rounds.
I then did a couple of rounds of DC around each square in cream.
The border was so simple to do as I crocheted a couple of rounds of DC around the edge of the whole blanket and then the ruffle was made by crocheting 3 TR's into each DC all the way round.
The finished blanket perfectly fits a Kingsize bed.
I have since used the same pattern to make blankets that are basically just one ginormous square.
These work really well as lap blankets.
I made one for Mum for Mothers Day last year and because she found that it was rather mysteriously slipping across to Dad's lap I have since made him one too.
His had a much more manly border though !
( just noticed the terrible tea cup mark on the table ... I do polish, honest ...)