my, oh, my, it's been a long, long time since I have completed a full sized crochet blanket. Last year I enjoyed making ( and selling!) quiet a few baby blankets. But in the background were a couple of big blanket projects I was neglecting.
This seaside colours inspired blanket was to be for youngest boy. I began making simple four round granny squares back in 2015 :0)
It was while we were on holiday in Cornwall that year. The colours were picked to try and capture a little of this dreamy colour palette.... and because they are very "boy friendly."
Production slowed as the year wore on. Then ground to a halt.
June 2016 saw us visiting the beautiful lake district as my birthday treat ( that big 5.0. birthday) . Happily the squares came with me as they were a very travel friendly project.
and the colours seemed to capture a little of the lakeland landscape too.
In August 2016 my squares enjoyed their second Cornish holiday :0)
And still this slooooow project limped along. By the time the pumpkins were on sale I decided to was time to put in a bit more effort and try to get this blanket made by the end of the year.
By November all squares were made and I had added a fifth round of Petrol. wooohooo.
Then I began the process of sewing them together. This seemed to take an age. It's really just because I didn't spend a lot of time working on it ( and I got distracted by other crochet and craft projects)
This past weekend I finally finished the border. Today I picked up the blanket and sewed in the few remaining ends. Then I got out the iron and steam blocked the slightly curly border. I love this clever method Lucy taught us HERE
Yay, it's long enough and wide enough.
yay, it's been a long time since I got to do this.
I love the petrol border too, though I can see it's not the most "coastal" colour. It is a good, dark background that brings out the best in the colours of the squares.
The finished size is 64 inches (162cm) by 44 inches (112cm)...long enough to cover a lanky teenager :0)
The colours for the squares are Aster, Cloud Blue, Turquoise, Khaki, Meadow, Silver, Stone, Camel, Lime, Aspen and White.
The joining colour is Petrol.
I used a 4mm crochet hook.
The design is the same as THIS Blanket I made a few years ago. It's a much loved favourite, but a touch small for my grown boys . I'm glad this latest blanket is bigger.
It's great to have finally made all three of my boys a blanket now. The other two are HERE and HERE.
Youngest seems to like his blanket, though it's not that easy to tell....he's a boy of few words :0)
I doesn't really matter that much anyway as I make them for my own enjoyment and they are super practical too. It will be well used and make me smile when I see it on his bed.