Wish Lists #2: Blankets

There’s nothing nicer than wrapping yourself in a hand-made crochet blanket. Whether it be a big snuggly one in the winter, or a light ‘wrap style’ one in the cool summer breeze. (infact, that’s exactly what I did the other night whilst crocheting in the garden. The sun was out, but was going down so the garden was in shade.)
I loveeee all the different styles and textures. My personal favourite has got to be the traditional Granny square. Perhaps the easiest to do, but I think they just look lovely.
I have tons of blankets (not all crochet) because I’m one of those people who are always cold!

But despite how many I already have, there are still lots I want to hook up. Below are a few of the patterns I want to/have had a go at… enjoy!

1. Granny Square
Find a pattern here – http://www.littletinbird.co.uk/free-crochet-tutorials/basic-granny-square-pattern/

Who doesn’t love the granny square? It was the first and only thing I was taught (minus how to actually start my own!) They are so versatile! You can either do one big continuous square, to squares of many different sizes all joined together to create a stunning blanket.

2. Granny Rectangle
Video Tutorial here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7DWpwecDi8

Ok, so maybe it’s just about the same as the granny square, but who cares! I only recently came across this pattern/technique. I decided to use it in a blanket for my boyfriend. I needed something that works up quick and is simple – it was for his birthday, in a months time. My first plan was granny square, but because he’s so tall, I thought it would take me forever to get it to cover him! So of course, the rectangle was perfect for this – I needed it longer than it was wide. Below is a (very bad) picture of the almost finished blanket. I never got a picture once finished as I had to box it straight up that morning to give it to him!

I used Red Heart Super Saver in Camouflage (that I had to get sent in from the US, delaying me starting and finishing it!)as he is in the army, so seemed perfect for him.

Here is a blanket I have not yet completed. I chose a random square I liked, and repeated it. It will eventually be for my mum !

Another variation of the granny square stitch-

3. Stripy mixed stitch blanket
Pattern: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7DWpwecDi8

When I saw this blanket, I fell in love. My first thoughts were that it was a great way to try out new stitches, and still have something to show for it in the end! (not just a swatch) You can use a variety of colours to give it a completely unique look. Rainbow, pastels, neutrals. No two blankets would look the same!
I have made a start on this blanket, twice. The first was very small, and just to test out a couple of rows of stitches I hadn’t done before. I scrapped them out of the second one, as they pull my already too-tight stitches even tighter, meaning it came it lots at each end! I am ashamed to say, that it was never completed. I am not a fan of working row by row. I like to see progress quickly. Not good for very long rows.
But anyway, here is what I’ve done so far – minus a few rows!

Again, this was supposed to be for mum – hence the big use of brown, she wanted it to fit in with the living room. One day I will finish a blanket for her. even if it kills me!

4. Graph-gans
There are sooooo many different patterns you can do with a graph-gan, that’s what I love most about them. It enables you to get lots of different designs into your work, from logos, to photos to letters.
4.1 Alphabet blanket

This is one I really want to hook up! I think it would make such a cute baby blanket, and using this pattern you would/should be able to change it around a bit to do names.
Here are some examples ..(because I want them, I can’t find them in any of my FB crochet groups! so may have to update later!)

5. Dotted Trebles
Pattern- http://www.dreamalittlebigger.com/post/dotted-doubles-crochet-tutorial.html

I like this one, because it’s any easy way of adding colour, or giving you the transition into the next colour.

…That’s all for now, just realising it’s time for me to meet up with some fellow crocheters!

Tags: crochet blankets granny square graphgan alphabet captain america dotted colour rainbow

Happy Hooking x

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Debbie Pribele ...

great blog!

(love the one you made for you boyfriend!!)

I’m not a granny square fan, probably because I don’t want to have to still join everything together after I’m “done”..
However, I love that “log cabin” pattern one.. the variation!!!

Love that last one as well … beautiful colours.

I look forward to seeing your Mom’s FINISHED blanket :D

Michal Bulla ...

I like them, especially the last granny square stitch blanket – amazing colors!

Debbie Pribele ...

another version of the log cabin >>> LOVING IT .. I’m adding it to MY blanket list!! Thank-you.

Amie Jane ...

Thanks everyone, yes I prefer to do just the one big Granny square – I’m not a fan of joining! Which is why mums blanket isn’t finished! I did find one in my stash, and just frogged it back to the last row to finish it off -she has that one on the sofa now!

Here is another variation of the Log Cabin stitch
Pattern – http://crochetagain.com/2014/01/07/log-cabin-granny-square/