I’ve been aiming to make a number of Christmas gifts this year and having started a crochet blanket (that has been occupying quite a bit of my time) I thought that I would share a few pics of the progress.
The whole thing started a while ago when I had the idea of making a large lap blanket as a gift.
Whilst out having a mooch around town the other week I stumbled across this luscious space-dyed yarn.
It’s by Jarol. The range is called New Arrival and the colour that I got was shade 318 “Merlin”.
I found it at a local discount store for £4 per 200g ball. (They only had two 200g balls so I got both). I have since seen it online for between £3.60 and £7.50 so can hopefully restock if I need to.
The space-dyed colouring was the thing that attracted me the most. I thought that it would work well as a large granny square lap blanket as the colours would be quite eye catching.
I knew a basic granny square pattern so chose to use that (rather than complicate things by learning a new one for such a large project).
Over the space of the first weekend I actually ended up crocheting for fourteen hours!!! It’s not a wonder that my shoulders and hands ended up aching a little, lol.
Anyway, the first two day’s effort gave me quite a good head start.
After this point the rounds were now taking about an hour each to complete so I was only managing to add a couple of these per session after that.
When I got to the end of the two 200g balls I had a granny square almost 40 inches square!
I still had a little yarn left but it was only enough for about 3/4 of a round. As I was aiming for a blanket of about 50-60 inches square I now had a choice to make – do I get more of the same yarn and make the whole thing from it OR do I start adding some solid colour bands around the edge (that would coordinate with the colours found in the main block)…?
If you’ve followed this blog for some time you might guess that I’m not always good at making snap decisions when it comes to making things.
In fact, I’m still deliberating! Lol.
What would you do? Please let me know in the comments section below as I just can’t decide!