This project was a long time coming! When I went to my in-laws over Christmas (that was so long ago I know) my mother-in-law had a crocheted granny square blanket.
I got it into my head that I needed to make my own, and I also wanted to try and make the humble granny square a little more modern. So I chose colours that I thought were more modern like grey and purple.
I also wanted this to be an all season blanket, one that was substantial enough that it would have some warmth to it, so I lined the blanket with fleece. I will try to explain as best I can what I did, but I'm not really a pattern girl, so please forgive with me.
This bedspread is for my spare room and comfortably fits a double. It took 25 granny squares and months of inconsistent dedication :).
My granny squares were 12 crocheted rows each and made up of three colours: a mixed wool with purples, greys and creams, a grey and mid-tone purple. All of the wool was a Worsted Weight or a Medium (4) weight. All the wool came from Michaels.
I made all the centres first, and then did all the grey, then all the purple. It was good to work one colour at a time because I always knew where I was, but it felt like it took forever.
After many months of working away at it here and there, I finally finished all of the squares and started to stitch them together. Most patterns say to sew them, but I did that with another blanket and the first time I washed it some of the squares fell apart, so I crocheted them together because it made me feel like they were reinforced. To do this I used the mid-tone purple wool.
I won't try to explain the granny square to you as I feel like I wouldn't do it justice, but I thought this video would be helpful if you were new to crochet. I basically have self taught myself to crochet and quilt from her blog and youtube channel, her name is Melanie and her site is http://www.iheartstitching.com/.
Once the blanket was crocheted together, I finished it by doing a border of single crochet in every stitch. To do the fleece backing I used 2.5 meters of this beautiful lambs' wool fleece.
I will be honest, attaching the backing can feel daunting. To begin I laid out the fleece and then layered overtop my crochet. I used large safety pins to secure the two sides together.
Next, I used a blanket stitch with grey thread to sew the fleece to the back of the blanket, sewing into the bottom stitch of the chain (so when the blanket is flat you don't see the seam, it stays on the bottom.
Once all four sides were done, I had a really big glass of wine. It can be a tad stressful making sure everything stays lined up. I also learned the importance of tension when doing a big project so all your squares stay the same size and even.
To further secure the two pieces I then tacked the two layers together in the joined corners of the squares with a few simple stitches. This just helps keep the blanket together and nice and flat.
When I was done with all my stitching I crossed my fingers and did the washing machine test - and it passed!! I was so excited to take it out and have it in one piece! Just a side note, I always wash my crochet and quilts with about 1/4 cup - 1/2 cup of salt the first time to lock in colours.
While I absolutely love this blanket, it may take me a bit of time before I think about doing another one this size, I am proud of it and the family loves it (see, even my dog Bear is a fan), but it was a labour of love. I'm looking forward to some smaller projects like a baby blanket for my new nephew.
Anyone have any advice on crocheting? Are you working on any projects?