Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Granny Square Ta-dah!!!

It's done it's done it's done! While I really enjoyed working on this blanket I couldn't wait for it to be done, either. I think for the last quarter or so I was finally tired of the colors and weaving in all those ends. I could do the math for you on how many ends, but let's just say it was somewhere between a million and a gazillion. In the grand scheme of afghan making this really didn't take too long to make. It could probably be a bit larger, but I honestly didn't have it in me to go beyond this. It's just the right size for a curl up on the couch afghan, which is what I was aiming for anyway.


I swear he waited for me to lay this down and then decided to stare out the front door. I was going for a random placement of colors, but if you really study it you can see that there was a slight bit of planning involved, just to make sure I had an even spread. I used a G hook, for some reason. I just grabbed it and started hooking without even thinking that a larger hook would probably serve me better. This was quite a stiff blanket, but out of the dryer it is deliciously soft and cuddly, though quite heavy.

I was going for ugly '70s, but toned down so that it would be something I wouldn't get tired of seeing. The white makes it look so much more muted patchwork than garish reproduction. It also has a bit of a fall vibe to it, which was unintentional, but I suppose slightly intentional as what could I expect it to be when I chose such autumn colors?



I joined the blocks as I went along, which leaves you with a finished blanket instead of a pile of squares, but robs you of the opportunity to take pretty pictures of piles and piles of granny squares (though, as these are all edged in white, it wouldn't have been quite so pleasing to look at). Weaving in the ends as I went was the best decision, and I highly recommend it (pats self on back). There is nothing worse than that feeling when you're so close to being finished but are faced with the monumental task of hiding those annoying bits.


I did a very narrow (2 rounds) border for 2 reasons--I didn't feel like getting more yarn for a color border (I ended up having just the right amount), and I thought it looked pretty with just the white around it. But mostly because I didn't feel like getting more yarn.


I do have a slight ruffle to it, but I think I know why (it's the same reason it's slightly wider towards the bottom). Instead of buying all my yarn at once like everyone who ever lived tells you to do, I bought it piecemeal, for some reason. I didn't look at dye lots or batch numbers or anything, and I should have. One of my mustard skeins had a thicker feel to it, and my last 2 of the white did as well. This threw off the whole thing a little bit, making sections a touch wider. But every little bit adds up. Lesson for next time. It's only noticeable when it's laid out perfectly flat, and who does that anyway? Most of our blankets are usually found like this:


Rarely like this:



There is a LOT of yarn in this thing. I don't remember if I used two or three skeins of each color, and I think I used maybe 4 of the white. The colors were Vanna's Choice Mustard, Terra Cotta, Olive, and Chocolate, and for the white I used Red Heart's Aran.

If you were to attempt such an endeavor here are a few things to keep in mind:
  • Don't use a small hook. I used a G, but probably should have gone with an I, especially for something with so many stitches squished together.
  • Try and get your yarn all at once--this way everything has the same texture and color (I wasn't so concerned about color as my design was spread out.
  • If you're going for a large blanket you might want to consider a sport/baby/DK weight yarn. That wee difference in weight will add up.
  • Weave in ends as you go. 
  • Joining as you go lets you see your blanket grow, which is quite satisfying, but may require some planning to give you the look that you want. If you have a pile of squares to work with you have the luxury of creating your layout at the end. 
  • If you do join as you go, do it from the same edge with the same side facing up. Slight variations are created if you don't do this which aren't a big deal if you're not anal retentive, but might bug you if you are.

Now I must go and sew. I have been so consumed with this that my poor Lola probably feels neglected.

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21 comments:

  1. Wow this looks FABULOUS! Congrats on finishing!

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  2. It is absolutely gorgeous Bethany! I love granny squares, but have avoided making me one like this because I dread weaving in all those ends, it is a task I absolutely loathe! But weaving them in as you go would probably make it a litle more bearable. What did the finished size turn out to be?

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  3. Oooh, this is GREAT! Hope you survived the storm ok. I always hope to find a cheap weaving in ends laborer, but that goes against my socialist believings... grr!! ;-) I just started a new granny stripe blanket and I'm a bit scared on how to continue... ugh!
    Esther.

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  4. I love it! When I first saw the colors you picked I wasn't interested in seeing the finished product, but the white really makes it work. Great job!

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  5. I'm green with envy. It's gorgeous.

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  6. Wooooweeee! Beautiful Autumn colors! I love it Bethany! So pretty!!!!!
    xo Kris

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  7. That is one lovely cuddly blankie Beth! I love the colors that you've chosen. Your dog is amazing! Gave me a good laugh!
    You did great AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!

    xx
    Eleni

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  8. Do you do all your centers first, then switch to the next row etc? Or do you complete one square at a time?
    Nannette Crochet & Crafts thefunaunt.blogspot.com

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  9. Wow, looks good and as a crocheter I just know it took forever! Congrats on finishing it!

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  10. It turned out lovely! Nice job!

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  11. I adore the colors in it. It reminds me a lot of the blankets that I made when I was in college.

    I would love if you would link up to Fall Into the Holidays, running through Thursdays!

    http://redcrowgreencrow.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/fall-into-the-holidays-7/

    Katie @ Horrific Knits

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  12. Just stopping by to invite you to My Wednesday Linky party. http://diycraftyprojects.com/2012/11/whatcha-work-up-wednesday-linky-party-7.html

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  13. Beautiful! I LOVE the colors in this, you will definitely never get tired of looking at this beauty. I just started a weekly linky on my new crochet blog and would love for you to link up there. Found you at Whatch Work Up Wednesday

    http://quarteredheartcrochet.blogspot.com/p/pin-there-done-that-linky.html

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  14. Bethany, this blanket is beautiful, I love it's warm autumn colors!

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  15. This is awesome! I am always impressed that a ball of yarn can become something amazing! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!
    xoxo
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

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  16. Gorgeous blanket ! Love the colors !

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  17. It turned out great. I live the addition of the white,especially in the border. I think I need to Start joining squares and tucking in ends as I go along. Sounds much better than doing It all at the end.
    Ruth

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  18. visiting from the pin there done that blog hop! this is amazingly beautiful!

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  19. congrats on this finish. I can only imagine how long it took. I really want to make one of these.

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  20. This is a beautiful afghan. Thanks so much for sharing at last Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party. This weeks party is live. The link to the party is
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/11/wednesdays-adorned-from-above-link_14.html
    Can't wait to see you there.
    Have a great week.
    Debi

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