I tried to think of the last time I made Z a blanket (not counting the giant piece of fleece he had me cut straight and that qualifies as a blanket to him). It was when he was about two. And it was made to fit a two year old. He told me recently he went through his things and got rid of old stuff, but he kept that because I made it (even though he probably doesn't use it). I love that he kept it. Anyway, while Z is a kid who loves his sports and can repeat stats back to you (like his father) until your eyes glaze over and you start thinking about cake, he adores video games.
One reservation I had was that all of the yarn was of one type, except for the charcoal gray that makes up the background. It was a bit differently textured, which is fine as it was the background and it helped differentiate it, but I was worried about it working up too large or small even though gauge was similar. All worked in the end, and you can barely see the difference, but the gray is a weensy bit rougher in texture.
OK, enough blathering. Ready to see it?
Didn't that turn out pretty stinkin' cool? The colors are so vibrant, and almost exactly match the picture I had (except for the purple, which looked darker online, but I ordered it from Deramores in UK--it's their King Cole DK weight yarn--and I wasn't getting into more shipping and all that jazz so I went with it). I think my favorite thing is that when it's slung across you, it looks like a random rainbow granny square blanket, but when you have it laid out flat it's very obvious that it's a Tetris board in progress. There's even that bit next to the strip of blue that gives me angst to look at--
-- and then that strip of blue that came just in time so that things wouldn't stack up crazy fast and end your game--
As I made square after square (150 in total) I wondered about the border. What was the best way to go? I knew it would be the same method of doing a granny square, but what colors? Should I do colors? Just black and gray? Thick? Thin? I decided to just go with it and see how it worked out. I had a lot of red and yellow left, so I threw those in, and then the gray and black to tone it down a bit. I didn't lay it out and take a look until the last end was woven in. I can be really reckless and adventurous, y'know. Happily, it looked just how I wanted. It was a pure Goldilocks moment--not too bright, not too light, not too dominant/submissive. It was almost its own element and reminded me a bit of another game (remember Centipede, anyone? Or am I dating myself by letting you all know I had an Atari that didn't come from eBay?).
I couldn't believe how much fun I had making this. Whenever I make something for boys/guys, I worry as my inclination is towards pink and flowers and more girly things. But some of my favorite things I've made have been guy-oriented. I think it's because I don't have to worry about embellishments and ruffles and how to make it sweet and precious. While colorful and fun, it's still kind of minimalist in its construction. I already know what my next blanket will be and I'm excited for it, but it's super secret so you'll just have to wait :)
OK, so here's the skinny on the whole thing:
- 150 squares, each made using this pattern and being joined with this technique, achieving a lay-flat border with this tutorial.
- The image I followed was from Google Images (I searched Tetris and found this). I hacked off a few rows at the top but the rest is the same.
- The yarn I used is from Deramores--King Cole Pricewise DK for everything but the dark charcoal, which is King Cole Big Value DK. Though different yarns the gauge did end up being the same, though the texture is a bit different. I also used a G-hook.
- I put this in the washer and dryer and it came out very soft. Acrylic won't shrink up as wool and cotton do, and the process actually helps to relax the fibers. Pre-wash it had a crinkly look in some parts as sometimes I have a tighter hand, but post-wash was perfectly flat and straight.
- It finished up at about 45 x 65 inches, give or take--a great couch snuggler size.
So that's that! Kind of fun, right?
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