SEWING & CRAFT

Hand crocheted wool blanket

I’d always wanted to crochet a blanket and I also always like something to do once I’ve sat down in the evening so this project was a bit of a no-brainer.

My lovely sister-in-law who is also very crafty, bought me a brilliant book ‘200 crochet blocks for blankets, throws and afghans’ by Jan Eaton.

vintage crochet book

So I set about choosing the blocks for the blanket I wanted to make. The book actually has quite a few ideas for layouts using various blocks but I wanted to make up my own.

I settled on 3 different blocks but made each of them in 2 slightly different colourways.

Then I had to choose my wool. I knew I was going to need loads and I wanted to get something of decent quality if I was going to be putting all that time and effort into making it BUT I didn’t want to break the bank in the process.

I also wanted a large range of colours to choose from.

I settled on King Cole Merino blend DK, and it was great. I managed to find all the colours that I wanted – I chose terracotta, turquoise, cream, brown, gold, and burgundy (although the burgundy looks more purply in the photos than it really is) I was trying to capture the colours of the American South West.

vintage wool blanket

vintage crocheted wool

I don’t know what you think but I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.

As an added bonus it is washable and it is anti-tickle which is great because I tend to find wool very itchy.

The finished blanket is wonderfully heavy and very warm being wool. You really do feel the benefit when you wrap yourself up in it.

hand crocheted blanket

hand crocheted blanket

I ended up making 81 squares and joined them with double crochet for a really neat look and then edged it with more double crochet with the wool I had left over.

If I were to go back and do it again I think I would have made it a bit bigger – it just covers the top of our kingsize bed but I think I would have liked it slightly bigger.

I made it several years ago and the colours of the yarn have changed now so I don’t want to add to it in different colours although I guess if I could get one or two colours that match pretty well I could just make a 2 colour border? Maybe one day when my ‘to do’ list of sewing and knitting has shortened a bit.

hand stiched cushion

I also made this cushion.

Now I might actually make another of those with a different design – a pair would be nice…

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