Cal9: Cosy Blanket. Ta Dah!

This blanket follows Lucy’s Cosy Stripe blanket Crochet Along (CAL), changing the colours slightly so that I could use what I already had. This really is a lovely pattern using Stylecraft Special DK. The way Lucy balances the colours is truly beautiful so I stuck as close as I could to her colour order. Her colours have an autumnal feel, mine are a bit more summery I think (my colour list is near the end of this post).

I started way back in ….. November 2014 – oh, so only just over a year! I thought it was longer!

In my last post about this blanket, I was still working out the edging. The edging was added as, halfway through making it, we (my daughter A and I) decided to change it from a throw for a single bed, to one for her double bed.

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Laura on Ravelry, had used a border of African Flower Squares, (click on the link to find an excellent tutorial). It looked so pretty, so off I went, not quite realising how working out the colour sequences and lengths to fit, would turn this into such a marathon project.

I wanted to create a random sequence of flowers, set within the three different greens. I do make life complicated!

11 squares were needed for each short side (including one each at the corners) and 13 for each long side. 48 squares in all.DSC_0658

The easiest way to attach the squares was to join then in a long line first and then, sitting on a cushion on the floor, mattress stitch the line of squares to the edge of the blanket. DSC_0660I realise now that it would have been much better to have blocked the squares first – I was far too eager to see how they looked sewn together.

After sewing on the squares I did a row of single crochet (US) in the Lime green, making sure to keep the edges tight by not adding stitches at the seams between the squaresDSC_0635 DSC_0636

And this is how I worked round the corners:DSC_0641 (1)

Then after all that sewing, and working things out, and going around once to create a foundation for the outer border, I could relax into a few rows of speedy crochet before working the final edging.

Lucy’s edging seemed just a little bit too narrow for this size of blanket so I tried a larger variation so that A could choose which she liked the bestDSC_0647

Lucy’s pattern goes horizontally across the top, my variation on the left.

chose my adaptation (Let me know if you would like more details about how to do this edging). I wanted to finish in time for A’s birthday in October……DSC_0648 (1)

But ……. I didn’t.

I really enjoyed the feel of the weight of the blanket over my knees as I worked on the edging, such a relief to be making good progress, with the end in sight.

Then after a few more ends to sew in – just the signature heart needed in one corner …..

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and

TaH DaH!

It was finished in time for Christmas!

 Hurray! Round of Applause! and Party Poppers!

What a relief! I feel a huge sense of achievement and it is SO great to have finished it. I haven’t managed to take a photo of it in situ yet, but A took this photo with her phone and emailed it to me. She absolutely loves it and it makes their room so cosy and bright.

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It does look right at home in that log cabin!

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Joining in with Ginny’s Yarn along

Book: ‘Heidi’ by Johanna Spyri, this was one of my favourites as a child, I read it to my daughter and I have just started to read it to Miss E. Such Joy!

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Here follows the nitty-gritty of how to make the bedspread:

The width was the same a Lucy’s pattern, which is a width for a single bed.

Using Stylecraft Special DK, and a 4.5mm hook, make a foundation chain of 198, and work 78 rows for the body of the blanket. (This is a little shorter than Lucy’s pattern)

Here are the colours in the order they were crochetted:

The colours in bold are the same colours as Lucy used, although not necessarily in the same order (I have listed the colours I have substituted in Cal4):

Petrol, Meadow, Saffron, Spice, Bright Pink, Lime,

Khaki, Wisteria, Magenta, Clematis, Spice, Raspberry,

Denim, Bluebell, Khaki, Petrol, Spice, Lime, 

Saffron, Spice, Bright Pink, Magenta, Clematis, Bluebell,

Denim, Meadow, Saffron, Clematis, Raspberry, Spice,

Saffron, Lime, Petrol, Magenta, Wisteria, Khaki,

Clematis, Meadow, Denim, Bright Pink, Saffron, Spice,

Raspberry, Bluebell, Lime, Saffron, Denim, Magenta,

Spice, Meadow, Bright Pink, Clematis, Saffron, Khaki,

Spice, Wisteria, Petrol, Bluebell, Raspberry, Spice, 

Saffron, Lime, Bluebell, Magenta, Spice, Saffron,

Meadow, Petrol, Raspberry, Bright Pink, Khaki, Denim, 

Clematis, Wisteria, Spice, Magenta, Lime and Petrol.

 

I had fun mixing and matching the colours for the border as you can see from these previous posts :

Cal5

Cal5 decisions and choices, where you can see many of the squares as well as the ones that Miss E and my daughter chose as their favourites

Cal7, where you can see more squares and me trying to work out how many for each side. I realise now that I did not need to add any rows at all as the seam lines add sufficient extra length to the squares to fit.

If you want to know any further details about this bedspread, let me know. There are over 500 variations on Ravelry, so plenty of inspiration for other colour combinations.

It was an absolute joy to make!

I might just have to make another one.

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47 responses to “Cal9: Cosy Blanket. Ta Dah!

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  2. That is stunning! Note to self – learn to crochet!!! Something to do by the fire on these dreary days when the rain is just too much! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Without crochet and other crafts I’d never get through the gloom! I taught myself from a book, but there are some wonderful clips on You Tube to help you learn and Lucy at Attic24 does the best tutorials I know – good luck!

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  3. What a great project and a great result – will there again come a time when I sit down long enough for a big ‘making’ project…? 😦

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    • Thanks Cathy, glad you like it. I do most of my knitting and crochet when I’m watching TV in the evenings, visiting my Mum, babysitting, waiting for appointments or travelling – that is, they mostly happen when I’m also doing something else. In that way they don’t really feel like big projects they sort of grow without me noticing. It’s the finishing off that takes the time, so I have vowed not to start another project that needs a complicated border.

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      • For many many years in my younger days I used to have knitting or embroidery on the go, invariably whilst doing something else – I suppose my interests have expanded so much that I rarely watch television and sitting down commitments are few. It’s definitely train journeys and visits to my Mum that I wonder about a knitting project – but fear it wouldn’t get finished once I returned home… 😕

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  4. Wow wow wow! I just love this!!! One of these days I will crochet a blanket as it’s always on my to do list in my mind. This is just beautiful!

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  5. Wow that looks amaaazing! So much work in one quilt. Love all the colours and patterns 🙂

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  6. Fabulous blanket, the border is amazing. 🙂 Happy New Year. 🙂

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  7. As beautiful as a rainbow. That soft green on the edge is perfect.

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  8. Beautiful! And it is a stunning feature in rustic surroundings. So lively and bright. I wonder if she might wrap herself up in it when it’s not needed for bed. 😉 Lucky daughter, and what a great collaboration. (One day perhaps I’ll learn to knit….)

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    • I am really pleased the way it turned out and so is ‘A’. We need some colour around here at the mo – very grey and damp!
      I’m sure there will be lots of snuggling under that blanket when the weather turns colder – it’s pretty mild at the moment.
      I think you will like it if you do take up knitting (or crochet), it’s very relaxing.

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  9. Oh wow! It is absolutely stunning! Such a splash of color! Congrats on the fabulous FO!

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  10. That is certainly a lot of work but with such a beautiful result! It looks gorgeous.

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  11. Wow, Daffy, that is absolutely gorgeous. The colours are so vibrant and the design so pretty, I bet you (and your daughter) are thrilled to bits with it. You are so clever! 🙂

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  12. That turned out so well! Perfect colors. Beautiful! 🙂

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  13. What a stunning blanket. The border is gorgeous 🙂

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  14. Beautiful blanket – brings so much colour to a dull, gloomy day:)

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  15. That is a joyful blanket, the colours flowers and stripes are wonderful. I am very impressed as I cannot crochet, knit or sew for toffee! Well done.

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  16. Beautiful blanket. I can just imagine all the calculating needed to get the squares to fit with the stripes and the impatience to see it come together. Very well done!

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  17. Blown away it’s gorgeous!

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  18. This is so impressive – well done! And double well done for persevering and finishing it. The colour combinations look great and you’re right it’s summery colours. Love bec xx

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    • Thanks Bec, it certainly is a relief to have finished. I’m itching to start another! (no flower border this time though!) So glad you like it. Thanks for confirming the summery fell to the colours. Perhaps a Spring colourway next.

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  19. WOWSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am totally in awe of this beautiful creation, that flower border is stunning and makes such a fabulous addition to the stripes, they look soooooooo good together! Absolutely wonderful, thasnks for sharing xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    • Gosh Lucy! Thanks for dropping by! I’m thrilled you like what I did with your wonderful pattern – it’s fantastic how designs can evolve. I’ve loved looking through all the projects posted on Ravelry too. Happy Hooky New Year to you and your family. xxxxxxxxx ❤

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