Friday, September 05, 2014

FO: The Great Big Enormous Mystery Crochet Blanket

 Vital Statistics:

Weight:  1450g
Metres:  2465m  (based on 85m in a 50g ball)

Pattern:  Inside Crochet magazine Mystery Crochet Blanket, from Issues 48, 49, 50 and 51.  With enormous thanks to two fellow Ravellers: Jadesfire and Craftyfox for sending me their issues 48 and 49.

Materials: the equivalent of 29 x 50g balls of Rico Creative Cotton Aran, but I had to buy additional balls of individual colours to complete rows in a single colour.  A 5.00 mm crochet hook.

Cost?  If it had taken only 29 balls it would have cost around £1.69 x 29 (price of the yarn at Kemps), but I needed more like 45 balls to preserve the integrity of each round... so somewhere around £75

Time to make?  I started it in March and have been plugging away at it ever since, with pauses to order more yarn.  But really?  Not long at all, considering the size of it!

 Finished Dimensions:
This is the blanket on a King-sized bed.

 A close up of my favourite stripes.

 And this is the same blanket on a Single bed.


Blanket posing on the window sill of the holiday cottage.

What do you think this is, blanket?  "Country Living" magazine?!

Verdict?
This was a hugely enjoyable challenge.
Until now I had not crocheted anything bigger than a baby's bootee.
I learned loads of new stitches and had the chance to play with colour on a grand scale.
And I discovered how yarn-hungry crochet can be!
Would I make it again?  Not using this sort of cotton yarn - it split like crazy.
But I will definitely keep on crocheting... now that I know I can.
I have this hankering for a great big enormous granny square blanket...!


28 comments:

Jenni said...

Have just joined my local WI and am hoping to learn crochet :-) this beautiful blanket is very inspiring x

wendy said...

Your blanket is absolutely gorgeous, it does look like it belongs in Country Living :). I often think of making a granny square blanket but all those ends and joining squares puts me off.

Jen Forsythe said...


I also joined the W.I. a couple of years ago and had a 'crochet Saturday'. I'm afraid all I produced was a flower brooch--- onwards & upwards! I can aspire to your lovely blanket. It looks amazing & your photos definitely not out of place in Country Living.

ravelledsleeve said...

That's beautiful!

The Foggy Knitter said...

Wow that's epic and wonderful and colourful and brilliant!

Laura Jantek said...

it is a wonderful blanket/spread. It reminds me of pictures of streets strewn with flowers in patterns for festivals! well done!
Laura

Sew little time said...

It's beautiful roo - so colourful and we'll worth all that work!

Pam Bochel said...

That is stunning! I'm tempted to try crochet again (I've not been able to master it so far).

jo90 said...

That is a beautiful blanket, the colours are magnificent. I have just taught myself to crochet and am about three quarters through a blanket made of huge granny squares!

Janine said...

Beautiful. Every time I read your blog I am inspired to knit by all the wonderful colourful happy projects you make but then I have to remember I am a rubbish knitter. Last jumper I made took 7 years all up and despite the time and money spent I gave it to the op shop is looked so daggy.

carihomemaker.com said...

It turned out absolutely gorgeous.

SimpleFibreLife said...

You did it! Yayayay! It looks great. Those colours are so uplifting.
I made a granny square throw a couple of years ago. Just one huge square. It's a permanent fixture on our sofa. Nice and warm, but airy enough to not get stuffy. Definitely a yarn hungry project though.
If I were to make another one I'd make it from smaller granny squares so it would be a more portable project.

Kaja said...

There's nothing I like better than a nice blanket, and this one is lovely! It definitely deserves its Country Living moment.

poppyinstitches said...

it's beautiful!

deborah said...

I think it looks absolutely glorious - well worth all that effort!

CarolS said...

Today there is a man's crochet 'couture' blanket coat in the Guardian - nearly £2000 - beautiful colours yes but ........
I hope that most of the money is going to the crocheter(s)

vintagerockchick said...

Great blanket - and it's inspired me to get on with the one that's been draped over the arm of my sofa for nearly three years. In my defence, I couldn't crochet when I inherited it from my baby sis, but I have taught myself to do it (it's a simple pattern) and I imagine she's looking down and nagging me to finish it for her. x

Katy (Ioftheneedle) said...

Love it!

Ms Goodenough said...

The different stitches look great. I'm sure it'll be a huge, hug of warm comfort. Just lovely.

rosylea said...

Absolutely lovely! What a very beautiful work of art you have made, you must be delighted!

Lynne said...

Oh my goodness, what a brilliant blanket! I had to google the weight in old money, and that's just over 3lbs, which must have been awkward for the last rounds. It's absolutely beautiful though, and you should definitely have a go at a granny square blanket. I've made one, and it's a wonderfully portable project until you get to the putting it together stage.

beate grigutsch said...

this is just beautiful!!!!!
the colors, texture, size. fab.
xx

Lynn Barnes said...

Huzzah! Good work, friend, for finishing such a beautiful (and incidentally useful) object. Bask in the virtue of your virtuosity in making this bright, warm blanket.

acharmofmagpies said...

Wow that is a LOT of crochet! I am so impressed, and think it looks fabulously bright and happy! Enjoy snuggling in it in your upcoming winter.

Ingrid K. said...

Dear Roo, Your blanket is just so beautiful! What an awesome achievement! I love the colours, it just looks gorgeous! You have been officially 'lured over to the other side' (from knitting to crochet), hahaha!!! We do have cookies!!! ;)

I'm totally in awe with all the amazing socks you have been making, each pair more thrilling than the last! The thing about crochet is that you can just start with something small and turn it into anything you want, as is the case with granny squares. I like the idea of 'modules', and that also makes for portable projects! (I recently made a baby blanket for the first time, but in the end I didn't fancy lugging it with me on my bus journeys anymore, it got too big)

Looking forward to reading more about your future crochet... ;)
Take care!
Ingrid xx
http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

madeinoxford said...

Yay, it's finished! And it's spectacular :) The colours are gloriously bright and cheerful, and I can't believe how big it is. Wonderful!

Scruffybadger said...

Oh my but that is my kind of blanket! The rainbow of colours and the opportunity to learn so many stitches. It's divine!!!!! I have serious blanket envy. I somehow like the idea of this kind of design over granny squares....I think it's the rainbow effect. Nice work. That is an heirloom!

Anna said...

That is lovely! Crochet blankets can feel like they're taking over your entire life and then suddenly they're done! I like the weight of a cotton blanket and they seem to be wearing well so far.

Looking forward to seeing your next one, they're a bit addictive!