You know when your yarn stash is getting a bit too crazy?
I bought around 10 skeins of the most beautiful James C Brett Harmony DK yarn when it was on sale at Love Crochet. It was half price – so how can you not?
But true to form, I was then distracted by several other crochet projects, general life, and keeping babies alive, and this stash stayed stashed.
I’ve just gone back to work after 11 months maternity leave, so I’d taken a step back from crochet and teaching whilst I eased myself back into being a fully responsible adult again. Once I realised that I could manage work/family life with a few hours to spare in the evening, I decided on a nice easy project to get me back into my crochet head space; the granny square blanket.
This is where the beautiful yarn comes in.
I worked up the blanket in around 1.5 weeks, spending a couple of hours on it each evening.
I used 6 skeins of 100g James C Brett Harmony DK yarn for the main blanket, and less than 1 skein of 100g DK yarn for the border (I’m not quite sure where this yarn is from – it’s one from my stash that lost its label at some point in time).
I also used my absolute fave wooden 3.5mm hook – it’s super smooth and light and it also has quite a sharp pointed hook so it’s really easy to navigate through stitches. Note to self; purchase more sizes.
All the impact
No matter what project you’re working on, this type of yarn is so surprising. It’s lovely to see how the colour transitions are going to pan out, and I absolutely love the occasional colour change mid 3dc cluster. It’s also a bit of a cheat using yarn like this on a blanket, as ordinarily you’d need to change yarn throughout to create that traditional colourful granny square blanket look – but with this you get all of the impact without have to weave in tons of loose ends. Win!
It’s often hard to visualise how much yarn you’ll need to make up a finished project, especially for a blanket, where the first skein will deliver around 20 rounds, but as your blanket increases in size the sixth skein will only deliver around 5 rounds.
So, as a reminder to myself and hopefully to give a few of you a rough idea of how far each skein will go, I’ve taken pictures as I’ve finished each one.
Pom Pom Boarder
This blanket is for my little girl. It’s currently 30 degrees, and she already has two crochet blankets, so she’s in no rush to snuggle it right now, but I’m guessing (hoping) it will be a lot more popular in the winter months.
And whilst she has a lovely soft and feminine bedroom, I also have a severe dislike for anything ‘too-pink’, so of course, like any loving mother, I’m forcing my style and opinions onto my child. The introduction of the blue pom pom border was just what this blanket needed to nudge it over into the ‘not-too-pink’ category.
If you’ve never done a Pom Pom border before, here’s a quick tutorial.
Crochet granny square blanket pattern
I’ve previously written up the pattern to the crochet granny square blanket, and you can also download the free PDF version too.
You can check out my gallery to see other granny square blankets I’ve made too.