On the Hook: A New Blanket

granny ripple blanketA new year means a new blanket, and looking at instagram, facebook etc it seems like every knitter and crocheter has started a new project to brighten up a gloomy January.

This is a truly “upcycled” blanket, it began life as a ripple blanket and was meant for the teen to take away with her, but instead she chose a rather grubby, but much loved fluffy “blankie” and this one lay unloved across her bed at home.

I had in mind a granny square throw, but not being a lover of all that sewing up and weaving in of pesky ends I sought inspiration in Sarah Hazell’s new stitch dictionary. As soon as I saw her Granny Chevron pattern (number 184), I knew this was the answer.

Once you have made your initial chain and worked the set up row it’s very simple and very relaxing. The addition of some soft bobbles on the decreases makes for a pretty blanket and means that you do need to pay a bit of attention to your work.

There are lots of examples and free Granny Chevron / Ripple blankets available if you would prefer to follow a pattern. A favourite among my crochet pupils is this one from Very Pink Knits (which comes with a handy youtube video) and one you’ll see “pinned” a great deal is this one from The LazyHobbyhopper blog, which has very clear photo tutorials.

In true “stashbuster” fashion, I have vowed not to buy any yarn for this project. I know that won’t last, but for now I’m making do. Most of the yarns are “heavy” arans or chunky wool, but I’ve also used some 4 ply (held double) and a bit of dk.

It’s going to take a while to get this one finished as I’ve so much else on, I’ve popped all the yarn  into a basket so it will probably be my knit group project for a couple of weeks until it gets too big to carry easily. Then, ever the optimist, I shall sit outside with the growing blanket over my lap and watch for signs of spring!

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  1. I love granny ripple; – beautiful colours!

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  2. Tracey

     /  January 16, 2014

    Thank you x

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