One thing I love to make for my family members is a great blanket. It will keep them warm, decorate their home, and become a keepsake they can pass on to their kids one day. Blankets take a while to create, but are always worth the effort involved.
CABLE KNIT BLANKET
Several years ago, to accompany their newly re-done living room, I knit a blanket for my parents. It is pretty large – much bigger than I usually make.
I had an idea in my head of what I wanted the blanket to look like, incorporating braided cables, ribbing, multiple colors…
I went to work first sketching, then writing out a pattern. Since the blanket was so large, I had to knit the taupe center section separately from the maroon border pieces. Circular knitting needles only come in certain lengths. This blanket became increasingly heavy the further I knit (it was just so big). My left hand turned into what I referred to as “the claw” because of the shape my hand took from the weight it held while I knit. Yes, this is even with the bulk of the weight sitting in my lap. It took a lot of time and effort to uncurl my fingers. Haha, I never thought of the Inspector Gadget reference until now!
After knitting and assembling all of the pieces, I finished the blanket with a crocheted border.
RIDGED CROCHET BLANKET
A few years ago was my brother and sister-in-law’s first Christmas as a married couple. I decided to make a blanket for them.
To achieve the desired look, I pulled several colors and strands of yarn together and knotted them up with a giant crochet hook. The blanket was made with mostly triple crochets and chains. I used a blend of forest green, taupe and off-white yarns. My brother loves earth tones.
By crocheting through the back half of the stitch on the row below, ridges were created with the front half of the stitch. In the close-up you can see how there is a ridge every-other row (and reversed on the back side).
The blanket was crocheted all in one piece, then finished off with a border consisting of a few single crochet rows.
TRIPLE CROCHET BLANKET
My older sister was next in line for a blanket. I remember making it after she bought her house.
My sister’s furniture was mostly neutral so I wanted to give her a subtle pop of color. I went to the store with her and fibbed about who I was making a blanket for because I wanted her opinion on color. The blue was her favorite out of the options that were available. I mixed the 1 strand of blue with 2 strands of taupe yarn and again used a giant crochet hook.
This blanket was similar in pattern to the one made for my brother, but there were no ridges. This is because I crocheted through the entire stitch below instead of just half of it. This blanket was also crocheted all in one piece, then finished off with a border – 1 row of single crochet then 1 row of half double crochet if I remember correctly. I chose my yarn very carefully for these blankets so despite the spaces in the pattern, anybody wrapped up in this will be quite warm.
The blue ended up being inspiration to incorporate more color into the room. Blue throw pillows, floor vase, etc. I also made my sister some coasters with blue fabric a couple of years later (stay tuned for those photos).