It’s a long “dah” today, but that’s because it’s proportional to length of time it took me to finish this bad boy*. To wit, 2 years, 1 month, 25 days in the making. Or to put it differently, 785 days / 67,824,000 seconds / 1,130,400 minutes / 18,840 hours / 112 weeks. (*The link takes you to the post that explains where I got the name Idenity Crisis from. You’ll see… It makes perfect sense.)
To be fair I couldn’t work on it, or should I say “under it”, during the Summer and it a very big blanket. The point is: I finished it and I’m proud of it!
Blanket statistics are as follows:
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK. I think I used roughly 5 skeins of each colour, but it may be more.
Colours: Plum (maroon), Meadow (green), Denim (dark blue), Parchment (off-white), Cloud Blue (light blue) and Mocha (brown).
Blanket pattern: Spicey Delights by Lionbrand yarns
Border pattern: Border #112
Layout: 72 rows of stripes, one row of 21 4-round granny squares, 20 rows of stripes, one row of 21 4-round granny squares, 20 rows of stripes, one row of 21 4-round granny squares and a final 72 rows of stripes.
This is where it all started. I took this photo on 21 November 2009 – one day after starting the blanket. I can hardly believe the blanket was ever this small!
It hasn’t always been an enjoyable journey though… Here is what I wrote in the Notes of this project on my Ravelry page.
I’m making this afghan to match the Granny and Grandpa square cushions in our bedroom. I had to promise hubby that I won’t use any pink, but that’s a small price to pay to get my hooky way 🙂
I’m using Biscuit and Jam’s Random Stripe Generator. What an amazing tool!!!
31 December 09: I am really getting tired of working on this ginormous blanket. The only thing keeping me going is seeing how it changes as I add more stripes. Thank goodness for the stripe generator!
5 January 2010: I’m starting to resent this blanket cause it just doesn’t want to get bigger even though I already have 72 rows! I hook and hook and hook and it still looks like a really big scarf.
29 May 2010: I’m starting the blanket again, but I’ll be doing 4 round granny squares for the middle section.
30 August 2011: I’m baaaack….
31 December 2011: All rows are finished and the blanket is the size I wanted. Weaving in of the ends and edging left to do.
1 January 2012: All the ends are woven in.
2 January 2012: Added Around the Corner Crochet Border # 112, and I’m done, finish, kaput! 20 November 2009 – 2 January 2012 in the making.
It was all worth it in the end though. Here’s why.
Thank goodness we have only one double bed in our home, otherwise I might just be tempted to make another huge blanket because, all things considered, I would do it again.
Wow I am very impressed what a beautiful beautiful blanket!!!
That is absolutely beautiful, a huge well done! Qnd you picked such great colours! My quilt is currently three years in the making and not nearly finished – one day! A very big well done – looks fabulous!
Dit was al die ure se werk werd dis so vrek mooi. En hoe dit aanmekaar gesit is man alles is sommer net MOOOOI.
It. is. beautiful. A bed with a crocheted blanky is just COMPLETE, don’t you think. Each night I tuck my little boy into bed and then put his granny squary blanky over him and it looks perfect. Yours give me strength for my ginormous ripple I started a few month ago…..
Underground Crafter said:
Wow, this looks great! It is hard to believe that the random stripe generator could produce something so awesome – but then again, randomness appears in nature, too. I’m in the midst of a bedspread myself, so I applaud your bravery!
This is so beautiful and just love the info you wrote while in the process of this journey. It was so funny to read all about your feelings, being so tired of it but then comes the real thing and you put yourself into the blanket and complete it. Well done and thank you for sharing.
Dit is baie mooi, jy kan werklik trots voel. Ek is nog ‘n beginner wat hekel betref en het groot bewondering vir die hoeveel tyd wat jy hieraan spandeer het. Wel gedaan.
It is stunning! You did a really good job! Congrats! and the colors are beautiful!
Crochet with Raymond said:
I absolutely love it, love the design, it is so original and nice to see something different in the world! Well done :O) I want to make one now too!
Thank you all for all your lovely, uplifting, encouraging comments. I appreciate it so so so much!
OMG! This is beautiful and I am so inspired. I will put this on my “must crochet in 2012” list. Love it!
im with you.. I love it 🙂 and the colours.
Is dit nie net so absoluut dit moeite werd nie! Well done oor en oor.
Dit is werklik n pragtige deken, wel gedaan! Ek wil so graag ook so iets aanpak maar net al die bedrywighede om jou kom n mens nie daar by uit nie Dit is werklik n erfstuk.
Adene Grey said:
Ag dis te mooi! Kyk ek het heel toevallig op jou blog afgekom en hekel sederdien te lekker. Ek sal nog drie keer moet lewe om alles te hekel wat in my kop is- dankie.
Jy laat mens se vingers lekker kry!! Magtig maar dit is mooi, jy het baie om op trots te wees. Dit lyk pragtig.
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Beautiful! So inspiring!!
What a fantastic blanket. Worth all the time and effort!
This is beautiful. Has inspired me to try
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That is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!
I chuckled several times reading your progress ….sounds just like me! I too get excited at the start of one of these projects, midway thru HATE the darn thing but when finished somewhat remorseful that its over!!!!
Bonnie J. Hinkley-Cantrell said:
I just went and found the Biscuit and Jan stripe generator. Now that is a cool tool. I made one twin size blanket in one color…talk about getting bored! Thanks for the information and what a fantastic blanket you have made!
tammy jo said:
this is so beautiful. I can understand how you feel about it not getting bigger when you work on it so hard and so long. I have had to start making lap size ones because I just can’t wait to give them as a gift. Keep on Hooking 🙂
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absolutely beautiful.well done x
Thank you everyone for all your kind comments, both here and on the Knit and Crochet Now! Facebook page. Your words mean so much!
I am making good progress with my blanket. I also use the Afghan Spice and different blocks in between. How did you join your blocks to the Afghan strips? Did you crochet them together or did you sew then together. Thanks. Karina
Well done Karina! I joined the blocks to the stripes by crocheting them together but it did take a lot of effort to get them to line up and space them evenly.
I used safetypins to pin the squares to the stripes and then tried to space my crochet stitches evenly between the two safety pins so that it wouldn’t bunch up of stretch too much.
Hope this helps.
Thanks Natasja! That helps. It looks nice…. But it is an effort! Dankie!
Judi FitzPatrick said:
Wow, it’s gorgeous! Congratulations on finishing this masterpiece.
This blanket is just amazing. The bed looks beautiful and it must have been so much work. Just such a gorgeous piece of crochet, well done!!!!
This is fab!!! Happy snuggling under your master piece!
p.s. are yu sure there’s no pink in there? heheheh
Thanks Helen. Yes, no pink. Although, between you and me, I was very tempted! I seriously contemplated a round of pink in one of the grannies but Hubby’s beady little eye would definitely have noticed so no pink. 🙂
This is beautiful. It gives me hope. I started a single bed blanket last year and also switched to some granny squares in the summer, here in Durbs it is too hot to crochet big things in the summer. I am new to crochet and this is my first blanket ever so if it looks half as good as yours I will be thrilled. Keep up this blog I am so inspired.
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Me encanto, estoy facinada, tengo muchas ganas de hacer una, pero no tengo mucho tiempo, necesitaria saber cuantos kilos x color usaste y de que medidas es la manta, no tengo idea para calcular.Gracias por compartirlo, felicitaciones!!!!!!!!!!
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Wow congratulations on such a beautiful piece of work. Well done for persevering with it.
Your crocheted coverlet is really beautiful! You have inspired me to tackle a king-size one for my own bed [making googly eyes].
I’m going to check out that Random Stripe Generator, too.
I would love to see granny square and striped coverlets or blankets others have been inspired to create per this post. Please send out a call for all crocheters to fire up their cameras and upload pics of their work!
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A massive WOW I am very impressed. It’s wonderful. Helen is making me one. Can’t wait to see it. Happy snuggling
Thanks Lynn! Crocheted blankets are the best, I’m sure’ you’re going to love the one Helen is making for you.
I love this! Going to make one!
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I just love it!!! Can you tell me how you figured out how many chains to start with. I am pretty new I crocheting but I would love to try and make an afghan size!!!
I didn’t know much about crocheting a blanket either so I just made a foundation chain and and kept going until it covered the width of the bed. My mistake was that I didn’t take into account the foundation chain would stretch and the weight of the crochet would also pull down the crochet, so it ended up being very big.
This answer from Yahoo answers is excellent:
First of all make a sample chain. Measure how many chains are in an inch. Then measure the
length of a full size blanket in inches and multiply the number of chains times the length of blanket. That should get you the approx. foundation row for you blanket. (Ex: if there are 7 chains in one inch, and you measure the blanket as 72 inches, you multiply it and you’d get 504 chains for the foundation row). I suggest with a lot of chains, you have something to mark the number of chains as you are going along.
I would suggest doing what this lady says.
Thank you so much that the info!! I will be starting it today!!!
Good luck, and enjoy!
Don’t you have to know how many stitches are in your granny squares, so they match up with the stitches in the strips? It may have taken a long time to make but is so pretty it was well worth it.
Wow, I love your blanket, the colours are gorgeous, along with the cushions it really makes a statement. I know how you feel about it being a never ending project as I am just finishing off my fourth blanket. I decided to make one for each of our children and it has been quite a task.
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Beautiful! On my ‘to do’ list as of today!
Karen Weaver said:
This blanket is absolutely beautiful!! But when I clicked on the Spicey Delights, it takes me to a very different afghan. Can you help me? I would love to make this but I can’t do anything without a pattern.. 😦
Hi. Here is the link. You will have to log in or create a free Lionbrand account to access the pattern: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/60230.html
Karen Weaver said:
I clicked that link and still get the wrong pattern. I tried to send you a copy of the picture I get, but it won’t let me. Is it possible for you to copy the pattern and email it to me? My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I would really appreciate it since I have already ordered the yarn!! Thanks Natasia!!!!!!!!!
Very nice…love all the colors!
A true work of art. Am busy making 9 blankets, one for each grandchild (there is another on the way) and the eldest wanted every colour I could find soooo, I am making this one! What I would really appreciate knowing is if you worked your strpe sections and crocheted them onto the granny squares as you went. Or sewed them together afterwards ?
Wow Val, that’s a mamoth task! Good luck with all the blanket making. I’m glad this one is one of the nine you have chosen. You certainly can utilise all the colours in your stash with this design 🙂 I crocheted the stripes and then made each granny square seperately. I then laid them out in a long row next to each other so that I can see how many granny squares I needed. I sewed the short sides of the granny squares together to make a long strip of grannies. Then I pinned the row of grannies to the stripes and sewed them to the stripes (I had to pin them so that I would be sure I don’t stretch them out of proportion). When I started the stripes again, I created the shells in the stitches of the granny squares. I hope this is clear and helpful. If not, feel free to contact me again.
I just came across this blanket when I was looking for stash busting patterns. I have to say I LOVE IT! It’s beautiful and looks like it will keep you warm for years to come. Despite the time it took to get it done, I’m sure that this will become a family favorite. 🙂
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Hello Natasja! Thank you for sharing this creation. I was wondering how you got it started. I’m attempting a blanket similar to yours, but I can’t seem to start it nicely. Can you give me any help?
Very pretty, I love the colours!
Zira Luna said:
What pattern was used for your squares and how did you connect them to the stripes on either side please. My boyfriend chose your patterned blanket out of HUNDREDS we looked at & it’s the first project he asked me specifically to make. Thank you in advance 🙂
Hi there. I’m happy to hear your boyfriends chose my blanket design. 🙂 The pattern for the squares are just traditional granny squares. If you look on the Photo Tutorials tab of my blog, you will see step by step instructions for making a traditional granny square. I joined all the squares together to make a long strip and then sewed that strip of granny squares onto the row.
Zira Luna said:
Thank you so much 🙂 Have a wonderful day!
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That looks beautiful, the colours and mixture of pattern look great together. Well done!! I made a plain cherry red granny square double bed blanket for my son’s girlfriend, so I know the work it entails. I only offered to make her a cushion and she asked for a bedspread!!
Wow, absolutely amazing! I wish I had the time to make one for me 🙂
Hallo. Die kombers is baie mooi. Ek hou van die kleure wat jy gebruik het xxx
I love it… you are so talented.
Have not seen anything so pretty in a long time.