Sweet Progress

If you have looked at my Flickr in the last couple of days you will have noticed that I have not only completed all 12 big squares for the Granny Alice blanket, but I have joined them all too. Hurrah! The joining part is so exciting, and so speedy with the join as you go method (thank you Lucy).

The squares are 18 rounds and then the joining round makes 19. I suppose 20 would be a more even number, but 18 felt like enough when I was making them.

Do you not think that being able to fold a blanket that you have been making in sections is just THE most delicious thing? Lovely. I take great delight in being able to do this!

I also LOVE that you can use the scraps from making big blankets to plant the seeds to grow your next blanket. These are all from using the leftovers from the Granny Alice and I’m intending to continue this just as and when, rather than a full blown project. Well, that’s the plan anyway, but you know me … !

22 thoughts on “Sweet Progress

  1. holy moly, super jealous of your speedy work, is that the chunky wool you were talking about, im all about the chunky at the moment, i go into work every day with something different on my needles lol, i have started my mittens but doing knitted ones lol. miss ya xx

  2. I love it <3

    TOTALLY know what you mean on the folding, too. I love having a big, thick squashy wad of continuous blanket to squeeze. Been doing it with BGB even thought it’s still only some kind of crazy L shape!

  3. Carl says:

    I’d love to know what yarn, and more importantly, what COLORS you used! The combination is truly exquisite. I agree with you about joining as you go – SO much less daunting to do a project in squares!! I’ve been doing them that way for a few months now, and doubt I’ll ever go back.

    • admin says:

      Hello!
      I used Rowan Pure Wool DK in the following colours:
      032 Gilt
      036 Kiss
      040 Tangerine
      026 Hyacinth (only a tiny amount in the centres, left over from my previous blanket.)
      042 Dahlia
      028 Raspberry
      027 Hydrangea
      039 Lavender
      008 Marine
      009 Ultra marine (just twice, because I felt it was too dark. I wouldn’t use it if I was making this blanket again.)
      006 Pier
      007 Cypress (this is what the edging is as well.)
      019 Avocado

      hope this helps! You can find a shadecard here: http://www.mcadirect.com/shop/rowan-pure-wool-dk-p-1231.html

  4. Brenda says:

    This afghan is gorgeous. Can you explain how you joined them with cypress? I don’t know how/what that is, but absolutely love it!

  5. Brenda says:

    This afghan is gorgeous. Can you explain how you joined them with cypress? I don\’t know how/what that is, but absolutely love it!

  6. Carol says:

    This blanket is wonderful! I am planning on making it as a gift for my brother’s wedding. Could you tell me how many balls of wool you used? I was thinking of going with 10 colours and was wondering how many of each I would need.
    Thanks :)

    • admin says:

      Hi Carol, I’m afraid I can’t really remember as it was such a long time ago and I used up yarn from another project so didn’t start with full balls. I just buy more yarn as I go along usually rather than buying it all in one go.

  7. Eileen says:

    What a beautiful blanket! i really want to start one myself, but i don’t see how you connect the big squares to each other. Can you help me with this?

  8. Sharon Francis says:

    Hi Heather,
    I adore your website. Your work is incredibly beautiful. You have a wonderful way with color and it shows in your photographers eye.
    I have become your blog follower.
    Happy Spring,
    Sharon

  9. Sharon Francis says:

    Hi Heather,
    I adore your website. Your work is incredibly beautiful. You have a wonderful way with color and it shows in your photographers eye.
    I have become your blog follower.
    Happy Spring,
    Peace be with you and your family,
    Sharon Francis

  10. Anne says:

    I thank you so much. Your work inspired me to learn to crochet. I watched many other videos but your instructions and method just resonated with me. I was wondering if you could possibly (since it has been so long ago) tell us what color GILT, PIER, MARINE ( probably blue, but light, dark, subtle?) might be. Rowan no longer makes these and I’m trying to substitute. Your work is beyond lovely . I am your loyal blog follower. Have a happy new year
    Anne

  11. Anne says:

    I thank you so much. Your work inspired me to learn to crochet. I watched many other videos but your instructions and method just resonated with me. I was wondering if you could possibly (since it has been so long ago) tell us what color GILT, PIER, MARINE ( probably blue, but light, dark, subtle?) might be. Rowan no longer makes these and I\’m trying to substitute. Your work is beyond lovely . I am your loyal blog follower. Have a happy new year
    Anne

  12. Teresa Freeman says:

    I love the look of this blanket and have been wanting to start a granny square project. I am a somewhat experienced beginner. I would appreciate knowing approximately how many balls of yarn are required as I will be purchasing the tarn rather than using from stash. I haven’t been crocheting long enough to have built a stash yet. Now quilting…that is a different matter! Thank you!

    • Heather says:

      Hi Teresa,
      I’m really sorry but I’ve no idea how many balls of yarn I used for this blanket. I made it over 5 years ago and it’s no longer in my possession. Sorry x

  13. Sarah says:

    Thank you so much for the inspiration – I doubted whether I had the stickability to complete a blanket but knew as soon as I saw this that large granny squares were right for me! 25 squares with 16 rounds each plus a join-as-you-go colour, then 12 rounds as a border made a blanket to fit our kingsize bed – I used 13 colours and bought 2 balls of each but have plenty left over. I wish I could share a picture – I am so proud of my largest project ever!

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