400 Squares Blanket – Big Reveal!

It started off small, using the scraps leftover from the Granny Alice Blanket. I like to think of them as planting the seeds for my next blanket.

And then it grew …

and grew … quite quickly to begin with as it was SO EXCITING and BRIGHT and COLOURFUL and really fun.

I frequently had “OMG so much colour!!!” moments about this blanket.

Originally it was only meant to be a 100 square throw. But I reached 100 and thought … “hmmm. That’s quite small.” I thought how amazing it would be to have a blanket like this that covered a double bed. Quite a few people thought I was a bit bonkers.

Reaching 200 squares didn’t take too long, and you were all REALLY complimentary about it, that was great fun :-D

I’m so excited about showing you the finished blanket. Just a few more photos and then I’ll show you, promise.

Did I mention it was colourful? I LOVE LOVE LOVE this photo!

By this point the blanket was so big that I could only work on it whilst sitting on my bed! I began to make lists of each colour for each square, which speeded up the process a lot.

It was also getting very tricky to photograph it!

Once I reached 400 squares, my sister tried to steal it. Several times.

400 squares! It was incredible seeing it spread out like that, just WOW.

Then of course, the question of how to actually finish the blanket. I was desperate to get it finished before we moved house but was unsure of how to edge it. You see, the things I like most about this blanket is that there are so many small bursts of colour, and that it is very dense, ie not a lot of granny square spaces. I thought that having a normal granny square edging in each colour would be “too much” and would detract from the blanket itself. I wanted it to be all about the amount of squares, you know?

So in the end I chose to do two rounds in the Debbie Bliss “Kingfisher” colour. The first round was Granny Square edging, because with that many joins it would have looked rubbish to just do TRs into each stitch straight away. I used the Granny Square Crinkle-Free Edging method by CompactUK and I’m REALLY happy with the result. The second round was a TR into each stitch. Like so:

You can see the Crinkle-Free edging better here:

And now, I am SO PROUD and excited to present to you my finished blanket.

(Squeeee!)

(You can click this one to make it bigger)

I adore my blanket. I’m so incredibly happy with it and I LOVE the way the border is understated yet ties it all together *just right* in my opinion.

I have learned a lot about colour choices with this blanket and it’s given me a lot of confidence, colour wise. I trust myself to choose colours now, which I didn’t before. The only changes I’d make to this blanket would be the use of orange on the third round of any square. It doesn’t go well with the surrounding squares and is better as a first or second round.

This blanket is also really special to me as I made it during the time that I lived at home. My Time Out from normal life. I started it on the 25th November 2009 and finished it on 13th March 2010. Oh I just love it!

72 thoughts on “400 Squares Blanket – Big Reveal!

  1. This is absolutely stunning!! You should be extremely proud of your work. I just started to crochet and I hope to one day make something as beautiful as this. Thank you for sharing.

  2. This is absolutely stunning! You should be very proud of your work. I just started to crochet and I hope to one day make something as beautiful as this!

  3. Dear Heather,
    My English is bad, sorry for that. But I want to give you compliments for your blanket. It is beautyful. I knitted my whole life. You can see it on my website.
    I just started with crochet 5 months ago. At first animaltoys for children and then I did see granny squares. I love them. I work on a blanket also at the moment. But yours is very beautyful. I hope you understand what I mean.
    Greetings from Holland

  4. Absolutely lived this blanket – in fact, it has inspired me to start a similar one for my daughter. I had one question – which color did you use to join the squares? Thanks for your help!

  5. Robyn McIntyre says:

    Dear Heather, have just discovered your website, and love your crochet quilts.
    Thank you so much for sharing. (I’m from Australia).

  6. Pat says:

    Heather, I think the orange in the blanket makes it more homey. Too close a mix of colours can make for a boring blanket. Not that any of yours are boring and I don’t think Lucy would let you be boring in that department. All the best to you and your family.

  7. Pat says:

    Heather, I think the orange in the blanket makes it more homey. Too close a mix of colours can make for a boring blanket. Not that any of yours are boring and I don\’t think Lucy would let you be boring in that department. All the best to you and your family.

  8. Pat says:

    Heather, I think the orange in the blanket makes it more homey. Too close a mix of colours can make for a boring blanket. Not that any of yours are boring and I don\\\’t think Lucy would let you be boring in that department. All the best to you and your family.

  9. Kim says:

    Hi Heather!
    Absolutely ADORE your blanket! I bet you started seeing squares all over the place when you finished not to mention colours hehehe! Just a querery (sorry can’t spell properly) how many stitches did you do for circule when you first started as when I counted I keep getting different numbers. Many thanks xx

  10. Hi Heather, I love your 400 square blanket. You have inspired me to create a large mood crochet blanket for my bed. I have only just learnt the very basics of crochet. I’m totally addicted and sit and twiddle where ever and when ever I can. Your blog is a joy and inspiration. Love it xxx. Best wishes to you and your tiny birds.
    Sue

  11. Amy says:

    I’m in love with your 200 square blanket!!! What amazing work – caught the crocheting bug after having my boys this is defo one for me

  12. William Hunter says:

    Hello there:

    What an inspiration.
    Your color choices are amazing and you have developed a 6th sense specially for this one purpose.

    What type of yarn did you use for this blanket?
    Is it Debbie Bliss Cashemirino? I like to buy what you bought but I like for you to be able to collect your commissions so, could you please stear me in the right direction?

    I have already bought a few sets of Stylecraft to make some of Lucy’s blankets but some times I like the idea of using 100% wool specially when the recipient is a grown up male.

    Toddlers are soo playful that it is much more practical to use 109% acrylic for them but when I bake a lap blanket fir an elder guy to use on his legs when reading a book at watching a game, etc. the warmth and the softness of good quality wool is ideal.

    Thanks
    Dutchinkc@gnail.com
    (816)400-5466

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