Finally Finished: “Just for Me” blanket

I first started hooking this blanket in March, when my mum and Alice were visiting. It was after we returned from our trip to Ilkley and we were all sleepy and full of food but managed to get all of my yarn out on the bed and lazily start some new projects. That was a lovely day.

I’d been wanting to make another blanket from Rowan Pure Wool dk for a while but the right design hadn’t presented itself to me. In the end I combined a few different granny square ideas to make my own. The first three rounds are Lucy’s Summer Garden Granny Squares, the fourth round is that of a standard granny square, but with no chain spaces at the sides (only at the corners) and then the final round is a solid granny square such as the Elmer Square. Perhaps I should dub them Hybrid Squares?

Colour choices were another cause of deliberation. I wanted the blanket to have “just the right” kind of feel to it. I wanted it to be as lovely as my other Rowan blankets, but I didn’t want it to be just another version of them. I thought about it for a while and decided to leave out the yellow and orange, and to make green/pink/blue and a little red the focus. I was sparing with the “Damson” as it is tonally darker than the other colours and I made sure to put a lot of thought into each colour combination so that the squares all looked good. Another conscious decision that I made was to allow myself duplicates. I’ve enjoyed the challenge in the past of endeavouring to make all my squares unique but I just thought … if I really like a square, why limit myself to one?

When arranging my squares prior to joining them I started with the square that stood out to me the most as the centre point, and then worked outwards from that. I spent a lot of time rearranging the squares and they spent a few days out on the floor and now and again I’d swap them round – I find that the more you look at something the more you see patterns that you didn’t before (squinting at something and viewing it as a photograph also help) and you can suddenly notice the abundance of blue in one area whereas the rest of the blanket is suspiciously short on blue.

When it was time to add a border, I fussed for ages and couldn’t make up my mind. That’s often the way with me and borders: I can whip up a blanket in no time and then it takes me the same time again to get round to putting a border on! (If you mention my ripple I will have to poke you at this point!) I settled in the end for a few rounds of the cream yarn in TR stitches, and then three rounds of pink in HTR stitches. I used Tea Rose, then Hyacinth and then Dahlia for the border. I was going to do a round of green after that but it suddenly looked enough so I stopped. This may or may not have been because working in half treble stitches is THE most tedious thing ever and I’m not going to put myself through that again!

When I make granny squares that I intend to join by crocheting them together, I always chain 3 on the corners on my final round. I just find that it works best for me that way. When chaining 2 I kept ending up with holes at the corners and uneven joining. Three chains works for me. I used  Lucy’s tutorial the first time I ever did this kind of joining but now I can almost do it with my eyes closed. Joining granny squares is one of my favourite things to do. I find it very relaxing and love love love the feeling that I am creating a large piece of work in a short space of time. It feels more satisfying to me to make all the squares first and then join them in one go than adding to a piece that gets a little bigger with each square. I can’t tell you how excited I am to join all of my current granny squares up, I have made 83 (I need 100): I am going to take a whole day and just sit on my bed and join them together. I can’t wait.

One benefit of using Rowan Pure Wool dk is that I feel comfortable blocking it. I think you will agree that this blanket needed it! The squares were puffy and like little mountains. Eventually when I found time/inclination, I leapt upon it with a pot of pins and a spray bottle (not my original spray bottle, Andy, because you borrowed that didn’t you? When you were learning how to solder pipes? To spray on the hot pipes to make steam come out the end? That’s why it’s behind the tumble drier now, isn’t it Andy?) and blocked it all out. It was so hot that it didn’t even take all day to dry!

And here is the finished article:

I am hopelessly head over heels for this little blanket. It’s just how I wanted it to be and it’s so satisfyingly small. I would love to make one into a big kingsize bed blanket but I don’t have the yarn, money or time. I wanted to make something in this design, and so I did. It’s a lap blanket, just for me, just because I wanted it. It didn’t take me long to make (it’s just taken me a long time to blog about it) and it really hit the spot in terms of inspiration and creation. I must show you the shadow it makes too, with all the little holes:

Hehe!

When I make an item, it always has thoughts and feelings and memories hooked into it as well. Most of my blankets have taken me many months to complete and have a sort of “slow build” of memories. This one, being only 25 squares and taking not very long to make, feels very intensely full of memories. I started with with my mum and Alice, I worked hard on it over Easter when Andy and his dad were tiling the bathroom. I started joining the squares when Andy was on that hellish journey home (where all the trains were cancelled and it took him about 3 and a half hours on a bus) and it was pouring, pouring, pouring with rain. I started the border while we were trying to install the new sink (I left it on the bed and sneaked a a few minutes of stitching here and there). I completed the border when my mum and Grandma were visiting and I blocked and photographed it at the end of May on the hottest day we had.

Did I mention just how much I love this blanket?

Yarn Details:

Rowan Pure Wool dk in the following colours:

Cypress

Pier

Marine

Lavender

Tea Rose

Hyacinth

Dahlia

Raspberry

Avocado

Damson

Kiss

Enamel

Worked on a 4mm hook.

55 thoughts on “Finally Finished: “Just for Me” blanket

  1. That is beautiful. It makes me want to pick up my much neglected granny square blanket that has been very slow progress! Well done you x

  2. Absolutely wonderful – beautiful combination of colours and the squares are just perfect. Well done – what a great achievement and all those memories hooked in with the stitches. I think the colours suit your name, too. It’s a Heather blanket!

  3. Sue says:

    Wow Heather that blanket is really beautiful. I have only been crocheting for three months so maybe one day I will be able to make something as amazing as your blanket.

    Your blog constantly inspires me.

  4. Nanita says:

    Gasp! It’s gorgeous!! I’ve never worked with Rowan Pure Wool dk, but the colourways are beautiful, and you’ve made a perfect design, excellent job, Heather! :-) xxxx

  5. Linda J says:

    Oh, my goodness, that is so gorgeous, Heather! Absolutely beautiful. I’m making squares using the same pattern of Lucy’s, but I haven’t decided how big I want the blanket to be yet. I’ll probably just keep going until I get bored – or until it would make the blanket too enormous if I made any more! I love your colour scheme. :-)

  6. I love it! I have a blanket I started last year for the Royal Wedding … then thought as I hadn’t finished it, could be for the Jubilee … now perhaps the Olympics! It is a large square and I get bored as it isn’t something I can just pick up and do a row as each side is getting quite big now. Think my next project will have to be little squares like yours, I might get somewhere then. Have a lovely day, the sun is shining here, hope it is for you too!, Claire xx

  7. Heather, this is the most beautiful blanket ever, ever, ever….the colours just shout summer to me….the colour choices are so good, don’t know how you manage it..wish I had your sense of colour. Now wish I had the money to splurge out on Rowan because it is certainly a cut above Stylecraft…sigh…..sent for more of that to do another ripple during watching Olympics….bad thing is that it has to be red, dark grey and black…..to match a colour scheme.
    Well done girl….that blanket will last forever.

  8. Joining grannies is your favourite thing is it? Can I send you mine in that case? I hate it! However, I sew them – I’ve never got around to trying Lucy’s tutorial, maybe I’ll attempt it with my current blanket is it’s just for me so there’s no hurry (they’re normally gifts!)

    Heather, this is such a beautiful blanket, I really love the square pattern and the colour combos and everything. I loved the para where you explain your thought process re. colour choice. I just don’t seem to have that in me but maybe it will come with time. Again, really love this blanket! xx

  9. Nicky says:

    Beautiful blanket and lovey colours. I’m new to crochet – can I ask what blocking is? I assume something to do with getting the squares to stay flat???? What do you do with the pins and water? Thank you …

  10. Very, very nice Heather. I love the choice of colours you used. Being pure wool it’s going to keep you nice and warm once winter hits the North.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Ruby x

  11. Ann says:

    It’s beautiful. I love the colors and how cheerful they all are together. It will warm you on some of those cold windy days and make you smile on the warm sunny ones.

  12. So pretty! And what neat corners you have :) I’m making up the squares for my first blanket which is therapeutic as you can just go into autopilot and I’m holding out to sew it all together at the end like you do. Have to say I’m partly excited part apprehensive about my first go at joining though!

  13. Sarah says:

    You have made a wonderful job of your blanket. I”m making a blanket just for me just one giant granny square. Might be finished by the time the Autumn comes. Just managed to make it home in time this evening before the RAIN came down!! All the buses in the city centre
    are about to be rerouted for the building of a tram route. Major traffic jams. Think I’ll be getting in a lot of reading on the slow journey home.

  14. Gosh Heather it is LUCIOUS! Oh yes it is just amazeballs. Completely gorgeous. You’re a cleaver little bird.

    You’re making me want a lap blanket Just For Me. But I’m finding time a bit hard to come by of late. Too much garden to deal with. It’s eating up my time. Hate Summer. Hate that it rains the whole time. It’s the most disappointing season of the year. Roll on Autumn!!

    xxx

  15. I have too many projects on the go to start another blanket but your making it very difficult for me!!!!

    The blanket is so lovely! The colours are amazing – the same (or similar to) as my wedding flowers. It is making me want to order right away!

    xx

  16. Jillian says:

    Now that is just gorgeous. Aren’t your joins neat? Very very impressed (note to self – must try harder when joining)

    x

  17. No wonder you love it … gorgeous – looks about the right size for a lovely baby! When I finish my ripple I would like to try a blanket in granny squares

  18. I just love to see a finished project hanging on the line in the sunshine waiting for the final photo – a great feeling – a beautiful blanket!

  19. Karen says:

    Hi Heather, I love the colours that you’ve used for your blanket – Rowan Pure Wool DK looks gorgeous! I was stroking it lovingly in the haberdashery department only a couple of weeks ago and thinking I’ll need to save my pennies! Can I just ask you a quick question – I have some of your ‘circles in squares’ pattern to join with the three chains in each corner and was planning to use Lucy’s method too. Having never joined squares before, do you just end up with one stitch in each corner that hasn’t been crocheted/ slip-stitched into? Is this right? I’m finding it really hard to imagine what happens when you get to the corners – will this not leave a hole at each joint in the blanket? Hopefully you can explain a little for me if you get the time…? At the moment, the worry about how it works and getting it wrong is seriously putting me off starting to piece the squares together… x

  20. Karen says:

    Hi Heather, I love the colours that you\’ve used for your blanket – Rowan Pure Wool DK looks gorgeous! I was stroking it lovingly in the haberdashery department only a couple of weeks ago and thinking I\’ll need to save my pennies! Can I just ask you a quick question – I have some of your \’circles in squares\’ pattern to join with the three chains in each corner and was planning to use Lucy\’s method too. Having never joined squares before, do you just end up with one stitch in each corner that hasn\’t been crocheted/ slip-stitched into? Is this right? I\’m finding it really hard to imagine what happens when you get to the corners – will this not leave a hole at each joint in the blanket? Hopefully you can explain a little for me if you get the time…? At the moment, the worry about how it works and getting it wrong is seriously putting me off starting to piece the squares together… x

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