Hello my Crafty friends!
Finally, summer is here! This past weekend was amazing. We had a perfect weather, sunny with a cool breeze. I was especially super happy because I finally got to see my parents and kids after three months of lock down to celebrate my birthday. It was a true gift to be with my immediate family by having them over.
When I think of family warmth, cosy and comfortable feelings, only one things comes to my mind and that is a – Blanket.
Today’s post is all about crocheting blankets. Why we love doing them and how happy they make us feel when we gift them to others.
So let’s dive in to what you need to know if you decide to make one or even better design one.
A crochet blanket is easy to make and great for your first project. It is a good way to practice your stitches. You really need to know only 4 stitches to master any design – single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet and treble crochet. Most other stitches are made up of a combination of above stitches, so once you have mastered them, there’s almost nothing you won’t be able to do.
I generally design a crochet blanket just by picking a pattern and then adding colors and edges with other elements.
Now to the size; the chart below will help you pick the right size once you decide what purpose your crochet blanket is going to serve.
It’s very important to think of a person you are making a blanket for. Do they have a wool allergy, how ofter the blanket will need to be washed, or is it a luxury blanket that only needs to be dry cleaned once in a while?
That brings us to picking the right yarn material. The right yarn material can help you enjoy both, the experience of making and using the crochet blanket for years after. When buying yarn it’s important to pay attention to the dye lot. It is little number that shows the batch the yarn was dyed in. You won’t be able to see the difference in color when the yarn is in a ball form but once you crochet it up, there will be a noticeable difference in shade if you’ve used a different dye lot. So make sure the dye lot number is the same for all yarn needed for your project.
There are four fiber materials that can be considered for a crochet blanket: acrylic, cotton, polyester and wool. So let’s explore them!
Cotton is my number one choice for the blanket. It is soft, lightweight, easy to wash and fairly affordable. It feels even softer after a few washes.
I am working on one right now and its going great!
Acrylic yarn is a my number two choice for the blanket. It is super affordable, easy to wash and very durable. One thing to keep in mind that each skein of acrylic yarn usually carries a low yardage, so you will need to buy few more skeins.
Next comes Polyester yarns that are incredibly soft. Polyester yarn can withstand high temperatures, which means it can be machine washed and dried and will still retain its strength and color.
Finally, Wool is one of the softer yarns available, but it comes with a slightly higher price tag. Most wool yarns are not suitable for machine wash and need to be dry cleaned.
In the photo below you cab see my take on a merino wool blanket, which is gorgeous, dense and of modern design -perfect for a colder season.
I love its texture and the color really makes the design stand out.
The rest of it comes down to personal preference and ease of care.Once you pick the pattern, you can shop for one of the above yarns and after spending some time crocheting, you will have a wonderful, long-lasting blanket to enjoy or a gift to someone you love . Share your favorite pattern in the comments below or show off your finished blankets.
I would love to see them!