2017 is turning out to be the year of the handmade present!
And the latest is a handmade wedding blanket I recently gifted to a dear friend who now has a surname starting with Z that I need to study to remember how to spell... hence the blankets name!.
This blanket was a pleasure to make as I made it with a large hook, and double stranded yarn so it worked up really quick and is super squishy and warm.
Here is the 'pattern' I used (p.s. I made it up as I went along.... )
Size 8 hook
2 strands of various coloured 8 ply acrylic yarn (I used most of my 'half used' skeins for this blanket!)
Needle to sew in ends
I used a basic hexagon pattern for this blanket, and seeing as there is no need to re-invent the wheel, here is a great step-by-step tutorial for that.
I mixed up the colours I used and tried to mix colours that both complemented and contrasted so it would keep the blanket interesting!
One thing I am ususally terrible at is sewing in ends as I go, but I actually sewed in ends as I completed each piece, and then bordered each one in one row of white prior to joining.
So when I was ready to join I didn't have a massive groan at the 9384 ends I had to sew in! (I felt so disciplined sewing in the ends as I went.)
I made approximately 48 hexagons (to be honest I didn't count them!) I just laid them out on my bed til I was happy with the size.
Joining: I haven't worked out a better way to join hexagons aside from the join as you go method so I ended up joining these using a SC stitch on the wrong side of the blanket (again using double stranded white yarn, to keep the same strength and thickness in the stitches). This of course left me with many many more ends to sew in, but hey that's life!
(How do you join hexagons? I'd love to know!!)
I then bordered it with three rows of DC (double stranded white yarn) and then one round of crab stitch. I attempted to make a patterned border but with the striking colours it was a bit much, so simple crab stitch it was.
Here is a great tutorial for the crab stitch.
Once all the ends were sewn in, I washed and blocked it and 'ta-da'!
I ended up using up so much of my yarn stash I got to go shopping again after finishing this blanket so it was a win-win!
What is your go to stash busting project?
Kate Made It
Hi! I’m Kate, a stay at home Mum, crochet addict and designer, craft lover, Perinatal Anxiety and Depression survivor, PANDA Community Champion & Arbonne Independent Consultant.