I crocheted another blanket. You have probably seen it in various stages of completion in my TWiP posts from July through September, but it deserves its own show-and-tell, I think.
I pawed through my stash looking for any blanket yarn that reminded me of sand, rocks, or water, and then ordered a few more hanks of it for good measure.
My parents vacation in Maine every year, in a little cabin by the beach, and when I decided to make my Dad a blanket, I thought it would be nice if it included the colors of a place I know he likes.
The arrangement of colors fades from sandy browns into rocky grays and finishes on watery blues. Kind of like the coastline itself.
If I had it to do again, I’d tone down the blue a little bit. Sticking with my stash is one thing I regret about this. I feel like the one purpley blue should have been more greenish. And maybe there should have been a lighter blue in there, too.
It’s ok, though. Dad seems to like it, and that’s the point 🙂
Crocheting a lap sized blanket, for me at least, is such a labor of love. It takes a lot of yarn and a lot of time. You think about the recipient with every stitch, and so it helps if you have warm feelings for that person. My Dad is awesome, so this was not a problem for me at all.
I gave it to him for his birthday last month, as a watching-tv-on-a-chilly-night kind of blanket, which is something that everyone in my household owns, and they have been well used, let me tell you!
I won’t be turning this one into a pattern like I’ve done with all of my other blankets. Besides the fact that I can’t seem to make myself sit down and do that kind of work in the evenings (now that I spend my entire day writing up instructions for other people), so much of how I arranged the colors was gut instinct, that I think it would be impossible to properly lay out a color arrangement.
So let me just tell you this, if you want to do something similar: The design is a granny circle-in-a-square, joined as you go. Look either of those things up on Google, and you should get some good instructions. For color inspiration, you can see some in-progress images on Instagram: #pdccoastalmaine