I made two new blankets last year, one knit and one crochet. This was the pattern for the knit one, the eleventh hour blanket. Of course I couldn’t afford the yarn Purl Bee recommended so I used this Red Heart yarn from JoAnns. (and I’m glad I did bc the review on purl bee for using that yarn aren’t so great, sheds like crazy) It was definitely fun to knit. I loved using the huge needles and watching this giant fat blanket emerge. I even enjoyed the attached i-cord after spending an entire day trying to figure it out. The blanket turned out nice although the woven in ends gave me trouble right from the start, wouldn’t stay hidden.
This blanket is a family favorite but it makes me batty! Why is it so loved? Because it is the heaviest, coziest blanket imaginable. When you’re under it you can’t possibly be expected to move or get anything for yourself. It’s a cozy blanket prison. But besides functionally being awesome, it is a ratty mess. This yarn is pilling and the woven in ends never stay in. Now that it’s all ratty I don’t love the gray/putty color, although maybe that’d be the same no matter what color. Even using yarn on the inexpensive side, I still spent a TON on this blanket. If I won the yarn lottery I’d make it over is something super luxe and hope it held up better.
Last Fall I also made my first crocheted afghan. I used this pattern.
This blanket is really holding up well. It seems to get a little stretched out when it’s hung over the back of the sofa which makes me nervous so I’m constantly adjusting it so there’s no strain. And one of the hex’s has come undone. I almost came undone when I saw that until I realized how easy it will be to crochet it back in there. Love crochet! I still love the colors and I think it’s holding up very well, but to be fair it’s mostly decorative. When it’s chilly and we grab for blankets I take this one for myself so I can insure its safety.
I’m almost done with the Christmas version I making of this blanket. It’ll be ready for snuggling this winter and I’m super excited about it. I love adding blankets to our family’s collection but I really want them to be keepers. That’s why I’m so on the fence about that eleventh hour one. It’s totally going to be the ratty, terrible, handmade blanket that one of the kids will try to take with them into adulthood and their future spouses/roommates/children will be disgusted by!