A Finished Scrappy Blanket | Chevron Granny Square Stripe
I recently finished crocheting an afghan that I’m afraid I’ll have to keep.
I love the finished project but I’m afraid the colors came out too unique for anyone but me.
The design is my own and I’ll do my best to explain it.
I started with granny squares that I laid corner to corner. From there I worked in rows back and forth. I have seen granny stripe chevron blankets done before (like in this video from Very Pink Knits or this pattern on Ravelry) but I disliked the big holes in the down points. I countered this by connecting the corners of the granny squares with a back post treble crochet and using a back post treble crochet on the front of every row and a front post treble on the back.
I intended to have granny squares on either end of the blanket but as I got going I realized that would call for some funky math in on the edges. Instead, when the row portion equalled 2/3 of the width measurement, I tied off and started rows on the other side of the granny squares. I finished when the blanket was square.
I added a simple border. My background in quilting influences me to prefer a “binding” to frame the finished blanket. For this I single crocheted in one space and 2 double crochet, chain 3, sc, in the next space.
This ended up much larger than I expected at 45 x 49.” I like baby blankets to be lightweight and less than 40″ so they can be dragged around and loved. This is a strange size that feels like a home decor commitment. And the colors are FUNKY so I am self-conscious to share it with someone else.
I have downsized to a “H” hook instead of the “I” that I always use because I like the denser product. I am also trying to downsize my yarn collection so this tighter gauge uses more. This used up about 1,830 yards of my thrifted scrap stash.
What do you think? Does this blanket fall into the so-ugly-it’s-awesome-again trend or is it just plain LOUD? (My poor photography skills are doing no favors.)