Omigoodness this was such a fun project to make. I was working on Carver’s plaid trapper hat and wondered if the plaid pattern could work in a granny square style. Indeed it did. And then I was just left with a big flannel square because I ran out of the wine yarn.
I just kept grabbing yarn and adding textures. So this blanket has no yarn or pattern to share, but I will explain each round. I highly recommend giving it (or something similar) a try! It was really addicting and used up so much scrappy yarn. I also enjoyed the spontaneity and challenge.
The plaid center was worked with wine, red, and black yarn. I got the idea for the plaid from the same pattern as Carver’s plaid trapper hat but worked it from the center out, granny square style, instead.
I worked two rounds of double crochet and then did a round of alternating gray with a white popcorn stitch. I crocheted over the white yarn with the gray to carry it along. Then I did another two rounds of gray.
For the cozy fire I did a granny spike stitch. I did two rounds each of mustard yellow, orange, and red. Then I did a round of a traditional granny in antique teal and two rounds in brown. I never quite figured out how to increase the corners very well so I did some tucks in the brown round to make the afghan even again. It made the center a little wonky but I don’t mind.
The “long johns” layer is just a waffle stitch. I did a couple rows of evergreen, adding it with a back-post double crochet to add interest.
I finished it off with a few rounds of gray and a snowball border in white. The gray pattern is made by working two double crochets in between stitches. (Like my chevron hats) The snowball border is a puff stitch with a chain three, single crochet, chain three in between.
This took up a little more than a pound of yarn (1,337 yards) for my charity marathon. I’m not sure where I’m donating it yet but it better be an AWESOME place because I’m going to have a hard time parting with it!