Charcoal Block Blanket

I was asked by my friend E to make a blanket for her husband A a long while ago. I was a little nervous to do it because of its size. He’s well over 6 foot tall so this blanket needed to be huge. It actually rivals the one I made for Luke (who is also over 6 foot). She had given me a picture of a blanket she saw somewhere on the internet and asked to make one using the same blocking/stripping pattern but in different colors. I looked all over for a pattern but couldn’t find one and had to make my own. Which wasn’t difficult. Just needed to make my gauge and do some math. No big deal.

It was terrible. It was super simple to make since it was just row upon row of sc. It was just so boring because it was row upon row of sc. I did a lot of binge watching on Netflix during this blanket. I used my (then) favorite ergonomic Boye 5.0mm hook. I mean I had to, this thing was going to take forever and I needed my hand to be comfy.

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The main blanket was done using RHSS in Charcoal. The contrast colors were Lion Brand Heartland in Glacier Bay, Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Avocado, Red Heart Soft in Light Gray Heather, and RHSS Gold. There was 376 total rows consisting of 28 rows in each charcoal block, 13 total blocks and one row of contrast color between each with the color sequence repeating twice. Finished measurements were 62 x 80 inches or 5.2 x 6.7 feet! I told you, it was a behemoth.

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E wanted this thing as comfy cozy as possible and asked that it be lined with fleece. Awesome! I had been wanting to try this technique so I was eager but also very nervous that I’d mess it up. She had ordered this beautiful Doctor Who fleece. Now was the make or break time to attach.

I got a rotary cutter with an extra wide skip stitch blade and used it along all four edges to create equally spaced holes in which my hook would be inserted. Worked like a dream! I did have to press a little extra hard so I made sure I had proper backing so I wouldn’t cut through the surface I was working on.

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To attach I made sure the blanket and the fleece were pinned together and then I single crocheted the two together using the Charcoal. Not every stitch of the blanket was used since the holes in the fleece were not that close together. It’s fine though and everything is still together. I finished it off with 3 rounds in the Light Gray Heather.

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It is amazing!!! I wish I didn’t have to give it away. It’s so big and cozy, heavy, and super warm! Just my kind of blanket. This was the most documented project I’ve done. I ended up using a total of 13.36 skeins of yarn for a grand total of 4,654 yards used!! ::faint:: Do you know how far that is? That’s 38.78 football fields (including end-zones). That’s more fields than the NFL has teams! It’s also 2.64 miles. MILES OF YARN! That’s just a little info about what it takes to make projects like these (and why they cost what they cost).

I’m not sure if I’ll ever make another blanket of this size. And if I do, it’ll be for me. Because I’ve never made a blanket for myself. Which is saying something because I have somewhat of a blanket addiction. I can think of 4 off the top of my head that are all partially started for myself that’ll probably never get finished. Sigh. One day….

On The Hook:

  • Baby Girl Dress
  • Baby Boy Things
  • Floor Poof
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