Thursday, 2 August 2012

Diagonal crochet blanket finished

I might rename this blanket the Procrastination Blanket, or maybe the Plagued by Indecision Blanket. After zooming through all those diagonal stripes in a few short weeks, it sat on the side in the lounge for what seems like an eternity, waiting for me to get my act together and attempt the border. I always look forward to doing the border but then become extremely unsure of which border to choose, which colours to pick, how many rows etc etc.

I used several colours to create a few stripes - I referred to pattern no. 106 from this book. Once complete, the blanket was left to languish on the side for a few more weeks whilst I did other things - not much crochet going on in this house recently. I finally snapped this afternoon and had to pick it up and complete it - partly through boredom but mainly because we are heading off on holiday on Saturday and I wanted to take some crochet with me. I couldn't go without getting this blanket finished - I want to take the hexagon blanket with me to try to get that closer to completion. Too many UFOs and far too many ideas for new projects floating around in my head.

After the stripes, I felt it needed a bit more and decided to just crochet a row of treble clusters and see what it looked like, with the possibility of doing a picot edge to finish. Not having much of this colour left (certainly not enough to do the picot edge) I concluded that that's the end of this blanket. Just like that. No dithering, no procrastinating, just decisive.  It looks good, I have no desire to spend any more time faffing over the edge of this thing. I want to take it on holiday and it's going to be one of those blankets which is meant to be used, loved and effectively destroyed in the process!

And even though the end of this border was thrown together at the last minute with no real thought involved, I actually really like it. I love the rounded shape of the corners, a nice contrast to the sharp angles in the diagonal stripes. I also really love the texture of the blanket - because it is closely crocheted with no real gaps, it is extra warm and snuggly. Perfect for taking on a rainy week in Wales. I'm really hoping that we get at least a little bit of sunshine in amongst the showers. Please.

Oh yes, you know I said it was finished, well it nearly is, just a few ends to sew in. Story of my life...


  1. Wow, looks fab, don't destroy it before the exhibition in September.


  2. my compliments!!! ;oD
    xxxx Alessandra

  3. Wahoo, well done it looks really brill.

  4. I love it the colours are lovely, it does look warm and comforting. I think I'll do something similar border-wise when I finish my blanket..........when I finish, no hope in sight yet.

  5. Lovely blanket!
    The colours are fab and I really like your diagonal stripes paired with that gorgeous border!
    Well done, you!
    Have a super week!

  6. I have similar versions of this blanket without the finished edge. This turned out beautiful thanks for sharing.

  7. how do you do this blanket...would love to see a tutorial, or get the pattern, its gorgeous!

    1. Lori,

      I got the pattern from this website:

      It's a bit tricky to get your head round it at the start but once you've done the first three rows, it's so easy to remember the pattern and works up really quickly. Let me know if you have any questions if you do decide to make one, I would be happy to assist. Happy crocheting! xx