Hello everyone! Are you ready for week 17? It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long, but it’s been long enough for my blanket to reach it’s intended size (actually it’s bigger than I’d intended). It covers the top of a double bed and is completely square after finishing this week’s rows. Definitely a large throw. This means that I am finished with my blanket, excepting the border, which will have a post all it’s own very shortly for those who want instructions. If your blanket is not the size you wish it to be at this point, by all means carry on. At the end of this post there will be some suggestions for you that you can choose to follow if you like.
Well, let’s get started, remembering that we’re using US terms. Last week we finished row 124:
With new color, hdc across.
With new color, dc across.
With new colors, work the granny stripe pattern (original instructions here).
With new color, dc across.
With new color, hdc across. Fasten off (if you are done with your blanket) and weave in your ends!
notes for those who wish to continue with their blankets
1. This last installment has 7 rows instead of 8, so be conscious of your right and wrong sides as you continue.
2. The way I chose the order of the stitch patterns was pretty random except for the bobble rows. I tried to evenly space the bobble rows from each other, hoping that evenly spaced big bands of color would tie the whole thing together nicely.
3. If you would like to follow a specific pattern, I’d recommend going back, working row 8, and continuing from there. That would be the first Catharine wheel row. That should keep the bobble rows evenly spaced and will also keep your right and wrong sides correct.
about the next CAL post
There will be one last post about the border in a few days. You can choose not to do a border at all, you can follow the instructions that I will have available for you, or you can choose to do your border completely differently than mine. In whatever case, there will be some recommendations for border construction and pictures of my own border in the upcoming post, as well as my thanks, some extra CAL tidbits, and a question I will have for all of you.
Let’s take a look back at our inspiration. The lovely blanket was made by Julie at Little Woolie, and I must say that I’m a bit embarrassed that my blanket came out so close to hers; despite some efforts I made at the beginning to make them different, they do look so alike, particularly at first glance. I’m much relieved to say that she is OK with it all, because I did have some pangs of guilt there at the end. However I’m very happy with my blanket and I really do mean this as a credit to Julie’s lovely work — she is an inspiration in many ways! Please, however, if you pin that last picture to Pinterest be aware that it is not my blanket or picture and that credit should therefore not be given to me. If you wish to pin her picture, please go here and do it from her page so that she can get the credit that she deserves. I’ll appreciate it, and she will too!