At the end of Friday’s Spidey Blanket update I was about to run out of Royal blue yarn and head to Joanns for more.
Once I crocheted that laaast blue double-crochet round, I could add the spider web’s black chain and slip-stitch spokes. This was a real slow awkward step for me, working with my right hand on top of the blanket and constantly switching between having my left hand on top and under the blanket, but it was so worth it!! The spokes are what turned my red and blue striped round ripple into a Spider’s Web! Yes!!
Starting each spoke on one of the blanket’s twelve points, I stopped as soon as I reached the blanket’s red center spot, leaving that area open for a crocheted SPIDER! Ewww.
I followed agamerswife’s quick and easy spider pattern. My spider’s legs somehow came out awfully large in proportion to its body, so I did a round of single-crochet to enlarge it. By the time DH went to bed last Wednesday night I’d pinned the body and legs onto the blanket and was ready to start sewing them on with fingering-weight black yarn. I stayed awake, slowly and carefully sewing on Spidey. I’m so happy that I took my time – I think he’s the crowning glory of an already great-looking blanket!
With only an edging round left to crochet and the yarn ends to weave in, I was too excited to go to sleep, so I stayed up and finished. Haven’t we all done that with some project we just couldn’t wait to complete?!
The pattern called for reverse crochet, but I did just plain ole regular single crochet and it worked fine, making the blanket’s edge sturdier and less likely to stretch out of shape. My superhero blanket is 65″ point-to-point and weighs 2 1/2 pounds. That’s a whole lotta yarn!
Thursday morning I softened up the Red Heart Super Saver by throwing Spidey in the dryer for twenty minutes. Afterward, the blanket feels so much nicer, more like. . . oh, Vanna’s Choice than my good old friend, RHSS!
This was such a fun Christmas project! I wish I could see Dylan’s face when he first sees his blanket, sigh, but I can be satisfied by imagining his shriek of joy and the way he’ll jump up and down, grinning, with it wrapped around himself!!
Merry Christmas, Dylan!!