It’s done, it’s done, it’s DONE! Wa-whoo!!
It’s so satisfying to have at last finished turning the cast-off granny squares that I found in a local thrift shop during September 2011 into a Big, Warm and Wonderful Blanket!
DH is such a good sport! I interrupted his yard work just so I could show you how Big my Thrifty Granny is. Keep in mind that he’s six-foot two.
O.K. – I realize a four-foot by six-foot blanket may not seem all that big to you – I see many queen and even king-sized blankets in Ravelry’s project pages – but it’s quite Large compared to the little ripples that I make every week.
Thrifty has a couple little boo-boos, which I think only add to its casual folky charm. Somehow I missed crocheting a blue granny cluster between two red ones in the border . . .
I didn’t notice what I’d done, or rather, not done, until I was working in the yarn ends on the finished border. Oops! ROFL at the thought of ripping back to fix such a small error! If the child who receives this blanket should ever notice, I suppose he’ll wonder about me, the person who made it, for a moment, just like I wonder about him.
Whoever crocheted all these fun granny squares also demonstrated that an imperfection does not bother a Granny. – By ‘Granny’ I mean the style of blanket, but certainly small imperfections wouldn’t bother a Granny person either! – But back to what I was saying. . . When the yellow yarn ran out, switching to the light blue of the next round was a simple solution and causes no upset.
Wow! The black lattice makes all these bright colors dance and sing!
You may remember that this was my first time to use the Zig-Zag Join. Not only did I find this to be a fast and easy way to enlarge a blanket while joining motifs, but it also takes far less yarn than crocheting another round on each square while doing the usual join-as-you-go. IMHO the Zig-Zag Join was a win-win-win.
As far as I know, I made up this blanket’s easy and dainty scalloped edging. Let me know if you’ve seen it anywhere else. Just do a sc, skip 1, sc, chain 3, then repeat. I fudged things on each corner by working in every stitch as I went around the bend, sc, chain 3, sc, chain 3.
If you give my edging a try, please let me know how you like it. I think it coordinates well with granny clusters.
This blanket will certainly be a warm and cheerful companion for a foster child this winter, and, hopefully, for many winters to come.