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!!
A helpful reader shared this link to a Flickr video showing how to add the spider web. – Thanks for sharing your great find, Renee!
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. (There are more tips for crocheting the spider at the end of this post.)
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!!
Spider Tips. . .
Think of the chain 10 as the spider’s spine (as if a spider had a spine, lol).
Next you’re going to make the left side of his head.
Turn and work into the chain: sl st into the 2nd chain from your hook, sc into each of the next 2 chains. Keep going, working your way down the chain. . . next is left side of spider neck: 2 sl st, and left side of body: sc, dc x2, tr x2, dc x2. I think you do both dcs in the last chain.
I seem to remember working a couple of more dcs into the last chain so the spider would have a nicely rounded hind end and it would lay flat instead of forming a bowl! I’m sure you’ll figure out how to make it “work”.
Next you’re going to work your way back up the other side of the chain to make the spider’s Right Half, which you do by “working the instructions backwards”. That means you repeat all the stitches that you just did, but in reverse order. The idea is to make this side of the spider’s body match/mirror the first half.
Following the pattern as written that means the 2nd half of the body would begin with dc x2, then tr x2, dc x2, sc. Next comes his neck: sl st x2, and finally the head: sc x2, sl st.
You’ll probably need to make two or three to get a spider that you really like. You’ll be able to make one in your own way once you get the main idea of the pattern. Don’t get discouraged – the legs are easy!
I followed the leg pattern as written, but a reader came up with another way to do them. Thanks for sharing, Renee! You can see her beautiful results here. – Click on the top photo for an up-close view of Renee’s spider. Then click on the spider itself if you want to get even closer. Ewww. lol. He’s gorgeous, but still a spider.
” In the original spider pattern, it seemed as tho the legs were supposed to be created separate from the body and then attached somehow – it wasn’t clear to me, so I just took a guess and tried to make the legs directly off the body … after creating the body, I kept going around, primarily just using sl st & sc …
… at some point after the head/neck, I did 16 ch off the body, then sc into the 2nd st from the hook and sc in each st all the way back to the body [1st leg] … then I added either a sc or sl st on the body to put a little space between the legs…
… then I added another leg (16 ch off the body and sc back to the body) … [2nd leg]
… then a couple sl st on the body to put some space between the legs
… then another leg (16 ch off the body and sc back to the body) … [3rd leg]
… then either a sc or sl st on the body for some space …
… then another leg (16 ch off the body and sc back to the body) … [4th leg]
… when I got to the “butt” I think did a couple sl st until I got to the bottom of the “spine” and then I worked a sc & sl st up the “spine” back to the top of the head …
… then I worked another 4 legs down the other side of the body, with a couple sl st to get back to the bottom of the “spine” …