Finally – The Thrifty Granny’s Ta-Dah!

It’s done, it’s done, it’s DONE! Wa-whoo!!

382 A-flat

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!

382 B cuddle

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.

382 C wings

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 pagesbut it’s quite Large compared to the little ripples that I make every week.

382 D rip thfty

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 . . .

382 G oops!

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.

382 H yellow to blue center

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.

382 I border close-up

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.

382 E-colors2

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12 Responses to Finally – The Thrifty Granny’s Ta-Dah!

  1. Verneta says:

    Great job, Linda. The lighter blue, yellow and pink you put in the outside border really highlights all the blocks. Another warming for a foster child!

  2. jacekica says:

    I love grannies, I love the colours and black joining, and I had to learn zig zag joining, sounds very nice as you describe it. It is big blanket, I know there are monster blankets, but I don’t know how people wash them?????????
    As usual I am so happy when reading your post, you and your DH are so nice and warm couple and do so much for less fortunate, I am sure God has big smile in His face when looks at you both. Have a nice holidays!

    • I wouldn’t want to use the Zig-Zag Join on every granny, but it does have its good points. I hope you’ll at least give it a try.

      Hmmm, washing Monster Blankets by hand would be hard. I can only imagine how heavy and unruly a Monster would be when wet! Maybe they take them to a laundry mat that has the over-sized washing machines?

      You are a dear woman. I am glad reading my post made you feel so good. 😀
      Thank you for leaving such a lovely comment for us. I sent it in an email to DH at work because I know I will choke up and have a hard time finishing if I try to read it out loud to him when he gets home tonight.
      A Happy and Blessed New Year to You and Yours!

      Since I can’t get an email to go through to you, I can only hope you come back and read my reply. Please let me know.

  3. Allyson Gilcrease says:

    Awesome job my friend!!! It’s getting to the end of the year, can’t wait to see your totals.

  4. maura says:

    beautiful. happy new year and happy blankie!

  5. Excellent job, Linda! Looks wonderful! And the big size is great! I think that little red “boo boo” looks like a heart.

  6. absolutely gorgeous granny blankie. whoever gets it will be over the moon 🙂

  7. It’s wonderful! I’m so glad you rescued those squares and put them to good use.

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