April 27, 2013

Ribbed Crochet Throw Blanket

I recently finished crocheting this blanket for our living room. It incorporates the various colors in the room, plus helps tie in the bold red dining room wall (upper right corner of pic).

I love stripes, so I did stripes. But man, does it leave a lot of ends to be weaved in!

I used the back loop single crochet stitch. Real super easy and creates ribbing, giving your work a little extra thickness.

The yarn I chose was Impeccable which is sold exclusively at Michael's. Colors were black, white, southwest (multi) and cherry for the border. I like Impeccable yarn because it's soft, washable and a little on the thick side. Maybe plush is the word?

I love the way this turned out. It looks PERFECT in my living room! But doing single crochet takes longer than double.....so I kinda wish I had done double. Something to think about, anyway.

I chose to begin and end with white, because having the red border run along the long edge next to white matches our dining/kitchen colors. I didn't want big, thick lines of black and red together. (It makes sense in my head.)

I have no idea how many chains I started with. I simply chained until it was as long as the long edge of another throw blanket I have. It measures about 63 inches (without the border).

The pattern I did for the stripes goes like this:
  • White - 4 rows
  • Multi - 10 rows
  • Black - 4 rows
  • Multi - 10 rows
  • White - 4 rows
  • and so on....ending with 4 rows of White
Like the black and red, I didn't want the black and white together either.

Oh! I needed 6 1/2 skeins of the multi yarn, 1 1/2 of each black and white, and 1 skein of the red.

I needed a lot more than I thought. I'm no good at estimating how much yarn I'll need for a project. Thankfully this particular yarn is readily available.

My cat is enjoying it!

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