the epic granny stripe blanket


It’s finished!

Granny Stripe Complete

I’m not sure if I remembered to warn you last week about granny stripe overload photos, so be prepared 😉

Granny Stripe Complete 4

I feel like I don’t know what to do with myself now that’s it done, but luckily I am crocheting my mood blanket in the same yarn so I get to continue indulging in the bright and happy colours.

Granny Stripe Complete 3

After all of this crochet of late, I’ve also been itching to do some knitting again, and I have more than a few of those WIP’s laying around.

Granny Stripe Complete 2

Now for some particulars if you’re interested:

Pattern: Granny Stripe from Attic24

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in 17 colours (the special ‘Lucy’ pack from Deramores) with a 4mm hook

Size: 1.2m x 1.5m wide

Weight: 1.2kg

Stripes: Random colour order, 72 colour changes (144 rows)

Time: Each colour stripe took approx 30 mins = 36 hours not including the border and darning of ends! I started it back in July 2013, so it’s still taken me over 6 months to finish :-)

Considering it’s such a large blanket, it’s probably one of the cheapest I’ve made thanks to the Stylecraft Special DK. It’s only $2.80 per 100g ball if you buy the colour pack, which is great value for money. It’s also quite soft and easy to work with even though it’s acrylic.

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Because acrylic can take a beating and it’s easy to wash, I’ve decided it’s new home might be on our old (but ridiculously comfy) 3 seater sofa. I’m planning a little reading nook at the new house with this couch – just over 3 weeks now until we move.

Granny Stripe Complete 5

Didn’t take long for the cat to try it out of course!

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Have you finished any long lost works-in-progress lately? I recommend it – it’s a great feeling, and it means you can start a new project guilt-free!

17 Comments on the epic granny stripe blanket

  1. Jenny @ohjoh
    March 5, 2014 at 1:11 pm (4 years ago)

    Congratulations!!! That is a lot of hooking!
    It looks fabulous and your cat looks happy with it.

    • Bec
      March 6, 2014 at 1:18 pm (4 years ago)

      It’s probably my biggest crochet project so far, but very enjoyable even near the end :-)

  2. Jane
    March 5, 2014 at 1:15 pm (4 years ago)

    That blanket is gorgeous! I love the bright colours, it’s very cheerful. I bet you feel happy and cheerful looking at it, especially since it was such an epic project to complete. It makes me want to learn to crochet. I think I might tackle an easier project to start with though…

    • Bec
      March 6, 2014 at 1:17 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Jane! It does make me smile when I see it, at least if it’s on the couch I can look at it all day

  3. Jenny Jones
    March 5, 2014 at 2:26 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow! It is stunning. What an accomplishment to have it finished and how lovely it looks on that couch with that a handsome pussycat:) I have actually finished my own granny project that I started last last year. All I have to do is photograph it.

    • Bec
      March 6, 2014 at 1:14 pm (4 years ago)

      The cat has well and truly claimed it now Jenny, just hope she keeps her claws out of it!

  4. Shelley Davis
    March 5, 2014 at 4:12 pm (4 years ago)

    Bec if I had crocheted that blanket I would wear it as a dress so that everyone could see it! It’s gorgeous! I’m only learning to crochet and I’ll be pleased when I can crochet a few dishcloths lol.

    • Bec
      March 6, 2014 at 1:13 pm (4 years ago)

      That’s funny Shelley! Thank you for the laugh :-) It actually is a really easy pattern, probably easier than dishcloths – just a little more awkward as it grows!

  5. Heike Herrling
    March 5, 2014 at 4:22 pm (4 years ago)

    What a beautiful blanket! I love it so much I may need to make one for myself!!!!
    The colours are soooo happy. I’m a little sad that we won’t get our frequent fix of granny stripe pics :)

    • Bec
      March 6, 2014 at 1:12 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Heike! I’m sure I can arrange for it to appear in photos now and again! It’s very photogenic 😉

  6. Vanessa
    March 5, 2014 at 4:23 pm (4 years ago)

    So gorgeous – makes me want to start crocheting again. Think I need to re-learn how to tho, to long between blankets!

    • Bec
      March 6, 2014 at 1:11 pm (4 years ago)

      Perfect timing now the weather is starting to cool again :-)

  7. Leanne
    March 5, 2014 at 9:23 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow bec! Its turned out lovely. I know the feeling of being lost after you complete a big WIP. I found my lamp shade again. Till i get the wool for the next blanket. :)

    • Bec
      March 6, 2014 at 1:11 pm (4 years ago)

      It’s always good to have projects for in between times isn’t it!

  8. Patch
    March 6, 2014 at 12:13 am (4 years ago)

    Gorgeous. I’m not finishing…. I’m starting a new epic blanket 😉

    • Bec
      March 6, 2014 at 1:10 pm (4 years ago)

      Yay! Love starting a new blanket, sure it won’t be too long before I’m hooking another 😉

  9. Jacquline
    March 7, 2014 at 2:36 am (4 years ago)

    It looks beautiful! Your living room looks so colorful and cheerful. It makes me want to redo mine.