4
Feb

It Only Took 9 Months …

… but I finally finished it. In the amount of time it takes to make a human, I completed my gloriously grand and lusciously large City Tweed blanket. Big enough cover a queen-sized bed, it’s like being wrapped in an electric blanket made of marshmallows. So lush, cozy and soft!
City Tweed BlanketCity Tweed blanket

Being a rather impulsive crocheter, I generally start projects in a flurry, propelled by a grandiose vision that can’t be troubled with logistics. I didn’t realize how massive this blanket would be until I was about a third of the way through, when it was too late to turn around. With determination, I plunged onward, and I am so glad I did!

City Tweed Blanket

Not to belabor the pregnancy analogy, but I really do feel like this blanket is a part of me. We’ve been through so much together! Like any good mother, I’ve chronicled the stages of its development:

The beginnings. Euphoric and elated about the prospect of being a blanket owner! Can’t wait to meet the final product. 

First City Tweed pic

Slogging through the hot, muggy summer months with a thick wool blanket on you is not ideal, but I kept the final goal in mind.

2nd City Tweed pic

A refreshing family vacation to the beach with the blanket was just what I needed after the long summer. Jealously might have been present due to the arrival of a smaller and cuter blanket project. 

3rd pic

Families that play together, stay together. Blankie and I enjoyed many a trashy TV show snuggled together on my bed.

City Tweed and TV

Worn out toward the end, I recruited some help to finish the blanket. Clover to the rescue!

City Tweed and Bunny

And then, just like that, it’s over and I have a blanket. A hearty 7lbs, he’s robust, hearty and oh-so-beautiful.

Here’s a picture for scale:

City Tweed to scale

THE DETAILS

Hook size: 6.0
Yarn: 30 balls of City Tweed Aran/HW, in Obsidian

Chain foundation row in multiples of 3, plus 2 chains (I did 212 ch)

First row: 1 single crochet (sc) into 2nd chain from hook, 1 sc into each chain to end.

Second row: Ch 3 (counts as 1 double crochet (dc)), 1 dc into first sc, [skip 2 sc, 3 dc into next sc] to end.

Third row: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc into very first stitch, [3 dc into next space between dc groups] repeat to last space, 2 dc into last space and then 1 dc into 3rd stitch of ch 3 from previous row.

And you just keep doing that until it is as tall as you want! The height of my blanket ended up being 104″.

17 thoughts on “It Only Took 9 Months …

  1. Lovely! They take so much time, but the end result is so worth the time spent! I LOVE your helper! I have a very similar, but slightly fuzzier helper (double mane lionhead,) whom I have threatened to knit into the project if he doesn’t keep out of distance of my needles!

    • Ha ha … yes, the ‘helpers’ are quite prone to nibble on the projects. Or forget that the blanket is not their litter box :)

  2. It’s absolutely gorgeous. City Tweed is a beautiful yarn. I’m in the process of making a Granny Square blanket using Palette. I counted up the total number of squares I’m going to have to make and was shocked that I’m going to need 110 squares!!

  3. I’m going to have to disagree with characterizing FNL as trashy television, but I do love the blanket.

  4. Gorgeous!!! Without causing too much sibling rivalry, can we see a picture of the smaller blanket too? It looks intriguing as well.

  5. Wow, great job. And it looks like it folds up nice and tidy. I never did a blanket before because I was afraid it might fold up into this huge space hogging monster. Simple design that could go with anything. Really nice and inspiring. If I can get enough yarn for it I just might have to make one of those.

  6. I’ve embarked on two (consecutive) blankets for my two sons – both, hopefully, twin bed sized. I’m knitting with brava and really enjoying it but I confess to some sweater distraction and fear of summer heat!

  7. If I calculate correctly, that’s just shy of 5000 yards.
    I’ve been wanting to make a nice blanket for myself, but didn’t trust myself to correctly ballpark the yardage. I want to make a full sized blanket, but will probably do a crocheted pattern. Plus, I will probably want to use something like swish because, well, my pets are spoiled and they ALL sleep on the bed at night!
    After seeing this beauty, I’m willing to put 9 months or more into the project.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • You can do it, Stephanie! It’s quite rewarding at the end. Swish is a great idea … I started my City Tweed blanket BEFORE I got Clover, my wee helper :)

  8. And I thought my 6-and-a-half-footer knit blanket that only took 9 balls of yarn and 40-ish hours to make was ridiculous. You have the patience of a martyr! You did a marvelous job, it’s beautiful! Gorgeous. Magnificent. Dazzling. Stunning. Superb. Angelic. Ravishing. Resplendent. Exquisite. Sublime. Et cetera. (:

  9. Reminds me of my 7 foot blanket I made for my six foot daughter. Your work is fabulous and I love the tweed.