I love sleeping. Immensely.
Perhaps that is the reason behind my affinity for crocheting blankets. Halfway through a massive Brava blanket adventure, I recently started a second hefty blanket, this time in the sumptuous Billow. Straying bravely away from my typical coral-infused color palette, I opted for a beautiful gradation of 6 colors, kicking off with the sunny Cornmeal and winding down with the creamy Natural.
While I forayed into foreign color territory, I stuck with my tried-and-true stitch, the Granny Square, but in stripe version (here is a similar pattern). Overall a fairly motivated person, I am strangely quite content to remain completely unambitious with my crocheting technique. Devoid of any desire to learn new stitches, I crochet purely to move my hands and feel the yarn between my fingers. All I ask for is new yarn and colors, and I will granny stitch until I am actually a granny.
The blanket measures about 60″ wide, and theoretically will end up around 63″ tall. For each stripe, I use a little under 3 hanks of the color.
In addition to the smashing color palette, my favorite aspect of this blanket is the whipped cream-like texture of the yarn. It feels like my fingers are getting a gentle massage when I crochet with it. Others can barely keep their hands off it as well. Wherever I take it (which is everywhere I go), hands of friends and strangers alike greedily stroke the plush softness. I don’t blame them – they can’t help it. Just look at it!
Another plus about this uber-easy pattern: it’s simple enough that I can recruit my 8-yr old niece to take over when my wrist grows weary!