Project: The Beast – Crocheted King Sized Blanket
This is a size 6 yarn and 100% Polyester but it feels like a cloud! Each cake is a whopping 28oz/800g and 437yd/400m and will make one 42″ x 42″ blanket using size 11 (8mm) needles or a size N-13 (9mm) hook.
So we bought two cakes – one called “Iron” which is a dark grey color, and the other called “Pearl Grey” which is a light grey color. The original intent was to make a super thick blanket holding the two colors together. But then I realized just how small 42″ x 42″ was. This is when hubby said he wanted one big enough for our bed… we have a King sized bed…. EEK!!! So foolish me – I didn’t do the math to see what that would actually take. I just thought, “Oh, okay, I’ll just do it single ply and get a couple more cakes – that ought to be enough!” So I did.
I ultimately calculated that I was going to need about 13 cakes to make this blanket, so I went on the hunt to find the yarn cheaper. I succeeded by adding a third color – “Snow.” Like it’s name, this is a pure white yarn and I was able to get it for just $12.99/cake compared to the $19.99/cake I spent on the others. So yes, this blanket is costing me about $200. I also had to buy a bigger hook because the pattern called for a size Q (15mm) Hook. And just yesterday, I had to buy a tub to hold this monstrosity in because it’s already becoming a beast to work with and I’m only 36 rows in!
Author’s Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/soft-granite-blanket
Row 1: With Color A, ch the number based on chart above (220 for King), skip 3 chains, sc in the next ch, *ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch; repeat from * to end, turn.
Row 2: Ch 2, skip the 1st st, sc in the next ch sp, *ch 1, skip the next st, sc in the next ch sp; repeat from * to end, turn.
Row 3 (last row): Repeat Row 2, changing colors as desired, then go to the Border instructions below:
Border: Break all yarn except for border color, then sc evenly around blanket, working 3 sc in each corner st.
Update: 3:30pm 3/16/2020
My white yarn just arrived! Well, 5 of the rolls anyway. I had to order from both Walmart.com and Amazon.com to get 9 cakes total. The rest will arrive tomorrow! This is good because I was at a standstill until it came in. WooHoo! Back to work!
Also, for my Bullet Journal friends, here’s the layout I made to track my progress in my journal!