Project Update: Halfway through “The Beast”

March 22, 2020 1:42 pm | Knit & Crochet | 0 comments

TL/DR: This blanket is WAY bigger than I thought it was going to be – please see the options and offer your advice! Thank you!

Well folks, I’ve officially reached the halfway point of “The Beast,” a king-sized blanket I’m making for my husband that I posted about HERE. I must say – it is surprisingly much larger than I thought it was going to be. I now have to stand up to turn the blanket and each row takes between 20-30 minutes to complete. I just started the 4th “Snow” (white) cake out of nine and since I’m at the halfway point, I figured I’d take it upstairs to lay it out on the bed and see how it looks….. And WOW…. is it ever big! Like, maybe too big! LOL In my head, I imagined the colors striping horizontally, so the darker grays would be at the top and bottom. But after I laid it on the bed, I realized perhaps that wasn’t right. The ends hang off onto the floor on both sides and it’s already almost big enough for the bed if turned this direction, as you can see below:

And yes, I can see I need to sweep and dust. Haha – funny how pictures are so good about showing us those things huh? I’m only human after all 😛 Anyway, so then I thought, “Maybe it’s supposed to go the other way….” So I turned it around and could then clearly see where the other 100 rows come into play.

It’s still incredibly long though, and the only way to keep it off the floor is to fold the top down. I can work with that though. But just for gauging, here’s how far it’s folded down with the other end nearly to the floor:

So here’s where I need your help! what would YOU do in this situation? Here are my two options:

Option 1) Make it horizontal and stop with the white – finish the pattern with the two greys and border off. The downside here is that both sides hit the floor.

Option 2) Make it vertical, finish the other hundred rows, and border off. The downside here is that it’s still too long, but the top could simply be folded back to shorten it up.

Please comment below with your suggestions! Thank you!!



Angela has more than 20 years of information technology experience and two years in Cyber Security. She currently works as a Security Operations Manager for a global aerospace manufacturer. She also serves as a commissioned officer in the Army National Guard for the Defensive Cyber Operations Element. She has many hobbies and enjoys bowling, cardio kickboxing, and singing karaoke. She has a husband of more than 20 years, four grown children, an English Bulldog, and two parakeets.


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