Have you ever had a project that you just couldn’t seem to finish?
You want to, really you do! But for some reason things just aren’t moving along as smoothly (or as quickly) as you’d imagined, and you find yourself setting it aside to work on other projects instead. Every few months or so, you’ll have one of those “I going to finish it!” moments. You’ll drag it out of whatever box, tote, or closet it’s been relegated to, and dig right in. Hardcore. This sucker is getting done!
…until it doesn’t. A few days (or maybe just hours) later, it’s back in some cubby alone and semi-forgotten.
THIS is one of those projects.
When I was small, I had a pink, white, and blue ripple blankie that I absolutely couldn’t live without. I loved it, and until I was almost 13, there wasn’t even the slimmest chance you’d find me going to bed without it. I’m not kidding – Tantrums were involved. BIG time.
So when my Dad mentioned that he had found my beloved blanket stuffed in a closet and “would I like to have it?”, you completely understand why my (then 5 month pregnant) brain decided that this would be the perfect thing to make for the little man on the way. Nostalgia is a wickedly powerful drug, and four whole months should be plenty of time to finish one little baby blanket right?
Of course four months is plenty of time to make a baby blanket! But my pregnancy brain wasn’t letting me get away with that. Oh no. Corbin was going to love this blanket . He’s going to take it to college with him, and if that’s the case, I better make it big enough to cover a growing boy. And while we’re at it, lets not make the stripes all the same size either. We wouldn’t want him to get picked on by his college friends for having a boring baby blanket now would we? Heck no, we gotta mix it up!
(Did you just read that in your best frat boy voice? Good. That’s why I love you.)
So just before Thanksgiving 2011; I visited my favorite random stripe generator (LOVE!)
, chose my colors, hoarded my yarn, and chained out the 341 stitches that would later become the most awesome crochet blanket in history! (Well, at least in Corbin’s history. Which if I think about it is rather short, and doesn’t actually involve any other crocheted blankets. Oh well, the lack of competition in no way diminished it’s awesomeness. Umm…because I say so, that’s why!)
Anyway moving on…I actually got a good three-fifths done during those four months before Corbin was born, and I’m pretty much blaming his week early arrival as the reason that it took me so long to finish in the first place. You see, I’m kinda weird (big shock I know), and only like to crochet during the colder months. Corbin showed up, and umm…distracted me, yeah that’s it – He distracted me, and then it got hot outside, and then well…stuff. Lots of stuff. In all honesty though, it’s probably all my fault for being stubborn enough to make the blanket with single crochet. I mean, wouldn’t a triple stitch have gone 3 times as fast? Oh well, at least it’s done now.
Back Loop Single Crochet Ripple Blanket
I used an H/8 (5mm) hook and roughly 10 skeins of Caron Simply Soft in the colors: White, Soft Blue, and Dark Country Blue, for a 44 x 65 inch blanket. (approx. I crochet rather tightly) Stitching through the back loops will give the blanket a ridge and valley texture between each row, that compliments the ripple pattern nicely. Also, if you stitch through both loops for the first and last two stitches of each row, it adds a nice flat edge to the sides that gives it a more finished look. (Of course I forgot to get a close-up, but if you look carefully, you can just see what I mean on the edge right next to the letter C in the picture of Corbin below.)
With your first color, Chain 341.
Row 1: Sc in second st from hook, sc 1 st, sk 1 st, * Sc in each of next 11 ch, 3 sc in next ch, sc in each of next 11 ch, sk 2 ch, repeat from * across until you reach the last 3 stitches. sk 1 st, sc in last 2 st, ch 1, turn.
|Just a little example for those of you who prefer symbol charts.
Row 2: Sc in first 2 sc. Now begin working through the back loops only of the remaining stitches – sk 1 sc, * sc in each of next 11 scs, 3 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 11 sts, sk 2 sts, repeat from * across until you reach the last 3 stitches. sk 1 st, sc through both loops of the last 2 stitches, ch 1, turn.
*repeat Row 2 for another 260 rows alternating colors as desired.*
Want to make a smaller blanket? Simply decrease the original chain by increments of 24 to remove each peak.
Any multiple of 24 + 4 (2 border stitches on each side) with create a workable chain.
Two and a half years is an awful long time to work on a single project, but it was definitely worth it.
Look at that face! This blanket is soft and cuddly, and even if he doesn’t ever take it to college,
he loves it right now and that’s enough for me!
What’s the longest it’s every taken you to finish a project?
Or maybe you aren’t even done yet! In that case, what are you stalling on?
Don’t know how to crochet but want to learn?
Check out Rachel’s awesome crochet-along
to learn all the basics you’d need to make this blanket!