The good news is, I finished the blanket - yippee!
The sad news is, I no longer have a weekend blanket project - boo hoo...
Of course, I'm not really remotely sad to have hooked the last stitch and woven in the last end of my lovely hexie blanket project. Just the opposite, I'm happy as happy about it because I love it. I am going to miss working on it at the weekends though. I had become a thing to look forward to, a little treat that I would remember on the Friday, 'ooh it's blanket making time.' I liked that.
Last time we spoke, I was in the throes of border decisions and I'm pleased to say, with the help of a few experiments and the wise and wonderful of IG, I managed to get something I was happy with. I initially wanted colourful bobbles along the ends, on the hexie points, but it just looked dibby and wrong when I tried it and in the end I decided that really the glorious and colourful hexies just had to be the star of the show and a one color border was the way to go.
For some reason, I'm not quite sure why, the edges at the side had to be straight though. I guess because I'd filled those gaps with my half-hexagons but at the end I'd left the whole hexagon points, so I wanted to emphasize those and that difference? I say that now, after the fact but at the time I admit it wasn't such a clear thought, more of a feeling of what would be right which I went along with.
This blanket was supposed to be a smaller project. A little throw to cover the lap and keep off the chill while telly watching of an evening. It turned out a little big bigger than I intended though, maybe because I just couldn't get enough of these hexies. There's a picture of it below on my double bed so you can get an idea of the scale. We have a king size bed and for those of you in the UK, that will mean something. How it compares to beds elsewhere I'm not sure but I'll give you all the measurements below in any case.
I'm most mesorised by the colours. The palette feels so familiar to me, as if I've used it before. I thought it was like my Giant Granny Patches blanket, until I held them together and really they are very different. It is kind of similar to my Niffy Fifties Ripple and that was one of my favourite sets of colours for a long, long time. It's also fairly close to my Elmer the Cushion palette.
Maybe it's just because it's got so many of my favourite shades in it. Maybe it's because it's one of those that just keeps giving me ideas for other combinations of colours that I could take from it and use. I love it when that happens. Whatever it is, there is something about it that feels utterly right and comforting and 'me' about it.
As usual though, no blanket finale post would be complete without a complete low-down on all the relevant facts. We love the details don't we? Okay, let's get to it then...
: : W E E K E N D E R B L A N K E T : :
Yarn, Colours & Patterns
For the all the yarn types I used and colour details, see this post:
Weekender Blanket Hexie Pattern
You will also find the Stylecraft colour information in that post
For the whole and half hexie charts see the above link.
For the written pattern of the whole and half hexies, see the Ravelry pattern page to download:
Border pattern will be coming soon.
Hook: 4mm (G USA)
Size: 158 x 130cm (62 x 51")
Total rows of hexies: 23
Number of hexies in a row: 16 (or 15 and 2 halves)
Total number of whole hexies: 357
Total number of half hexies: 22
Total Yardage: 3,295 yards
Approx yardage for hexies only: 3,034
Approx yardage for border only: 261 yards
Number of balls used: 15 (14 colours and 1 extra for the border)
I think that's it, but if there is anything else you'd like to know, just ask!
Oh and one last thing - I did work up a little 'filler' hexie just in case anyone was thinking they would like to straighten off all the edges of their blankets. What do you think? Would anyone be interested in the pattern for that?
In the meantime, keep working away on your blankets for the 'along' and keep posting those gorgeous pictures!
It's not too late to join in the fun with your own blanket project. We're working on our new and old projects throughout March and we'd love to see yours too.
You can see this post for more details of the Blanket Along.
Just remember to use the #CHBAL tag on Instagram or pop over to the Cherry Heart Blanket Along thread on ravelry so we can enjoy your pretties!