YAY!!! It’s done, a year-long project is complete and I am pleased with the results!
I started this project with a very different pattern in mind. If you look at my posts from January and February you can see that my first project was individual squares with the temperature in the middle circle and white surrounding the circle to create the square. I was also adding a square for the beginning of each month and for holidays.
I was enjoying the project but once I fell behind, it was taking too much time to catch up and I realized that because of all of the other projects I was working on that I didn’t have the time to commit to this pattern for a whole year.
At around the same time, I learned a new pattern called the C2C blanket. C2C stands for Corner to Corner. This pattern is worked from one corner of the blanket to the opposite corner. I love this pattern because it can be adjusted so easily to make any size of afghan that you want. You can make anything from a small square baby blanket to a nice lap size afghan to a king sized blanket for your bed! It is amazingly versatile and so easy to make!
The way I learned to make this blanket was by watching The Crochet Crowd’s YouTube video by Mikey – C2C Pattern
I really do love the way this blanket turned out. The colors make a nice rainbow effect!
It’s not the best picture of my blanket. The blanket is actually nice and straight but getting a good picture of my bigger projects can be difficult. For this one I had to climb up on a ladder and lean way out!
Don’t mind my leggings and messy bun! I took this picture on a stay at home kind of day!
Ok, so let’s review the details of this project –
I used The Crochet Crowd video to learn the pattern – C2C Pattern
I used Caron Simply Soft yarn and an H hook.
The following link will show you which colors I used and what temperatures they correspond to.
I tracked all of my temperatures in an Excel spreadsheet and checked them off as I completed them. I chose to record the temperature of wherever we were for the night so as we traveled through the summer I recorded our vacation temperatures. If you look closely enough, you can see some green and pink colors mixed in with my yellow and reds when we were camping some place cooler than our home.
I wanted a blanket that would be a nice lap blanket size. If you are concerned about what size your blanket will be then you need to do a test. The best way to figure out what size your blanket will be is to crochet a 10×10 block of square and measure them. Then you can calculate out what your finished size will be.
Here is how the math worked out for me. I wanted a blanket that was 4-5 feet wide by 6-7 feet long. By doing my test square and then playing with the math, I figured out that if I did 20 clusters of stitches per day then the numbers were close to working out. I made my blanket 72 clusters wide by 102 clusters long. This gives me a total of 7344 clusters. 2016 is a leap year so 366 days multiplied by 20 clusters per day equals 7320 clusters. That gave me 24 more clusters that I needed to incorporate. I decided to do this by “sneaking” them in! I added 1 extra cluster to each color change. For example, if I had 3 days in a row that were one color instead of 60 clusters, I would complete 61 clusters. Then if my next day was a different color I would crochet 21 clusters. I kept track of all of my extra stitches until I had completed the 24 extra stitches. My blanket ended up being 4 1/2 wide by 6 1/2 feet long. It is perfect!
Feel free to ask my any questions, I am happy to help!