The purpose of this blanket was to use up to skeins of Lion Brand Pound of Love yarn and that's what I did. I admit that after making it I like the yarn better but there's something really daunting about these giant skeins of yarn. I prefer smaller skeins although I know that the price is best on the larger skeins.
How do I know the price is better on the giant skeins? Well, I sat down earlier this week and did the math. I looked up as many of the "everyday" yarns as I could think of and calculated a price per yard. I calculated both the base price and also the most common sale prices. This chart is sorted by the sale price. There are a lot of these that I have never used but the cost analysis was an interesting exercise. For other "specialty" yarns like cakes, anti-pilling and blends, I consider a price of less than .02 per yard to be a good deal and that's how I handle toe barrage of "great deal" emails that I get every day. I did order a skein go the Herrschners Worsted 8. The price is really good and they have tons of colors. I hope I like working with it and that it washes well.
This blanket will be donated to From The Heart, probably for a chemo or dialysis patient.
Here are all of the specifics:
Blanket finished size: 47 x 52 (It's a little too wide, I should have made it closer to the size of this one but I made it wider because I thought I had more yarn. I wish it was closer to 40 x 60 but it will be fine as it is.)
Pattern: Sober Granny by Christa of The Secret Yarnery - she has excellent tutorials and patterns, did not do the border
J (6 mm) hook, but probably should have used a K
Cast on 35 sets of 4 + 2 (30 would have been optimal)
Crochet alternating 7 rows in dark green and 9 rows in light green, beginning and ending in dark green. I quit when I ran out of dark green.
CH3, 2 DC in 1st SC from previous row
* SC in CH2 space from previous row, 3 DC in SC from previous row*
SC in last CH2 space
The pattern makes great texture and it's nice mindless stitching.
I want all of this yarn gone so I took the leftover dark green and added it to this scrappy blanket that will either be a wheelchair blanket or pet blanket, depending on it's ugliness factor when it's done. I actually think it looks kind of fun at this point.
I have more of the light green left so I'm doubling it up with some tan yarn and making some men's winter beanies to stock up for next year. This pattern goes really fast so I should have the green yarn finished off by Monday.
Tomorrow and Saturday are sewing days with quilt club so I'll be starting a new veterans quilt. Today I have lots of computer work to do but I hope to get a little quilting practice in this afternoon. But it's also sunny and warm so the outside is calling....
2/16/2023 01:05:55 pm
I think you'll like Herrschners Worsted 8. I make lots of shawls, kids hats, etc and began using this yarn 2 months ago because I actually live 1.1 miles away from the store and warehouse in Stevens Point WI. I have some Herrschners Baby Worsted waiting to become a baby blanket, but I'm encouraged so far by the success I've had with the Worsted 8.
2/16/2023 05:54:28 pm
Someone is certainly going to enjoy snuggling beneath that blanket. Interesting to note the cost differences between yarns - I've never thought of doing that. Of course many of those yarns aren't available here and the price point is much higher here too.
2/16/2023 07:40:10 pm
I will show your post to my daughter who is a huge blanket crochet maker. She is also analytical and will get a kick out of your spreadsheet. I am too numerically challenged to ever figure out some thing like that. For me, it is color and feel that affects my purchase, which is why I hate buying fabric online. Wonderful stitch in the blanket.
2/17/2023 08:07:58 am
The blanket turned out beautiful. It does have a lot of texture which I think could be very comforting. I like how you are blending the two colors for the men's hats. I enjoyed knitting up the yarn you sent me.
2/22/2023 11:03:00 am
Great combination of colors! I like the price charts you do - I still like the pound of loves but I make my husband re-ball ( is that a word) them for me so I have 4 smaller balls.... I get so twisted if I dont haha!
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.