You may (if you often read my blog) remember this post from some months back where I posted a piccy of a giant Granny Stripe bed spread I was losing patience with. I had made the first chain row far too long and instead of undoing the blanket as soon as I noticed I carried on with the plan that maybe one day we might have a room big enough to put a kingsize bed in and thus would need such a massive bedspread. However not long after that post I lost the will to complete even one more 1hour long row, bundled it up into a box and forgot about it.
That is until just before Christmas when Trav mentioned the magic words "Camper Van" to me. I knew that I would need to make pretty throws for Jenni and why start at the beginning of two blankets when I have one perfectly huge blanket waiting to have something done to it. So bravely I machine sewed two rows straight up the middle of the blanket (about an inch apart from each other) and then in a very scary moment I took the scissors to it. I cut the blanket right in half!!!!!
SO SO SCARY!!!!!
But it worked and once I had added three rows of edging and a frill I have two beautiful blankets all ready to lay over the fleece covered seats in my Jenni.
Each blanket is roughly 150cmx200cm so they are plenty big enough and can double as nighttime blankets when we are in our sleeping bags. The bright colours are the same ones that I used to make all Jenni's cushions so they match beautifully! (can you see sneaky Bella)
I had rather a lot of frayed ends that I really didn't want to sit and sew into the blanket so as I hooked the three rows of single crochet that forms the base of the blankets edging I just hooked in the ends I know they won't come undone as they are all held in with the stitches from my sewing machine. I has caused the trim at the cut ends to be slightly more bulky than the rest of the trim but it looks ok and unless someone is going to inspect it they won't notice my make do and mend effort.
I made the pink trimmed edging first it's a pretty easy method of 4 chain and a slip stitch all the way around and then on the second round you single crochet 5 times over each of your loops. It forms this pretty lacy scallop.
A close up of the pink trim
For Trav's blanket I was aiming for something although pretty not quite so girlie and surprisingly this is my favourite one of the pair. The long edges are just straight triple stitch, but on the short ends I did triple triples in every SC from the row below. It took ages to do and a ton of wool but I love the effect and will most certainly be repeating this trim somewhere else in Jenni.
A close up of the blue trim
I am slightly obsessed with these frills!!!!!
Since finishing the Blue trimmed blanket on Christmas day (while out in Jenni) I have started on two other projects. one is a cover for a bolster cushion, made in all the same bright colours as the two blankets.
This one is a little boring as the rows are just straight single crochet, so at the same time I'm working on, one of two pretty ripple blankets to cover the driver and passengers seats. I'm back to work tomorrow so my crochet and crafting time will be drastically cut down, but I hope to have both of these projects finished quite soon as I'm buzzing with new hooky projects that I want to start.