Yay! A few of you were keen to join in and make a Weekend in Stockholm blanket with me, which is great news because it will help keep me motivated and hopefully I can help keep you excited about this project too. From what I can see on here, my facebook page and instagram, there are 6 7 9 of us definitely doing this and heaps still toying with the idea. Today I did a few measurements and sums on how many squares I'll be making, what size blanket and I also made a couple of notes on how I'll stay on track. I thought I'd share these details with you too, plus I like having a reference of everything in the one place, so the blog seemed like a good spot to note everything.
As I mentioned yesterday, I'm using 8 ply Patons cotton blend. I've decided to go with a 3.5mm hook and the only thing I found a bit tricky with this, was doing 4 chain to begin the square - so I increased it to 7 chain.
My first square measures approximately 13cm in width and I've decided to create a blanket that is 125cm X 151cm - single bed size. This means I'll need to crochet 99 squares and when the squares are all completed, I'll add a 4cm border around the outside, to bring the blanket up to the correct size.
To complete the 99 squares over 2015, would mean crocheting roughly 2 squares per week, but I'm doing mine slightly different and have created a plan for this:
- January & February: Complete all the centre squares - colour one. That's 99 squares!
- March, April & May: Add colour two to all of the squares.
- June, July & August: Add colour three to all of the squares.
- September, October & November: Add the final cream border to all of the squares.
- December: Join all of the squares and add the edging.
I've only allowed myself 2 months to complete the centre squares because with any new project, it's always exciting to start and I know that I'll whip through them relatively quickly. While the joining (in December) is a pain to do, it's pretty quick once you start and the final edging doesn't take that long either.
While I'm still unsure about the end yardage for this project, I did weigh my first square today, which came in at 20 grams. This means that I'll probably need 1980 grams for all of the squares, plus extra for the border. I only bought 1500 grams, so I'll have to purchase another 10ish balls to finish the project - I'll probably buy this further down the track, so I know which colours I'll need more of, etc..
So, there you have it - a run down on how I'm attacking the Weekend in Stockholm blanket.
For those joining in, I'd love to hear how you're attacking yours and also what size you'll be doing. I love facts and figures, so please share.