Friday, 25 March 2016

Big bobble beast

Here it is, the big bobble beast.  My biggest and most tactile blanket to date.  It was fairly quick to make - I started it about 4 weeks' ago.  I wanted something thick and chunky and warm, although it probably won't get any immediate use now that we're well into spring!  



The finished blanket measures 164 x 160 cm and is just wide enough to cover our king size bed. For the main body of the blanket I used 24 balls of Stylecraft Special Chunky in Parchment with a 6mm hook.  



I'm not great at writing patterns but here's a rough guide on how to make it (it's written in UK terms and assumes you know how to make a bobble) 

(Edited 21/11/16) If you want to know more about making bobbles and bobble patterns click here
  • Make a foundation chain of 178 sts then work four rows of dc, working 1 ch before turning at the end of each row. 
  • For the first bobble row work 4 dc then make the first bobble, then work 5 dc before making the next bobble and so on, working 5 dc between each bobble to the end and finishing the row with 4 dc after the last bobble.  
  • Work 3 rows of dc.
  • For the second bobble row work 7 dc, make the first bobble, work 5 dc before making the next bobble and so on, working 5 dc between each bobble to the end and finishing the row with 7 dc after the last bobble.  
  • Repeat these two bobble rows (with the 3 rows of dc in between them) until your blanket is the size you want, working 4 rows of dc after the very last bobble row.


Because the blanket is quite busy with bobbles I opted for a simple crab stitch edging in a contrasting colour.  To neaten the sides I worked a row of dc all around the blanket in the Parchment, working 3dc into the corners to keep the square shape, then I went round in dc again in Stylecraft Special Chunky Graphite before working the final round in crab stitch in the same colour (1 ball was just about enough).  


I love these bobbles and I like the dimples they make on he wrong side almost as much!


Happy Easter!


Hope all is well out there ...
Jane x

5 comments:

  1. What a lovely blanket, you are so clever...Happy Easter xx

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  2. It is really gorgeous Jane! Happy Easter!
    Helen xox

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  3. Big beautiful blanket - impressive that you got that done in 4 weeks.

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  4. Looks gorgeous Jane! Thanks for sharing the pattern!
    Gill xx

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