FO: The Great Big Enormous Mystery Crochet Blanket

 Vital Statistics:

Weight:  1450g
Metres:  2465m  (based on 85m in a 50g ball)

Pattern:  Inside Crochet magazine Mystery Crochet Blanket, from Issues 48, 49, 50 and 51.  With enormous thanks to two fellow Ravellers: Jadesfire and Craftyfox for sending me their issues 48 and 49.

Materials: the equivalent of 29 x 50g balls of Rico Creative Cotton Aran, but I had to buy additional balls of individual colours to complete rows in a single colour.  A 5.00 mm crochet hook.

Cost?  If it had taken only 29 balls it would have cost around £1.69 x 29 (price of the yarn at Kemps), but I needed more like 45 balls to preserve the integrity of each round… so somewhere around £75

Time to make?  I started it in March and have been plugging away at it ever since, with pauses to order more yarn.  But really?  Not long at all, considering the size of it!

 Finished Dimensions:
This is the blanket on a King-sized bed.

 A close up of my favourite stripes.

 And this is the same blanket on a Single bed.

Blanket posing on the window sill of the holiday cottage.

What do you think this is, blanket?  “Country Living” magazine?!

Verdict?
This was a hugely enjoyable challenge.
Until now I had not crocheted anything bigger than a baby’s bootee.
I learned loads of new stitches and had the chance to play with colour on a grand scale.

And I discovered how yarn-hungry crochet can be!
Would I make it again?  Not using this sort of cotton yarn – it split like crazy.
But I will definitely keep on crocheting… now that I know I can.
I have this hankering for a great big enormous granny square blanket…!