Charming Tauntaun Blanket Wrap

Over three years ago, I had a New Year’s resolution to start this project and I had a follow up post with some progress. But once this monster got big, it mostly stayed in the project bag, because it was too heavy and hot to take out and work on. This winter I decided I was going to finally finish it, then as I was working on it I realized some of the yarns had been discontinued, so the fire was really on my butt to get this done. Here it is, 3 years and 3 months later, the giant Tauntaun blanket that I made for my husband.

My husband modeling his new Tauntaun blanket

This blanket was inspired by the Tauntaun sleeping bag. My original sketches had legs instead of a sack and I thought of lining it and adding a zipper, but in the end I stuck with simplicity. There is no pattern for this, I cobbled together the hood, the body, and horn as well as some modifications. The rest is pretty much free hand outside of the inspirations of the patterns. The body is all hdc, the arms are dc. This thing is heavy and warm.

The cats love this blanket. Any time I was working on it, they would lay on it.

The entire thing cost about $400 in suplies:

Yarn Bee Snuggle Up White, 7 skeins

Yarn Bee Snuggle Up Silver Fox, 18 skeins

Yarn Bee Snuggle Up Silver, 26 skeins

Knitpicks Clarity Comfy Worsted,12 skeins

Knitpicks Light Blue Comfy Worsted, 40 skeins

Safety Eyes

And as much as I was afraid of running out of yarn, I ended up with a ton left over.

George Update:

He’s still with us, although not integrated with the other cats. He really doesn’t like them.

Openwork Afghan Pattern

While I was rummaging through the closet and I  found those afghans by Grandma, I also found one of my afghans.  Many years ago I was in another one of my crochet kicks.  It was probably around 2005 or so.  That one lasted a couple of years and most likely ended because of video games.  Yeah, I used to be addicted to my XBox back then.

Openwork Afghan

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With All My Heart Blanket

The big trend that I am seeing everywhere is the With All My Heart Blanket. I belong to a couple of Facebook Crochet Groups (The Crochet Addiction and For the Love of Crochet) and I keep seeing pictures of this blanket show up on my feed. In addition, I’m seeing people posting their WIP of this blanket. It’s really beautiful. I’d like to attempt those interlocking hearts some day, but at the moment my to do list is too long.

The Etsy shop, The HatandI, also includes hats, ear warmers, and bags with the interlocking hearts. I suspect lots of people will be getting this blanket for Valentine’s Day and weddings this year. Keep an eye out for this new trend of the season/year.

Project Graveyard – Stellar Patchwork Crochet Blanket

I found this Hufflepuff blanket pattern on Pinterest and I thought it would make a nice house warming gift for my co-worker and his fiance (both Hufflepuffs).  The pattern is labelled easy, and well it is easy in that it’s all single crochet (sc) stitch.  It also uses super bulky yarn, so I figured it would be quick AND easy.  But instead I found it to be confusing and frustrating.  This blanket is a royal pain in the ass.

While reading the instructions, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how the color change was occurring between blocks.  I thought maybe the yarn was carried through or maybe it cut between blocks?  And that would really suck because I hate weaving in ends.  But this method just confused me.

I started this blanket several times; I just couldn’t figure it out until I found some online help on Ravelry.  I learned on there from other users that did the pattern that you need to keep eight balls of yarn going at the same time in order to change colors for each square.  I thought I had a pretty good system devised.  I balled all of my yarn and kept them in plastic Ziploc bags that were numbered (2 balls to a bag), so I could flip them over when I turned the pattern.  I saw other users used boxes to keep their yarn and other methods.  But overall, keeping that many balls of yarn going at once was a mess.

Project Graveyard

In the end, I think I’ll just pull this all out and make a zig-zag blanket instead.  It will be much easier.  But I’ll pick this blanket up a little later.  Maybe as a wedding gift?