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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Blanket of Scraps


Bits and Pieces Blanket
By Berta Gilholm

This is a Blanket I've been working off and on, made of everything yarn that you’ve been saving from projects. You can also make a purse or baby blanket out of this basic pattern.
Materials: Use any #4 worsted weight or #3 sport weight/#2 lightweight (I usually hold 2 strands of the sport/light weight together to equal the worsted, it comes out more even). I use leftover scraps, any 1 or 2 skein on sale/had-to-have yarn that I never used and that 1 to 6 oz. of whatever leftover from the other project that you didn’t need.
Note: Yarn rule of thumb is, collect all the S-c-crap yarn, lay it side by side, in rows next to each other, mix it up until you like the colors. Take a notepad, make a list of the color arrangement, put all the yarn and note in a box or bag. If you need more scrap you can wait or start with what you have and work new scraps in as they appear. I’ve been adding for 6 months on this one; mostly because I need to work on it (I have plenty of scraps). Make your rows in stripes, dark to medium to light colors, etc. , use 1 color every 3 or 4 rows ending the color at about ¼, ½, or ¾ the way across; then change. Work a chain of 2 stitches for each (sc/ch1), plus 1 at the end of each row for the last sc.
Crochet Hook size k/10, 6.5mm
Yarn Needle
Abbreviations: Ch = chain, Sc = single crochet, Sp = space, Sk = skip, FO = fasten off

The simple Repeat Scrap Blanket Pattern:  (This stitch goes pretty fast)
To begin Make it as wide and long as you want. I wanted a single blanket, so the width of my Blanket is 54 inches and I am at 26 inches length so far.
To make mine: Ch 190 (189 + 1 chain for turning)
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, and in each ch across row, turn (189 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, Sc in same sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next sc, Repeat from * all the way across row, sc in last sc, turn  (95 sc + 94 spaces)
Row 3:  Ch 1, Sc in the same sc, ch 1, sc in next ch 1 sp, *ch1, sk next sc, sc in next sc, Repeat from * all the way across row, sc in last sc, turn
Rows 4 through “Whatever row you end on, according to the length you want”: Repeat Row 3 and FO and weave in ends on your last row.

Future project Option: If you would like to make a ScrapTote (13” w x 11” h x 3” bottom width, using the same pattern do the following,
Ch 46
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, and in each ch across row, turn (45 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, Sc in same sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next sc, Repeat from * all the way across row, sc in last sc, turn  (23 sc + 22 spaces)
Row 3:  Ch 1, Sc in the same sc, ch 1, sc in next ch 1 sp, *ch1, sk next sc, sc in next sc, Repeat from * all the way across row, sc in last sc, turn
Rows 4 through “The row that ends up at 26 inches from the beginning to”: Repeat Row 3 and FO and weave in ends on your last row. Sew both sides together with yarn, cut a piece of heavy cardboard 3 inches wide x 13 inches long and place in the bottom of tote.
Make a strap mixing up colors of ww yarn as you go:  - Ch 8,
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, and in each ch across row, turn (7 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, Sc in each sc across row, turn (7 sc)
Row 3 through whatever length you want: Repeat row 2, at end FO weave in ends and attach strap centered on each side seam of the tote.

2 comments:

  1. love this. Going to try it soon but will make it a baby blanket first. Got too much yarn. will have to live to 150 to maybe use it all - 73 now.

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    1. Like you, I will probably be 150 before I would use up all the scraps. I found one way to delete my stack though; I sent each of my daughters (who are also Crocheter's) big boxes filled with leftovers, I also put pattern books for afghan's, Granny Squares, Baby Blankets, etc. in with the yarn. They said it was like Christmas again. Of course you can use the same pattern here for scarves, cowls and such. Thanks for the interest, Birdie

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