Sunday, November 26, 2017

"Done in a Day" Crocheted Blanket Review

Simply Soft crochet yarn by Caron
I love to crochet. But I usually am only in the mood to crochet during the cooler months. And I'm somewhere between a beginner and an intermediate. Patterns with a variety of stitches or changes in the rows confuse me. These factors often limit the projects I can crochet. However, I've found an easy and pretty crocheted pattern called "Done in a Day" as found on Dabbles & Babbles. I am so excited about this treasure that I have to share it with you (and put it here so I don't loose track of it!).

"Done in a Day" Crochet Baby Blanket

My only criticism is that "Done in a Day" is a misnomer. At least it is for a beginner like me. It certainly is not going to be a project I finish in a day. A weekend. Or even a week. Perhaps advanced crocheters can do this in a day. I can't. Granted, the author is using a bulky weight yarn and I am not (I am using the Caron Simply Soft shown in the photo above). But still. I wouldn't have it done in a day. You might, though.

EVERYTHING else about this pattern is awesome!

I used different yarn and a different gauge hook to suit my needs. Fortunately, the pattern begins with a chain in the amount of stitches divisible by 2. The author's pattern started with 66 stitches. Mine - with a smaller hook and yarn - started with a chain of 122 stitches.

The pattern continues with directions for three rows. Yes, only THREE rows that are repeated until the length of the item is obtained. How easy is that?

Easy enough for me!

Double crochet (dc) is a stitch that comes to me intuitively. It is a stitch that adds length more quickly than some other stitches. This project is row after row of double crochet. And the subtle "pattern" comes from the placement of the stitches. The two double crochet stitches are grouped in the top of the "V" formed by the two double crochet stitches in the row below. Make a "V" and skip a space, make a "V" and skip a space. Easy.

A portion of the pattern directions:
Chain 66 (made in multiples of 2 if you'd like to adjust size)
Row 1: 2dc in the 4th ch from the hook, *skip 1 ch, 2dc in the next ch*, repeat across entire row ending with a dc in the last ch. turn
Row 2: Ch 3. Skip the first dc and dc twice into the space between the next group of 2 dcs. *Go to the next group of 2 dc's and dc twice into the space between*, repeat until the end of the row ending with a dc in the last dc
Row 3: Repeat row 2. Bind off and weave in ends.

The Dabbles & Babbles finished blanket measures 32" x 32". Mine will finish to be a couple of inches longer and wider. 

CLICK HERE - for Done in a Day crochet pattern by Dabbles & Babbles
I am very excited about my progress with this project and can't wait to start more throws in a variety of colors. My next project will be one for myself -- in Bernat Blanket Yarn.

If you are looking for an easy and beautiful pattern, check out this one. Add your personal touch by choosing a variety of colors and/or weights of yarn. 

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  1. Very nice! I'm in between a beginner and intermediate too and this pattern looks quite easy. Might have to try making one myself.

    1. Susan, you'll have to let me know if you try it and if you like it. I am finding it to be incredibly easy...almost mindless... and yet a sort of subtle "waffle" texture is present. I'm very pleased with it.

  2. Looks like it will be a very lovely blanket when it's finished. I have never quite gotten the hang of crochet myself. It would probably take me YEARS. lol

  3. Pretty blanket, Dawn Rae. I have made about 5 blanket/afghans in crochet in my hobby years. They are fun and pretty when finished. But what I usually crochet is plush animals. Maybe it's time to begin another blanket.

  4. It's a pretty pattern! I love Caron Simply Soft.I can see why you chose it for the blanket despite the pattern being written for a heavier yarn.

  5. What a very pretty blanket! It would take me a lot longer than a day too, but it would be the perfect project for me when I am ready to pick up my crochet hook again. The instructions certainly seem easy enough! Thank you

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