Hi there - I have recently finished this chunky cozylicious blanket for my house.
Yes, we are keeping it! Can you believe it? This does not happen frequently as most of the things I do are either commissions or being designed for other purposes.
That is why naming it "Stay with me" seemed like a perfect fit. It is the softest blanket ever and its heavenly heaviness makes you want to stay wrapped in it forever. Sadly, one has to do real life stuff and can't stay in cozyland forever, but if you fancy to try your own version, here are the general specifics and instructions:
Yarn: 100% merino fine, superwash
Colors: offwhite, camel, dark grey, light grey, chocolate and mustard.
Hook: 9 mm
The blanket consists of 3 vertical columns of 6 squares each = 18 squares in total.
Each square has 17 rows and measures 36 cm (13'4'' inches) (w) x 29 cm (9'8") (h).
Total size of the blanket: 108 cm (42'5") x 174 cm (68'5")
I have done each column continuously adding the new color after the seventeenth row to build the squares up.
Stitches and abbreviations:
ch - chain
hdc - half double crochet
cs* - cluster stitch
yo - yarn over
There are several versions for the cs, the one I have used here creates an extra rich texture. It is a combination of a cluster and a bean stitch all in one:
Yo, insert hook into stitch, yo, pull through loop (you'll have 3 loops on hook), yo, insert hook into same sp, yo, pull through loop (you'll have 5 loops on hook), yo and pull through 5 loops.
Start with a foundation chain according to the desired width for your first column of squares, mine had 26ch (24ch + 2)
Make a hdc into 3rd ch from hook, hdc all along into each ch (24 hdc), ch2, turn work.
Make a cs into first stitch, work a cs into each stitch all the way to the end (24 cs), ch2, turn work.
Continue alternating rows 1 and 2 until you count 17 rows (you can continue and make them higher, but it wouldn't look like a square).
At the end of row 17, attach new color and continue alternating again between row 1 and 2. Each color square should start and finish with a row of hdc. Add as many colors and squares as you want!
Once I finished three columns of 6 colors each, I assembled them by passing the yarn with the hook through the back stitches (I chose the white yarn and used a hook 2 sizes smaller). You won't be able to see it from the front, but you do see it from the back. It actually gives a natural, rustic look to it and I love it!
In order to obtain an even and neat joint it is important to pair up hdc rows and cs rows so that the texture matches seamlessly.
I've added some pom-poms on corners and joints for fun (and simply because everything looks better with them 😀 ) and listo! Ready to be enjoyed and fought over by all members of the house......