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Eleventh Hour Blanket Rendition

2015-11-25 17.01.18BUURRRRR!  If you haven’t noticed lately…it’s cold out there!  In fact, it got down to 41 degrees today.  (FYI that’s cold for us So-Cal people!)  In fact, for the last few nights, I’ve gone to bed dressed like an Inuit to try to keep warm!  (You see, my house has furnace heating and I do not like to leave it on while we sleep.)

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While wearing a million layers helped me keep warm, I have to say it wasn’t very comfortable.  Naturally, I began to scour the web for the FASTEST and WARMEST blanket pattern I could find.  Luckily, I found the Purl Soho’s Eleventh Hour Blanket!

 (As shown below!)

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Let me first say that the Purl Soho’s pattern is absolutely beautiful!  If I could afford it, I would have loved to complete the pattern exactly as they wrote it.  However, in order to adjust their pattern to fit my Queen-sized bed, it would have required 10+ balls of their gorgeous Cascade Magnum yarn which is $24.90 a ball and lezbehonest…

Im poor

So naturally, I began working on a more cost-effective idea to “get the look”.  First, I calculated how many stitches I would need to work with in order to fit my Queen-sized bed decently.  I decided to go with 65 stitches, however, if I could do it over again, I would probably go with  71 so it would drape over the bed more.  Next, I began to look for some cheaper bulky yarn that still had some wool in it in order to retain warmth.  After debating between Lion Brand’s Wool Ease Think & Quick and Loops and Threads’ Cozy Wool, I decided to go with the latter due to the deals that were available.  I ended up purchasing 14 balls of Cozy Wool in an off-white color for $5 a ball plus 20% off my purchase. (If you’re looking to duplicate my version of the pattern, make sure to add 2 extra balls if you wish to do 71 stitches rather than my original 65.)

Now, all that was left to do was to get to work.  I picked up my size 36 circular needles and casted on 65 stitches, working 2 balls of yarn at a time.  I followed the K1, P1, adding new balls of yarn as I went, until the blanket reached my desired length of about 55-60 inches.  (It’s very stretchy, so the dimensions change.)  With an adequate amount of yarn left, I binded off, sewed in, and boom… after only TWO DAYS a new, warm blanket was born and boy was she a ‘beaut.  At almost 1/4th the cost, I was able to create a decent stand-in for the original Eleventh Hour Blanket.

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In the end, I can honestly say I am absolutely thrilled with how the blanket came out and how warm I was last night!  Now, I no longer have to layer up before bed –PLUS– I still had some extra money left over to go to the movies!  Win-win.  Eventually, I am going to add an edging to the blanket like they did in the original pattern, but for now, I am knee-deep in knitting washcloths for holiday gifts!

always, ashley

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Simple Striped Blanket

Blanket

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SO, I have been working on the largest knitted project I have ever attempted, a twin bed-sized blanket.  I ended up using 4 balls of Bernat Blanket yarn in Dark Grey to complete the project.  The pattern I chose to use was a simple K4, P4 for 120 stitches across.  The project took about two months to complete with the normal life interruptions.  The blanket is so thick and warm, my only regret is that I live in Southern California and it is currently 85 degrees!

always, ashley

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