I started this in May and have been working at it in between my job, my side gigs and my cottage business. I have made other wool blankets in the past, but this has been the most satisfying one yet.
I have used this beautiful non died Alpaca wool, from Cascade Yarns. It has taken me just short of 360 hours and almost 500 dollars in wool. I used a much smaller sized needle than the yarn calls for, because I wanted a very tight knit, which will make this blanket last a lifetime. I used a "seed stitch" which takes longer than the usual garter stitch, for the knitters out there....
After I made the squares, I crochet around each square twice, then joined four in a larger square and crochet around this 3 times. Then I joined my larger squares and finished by crocheting around the blanket five more times. All the crochet work isn't just for aesthetics, it gives the blanket a lot more structure and strength..
I enjoy making my hats and it helps me financially....but my love for knitting and wool goes well beyond that. I learned at the age of three from my mother and grandmother , who also taught me to crochet and sew and embroider.
Many of the hats I made and sold came from the same skeins that I used to make this blanket. Thanks!