Like so many knitters, I had accumulated a really large amount of scraps since I've started knitting. Hopefully, you end a project and still have a bit left and don't have to put a funky contrasting stripe in. Ahem. What to do, with all those odd balls and leftovers? A bit of color-work here and there fits the bill nicely, but it still won't put a dent in my scrappy stash.
Since moving abroad and starting fresh three years ago, I managed to knit enough to once again get an overflowing bin of leftover odds and ends. Sigh. I resolved to do something with them instead of cramming yet another partial skein into the bin. Searching the vast crafty pages of the internet, I ruled out loads of ideas before starting to drift towards blankets. I have never made one of those before! My fully-furnished rental flat had a decor scheme of white and beige and zzzzzz I'm sick of that.
The Babette blanket, a crochet calliphony of different sized squares, all cobbled together and tied up with a border. It is a sight to behold. All my sport, sock and robust laceweight yarn scraps...every last bit used up.
If you have received a knitted gift from me in the past few years, chances are you can possibly play a game of I-spy and find your leftovers. wow, much pink.
It's kind of a hot mess of whatever I could grab and crochet into a square. I tried to mix it up as best I could without too many similar colors grouped together, but that was really all the planning I did. I've seen other people's blankets where they actually planned out their color scheme, and it looks fantastic. However, I am not that color coordinated and I really just wanted all the stash gone.
I tried to seam it up as I went along just to save myself the mega headache of getting this all together. This didn't work really well: after washing and hanging to dry, the weight of it all unravled many, many seams of the slippery superwash wool. I spend a whole afternoon piecing it all back together again.
It really was so simple, and not so huge where it didn't drive me mad. It's a good scrap-busting project, and it adds a much-needed pop of color to my world of beige.
It's throw sized, so it's nice to curl up on the couch with it with a cuppa.
Since I had never crocheted a square before, a found this tutorial quite helpful:
It took me three or four watches and then I was motoring along like a pro.