Way back in March, I was introduced to Lucy’s Attic 24 blog and her Granny Stripe Blanket. The gorgeous Granny Stripe blanket is an amazing array of colour and at around £1.85 per 100g ball of yarn (Stylecraft Special Double Knit) I had to have a go!
Lucy’s Attic 24 Granny Stripe blanket uses 17 balls of yarn in the following shades: Pomegranate, Plum, Meadow, Fondant, Wisteria, Aspen, Saffron, Aster, Shrimp, Lipstick, Lavender, Spring Green, Magenta, Sherbert, Clematis, Turquoise, Cloud Blue. Due to Lucy’s Attic 24 fame some companies are also selling Attic 24 yarn packs which consist of a ball of each beautiful colour (it works out a bit cheaper to buy your yarn this way!).
Once my yarn arrive, it was time to play! Should I go for a rainbow stripe blanket?
Or more of a zingy feel with complementary stripes? You can see from the photo below which layout won!
Although Lucy uses her colours in a random order, I opted for a repeating pattern as after a day at work, it meant I only had to reach for the next ball rather than think about colours. To make sure I could remember the colour order, I made a note on each yarn label to indicate its position in the sequence.
As I began to work my Granny Stripe blanket I decided I needed another yellow stripe to break up the turquoise and cloud blue – the beauty of using this yarn is that its easy to find in the UK so getting hold of my 18th ball was no problem.
So, my final colour order was: Pomegranate, Plum, Meadow, Fondant, Wisteria, Aspen, Saffron, Aster, Shrimp, Lipstick, Lavender, Spring Green, Magenta, Sherbert, Clematis, Turquoise, Saffron (second stripe), Cloud Blue.
Before you start your blanket Lucy recommends making a small 21 chain sample – this is a top tip and it really helps you to understand the pattern and how it is formed.
It’s also best to start your fabulous blanket when you are feeling in a ‘counting’ mood as it’s all about getting the count of your first few rows right. By the time you are onto row 4, you will be well away! You’ll be hooking your UK treble (US double) clusters into the previous row spaces without thinking!
Lucy recommends using a 240 chain foundation stitch for a double bed size blanket – I found this to be about right – although I didn’t think my foundation chain was long enough when I started, as your blanket grows, the width (as well as length)seems to increases like magic! The way my blanket worked up, I was able to get 5 stripes (10 rows) out of each ball of yarn.
Here’s my blanket after my 4th colour,
And after my 7th colour change…
…….90 colour stripes and 7 months later…
……. it was time to work in my ends….
And Voila! My Attic 24 Granny Stripe Blanket was there!
Incase you’re wondering – this is what was left of my 18 balls of yarn.
To work my blanket border, I used 3 more balls of Stylecraft yarn. Again, I thank Lucy and her Attic 24 blog for my border inspiration! First I worked a UK treble (US double) cluster round in Plum. To make my corners flat, I worked *1 x UK treble cluster, 3 chain,1 x UK treble cluster* into the corner space.
…. this was followed by a round of UK Treble (US double) stitches in Clematis. To keep the corners smooth, I worked 3 UK trebles into each corner space.
…….and then it was second round of UK treble (US double) stitches in Lavender, followed by a round of UK double (US single) stitches in Plum….
…….and a final Picot style edge in Plum. The Picot style edge was worked into the back loops of the previous round to try and keep edge-curling to a minimum. The Picot pattern was formed by working 3 slip stitches (to move you yarn with no height across your blanket edge), then working 1 UK double (US single), 3 chain and a further UK double (US single) all into the next stitch to create your Picot shape – please see Lucy’s blog for the full “official” version!
Voila! One finished Granny Stripe Blanket with its border!
This is absolutely beutiful. Thank you for sharing to fellow hookers!!
Thanks for sharing. Cant wait to try an granny stripe as an baby blanket!
That would be fabulous, I made my friend a granny striped square blanket, her son carries it everywhere with him. x
Hi love this blanket. May I ask if you crochet your granny’s do you make a chain 1 space between the 3 clusters?
It is a beautiful blanket to make. I made it quite a while ago, but from what I remember I didn’t crochet single ones in between the triples.
I’m thinking about making this blanket – were the 17 balls of yarn enough? And what kind of measurements did you end up with? 🙂
The 17 balls were enough for the main body of the blanket – I did buy a little extra for the border. I’ve been using my blanket for a few years so it may of stretched. It currently measures 190cm x 220cm and is made in double knit yarn.
I’m thinking about making the blanket – were the 17 balls of yarn enough for the whole blanket, and which measurements did yours end up having? 🙂
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Fab! I was trying to find a border that I liked for the granny stripe blanket I’m making! Thank you! x
Your welcome. X
Hi, love this blanket. What size hook did you use? 🙂
I think it was a 4.5mm
Blankets lovely , are you using 4ply or DK wool . I would like to make a babette
I’m using DK wool. X
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Wow! Your blanket is fantastic. Well done you. I also love statecraft special, it is a fantastic value yarn. Well don again.
Thank you. I’ve just started an ‘ever increasing’ granny square version too! So therapeutic. X
This is amazing. I’ve already have the yarn, just can’t wait to start this projekt. Could you tell me how and where did you wave the yarn ends? I would be happy if you could answer me. Thanks. And congratulations!
After I finished the main part of the blanket I wove the end back in with a darning needle to secure them. I then did the border afterwards. Good Luck with your blanket, I’m sure it will turn out great.
Thank you for your answer!
Your blanket is fantastic. After making a giant (double bed sized) granny square blanket as my first ever attempt, I moved on to two ripple blankets; one single and one double and have very much enjoyed making those.
The granny stripe blanket is on my to do list along with another pattern which I saw online recently where the end result looks like this …
Baby blanket from http://winkieflash.nl/2013/01/21/the-baby-groovy-ghan-tadah/
Can I ask what the overall dimensions of your finished blanket using the 18 balls of wool turned out to be?
Hi Natalie, I love your blanket. What a fabulous pattern.
I have measured my granny stripe blanket for you – I used 18 balls of stylecraft (I was after an extra yellow stripe) for mine and it’s 210cm x 230cm. It was really therapeutic to make as I could just crochet my trebles without thinking!
That’s a really good size! I think I might begin on that next. I sort of have an Attic 24 pack in that there’s a suitcase under the bed with one ball of every stylecraft colour there is inside it. I dip into this to begin a project and replace and purchase as I go!
Although Spring is round the corner, I am hedging for three tonal greys and maybe a bit of a pale blue at each end in something like the sherbet colour as a small change running through it.
Know what you mean about trebles; I feel that way about my ripples!
Your Rose Blanket is gorgeous. Absolutely love it. Thanks for sharing. x
Fabulous! I know what I will be asking for my birthday – a whole load of beautiful wool! Thank you for sharing!
Your welcome. Hope you have a fabulous birthday too! X
That is so fun! Multicoloured blankets/afghans are so cheerful….
Thank you. It was great fun to make. X
Your pics are definitely tempting me to crochet one!
Thank you. x
ooh those colours are so uplifting…the finished blanket is gorgeous!!
There is nothing as beautiful as a Lucy blanket. I love her work and your version is just gorgeous. I am in Australia . Do you know of any shops who sell the Lucy Package of wool online ?
Totally agree. Lucy’s Attic 24 is amazing. I’ve had a quick trawl of the web and come up with the following sites that sell the ‘Lucy Pack’
Hope one of them can help you. x
Thanks so much for that info. I greatly appreciate the time and effort you put into getting it. Warm regards Linny
You’re welcome. x
I ordered my Lucy Pack from country crafts. Told my husband it can be my Xmas present from him. LOL.
Can’t wait to handle all those beautiful colours, though the rug will have to be a project for next year.
That’s great news – you’ll love making it. Lucy’s pattern’s are amazing.
YES!!!! GREAT colors!
Beautiful…love the colors.
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Is this the blanket shown in the corner of your title picture? I recognised the colour pattern.
Well spotted – I started the blanket just before I started blogging and loved the colours so much that I had to try and get a pic in my header!
It is truly beautiful. When I am shivering in the middle of Winter, I will be thinking of you ” I wish I had made that blanket like she did!”
This is amazing. I love it but it is a huge amount of work. Well done. 🙂
Thank you. x
Fantastic. I’m using a “Lucy pack” for my patchy, Babette style blanket too.
Would love to see a photo of your Babette when you have finished. x
There are photos of ongoing progress on my blog. Feel free to have a look
I will definitely post about it when it is finished but its not quite there yet.
Your blanket is fabulous. I might have to start another one now. x
I love the colours. What a great idea!
Fantastic! Thanks for sharing!
My pleasure. x
Great effort! It looks wonderful. Great tip about stores selling these packs of yarn.
Very pretty! I just got the same pack of yarn and am deciding whether to do this pattern or not. I was wondering if the pack would finish a blanket that size – thanks for showing us how much you had left! You did a great job!
Thank you – good luck with yours. x