Whenever I see a blog post with an afghan or quilt, I always get a little wistful. Handmade blankets are so cozy, and I want them all, but for the longest time I couldn’t imagine making my own. I’d see my mom spend months crocheting a blanket, and I’d remind her how much I love and use the one she made me in the hopes that she’d make me a second one.


Blankets seemed like they would take forever, but then I noticed the rate with which one of my friends in my knitting group whipped up a bulky knit blanket. It was cushy and springy, and most importantly, it didn’t take forever to make. Making my own blanket started to seem like something I might have enough patience to do so I picked up some Cascade 128 at my yarn store’s sale, and picked up a hook.


I’ve been thinking of it as my I’m-burnt-out blanket. I’ve been working on it when I’m too fried to want to do anything other than crochet around and around. I went with a simple giant granny square shape because it doesn’t require seaming or too much of my attention. It’s just squishy and cheerful!


  • I’m still working on my marriage afghan, however I made it HUGE but it’s still the perfect burnt out project. I love working on lap blankets during the fall so they keep your lap slightly warm!

  • And that’s why I’m making the Bee Keeper’s Quilt. When I just want to knit but not really do anything, I make a few puffs. It’s coming along nicely and is a great travel project. I find that my socks end up dropping too many stitches for me to safely bring around with me.

  • Love your color choices. I’m making a granny square afghan for my mom right now. I’ve really been slacking and need to get back to work. Enjoy the weekend.


  • So cute. I started the one I saw on the Purl Bee site about 2 years ago and still haven’t finished. I can’t wait to see the finished blanket.

  • Gorgeous! I have been meaning to make a crochet blanket for years! But, I have a knit one in progress that I have been working on since 2007. Go figure.

  • Giant, handmade blankets are awesome. I probably knit one of them a year so I know though I haven’t crocheted any yet. Have fun making yours!

  • Those colors are great together. I want / need a new bedspread but have waiting to knit one. Maybe a bulky knit or crochet is my answer to not wanting to take too much time on one project.

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