Way, way back in February, 2015 Sandra posted on her blog, Cherry Heart, about a new blanket pattern she was working on, The Weekender Blanket. I was so drawn to it and determined I would make one for myself. And what a great way to use up stash! Who doesn’t have a boatload of stash?
With a name like Weekender Blanket it sounded like it would be a quick project. NOT! Especially when you get side-tracked, which is definitely my modus operandi. I can’t say for sure exactly when I began the project but I downloaded the pattern in March 2015 and began working on it shortly thereafter. It took until this January 2017 to finish it …
Almost 2 years.
But I finished it!
It’s not that the project was so massive that it took that long to complete. No. Just me, getting side-tracked, putting it aside when something else looked especially appealing at the moment.
I think I have ADD.
Sandra’s pattern is easy to follow and well written. I did change it up though, which is very common for me. Instead of solid hexagons I decided to make the third round of every square the same ivory color. I was kind of looking for a polka-dot theme.
All of the yarn used in this blanket was yarn I had on hand, except for the ivory. For that I had to buy additional skeins. If memory serves me correctly I purchased 3 skeins of Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn, and even had some left over…more stash for another project.
To make the blanket I began by crocheting 2 rounds of each hexagon. I would grab a color and go for it. I had stacks of mini 2 round hexagons.
In fact I have some left over. I might just make a pillow to match the blanket.
The names and brands of yarn I used are many. Most of it was acrylic but some was a washable acrylic/wool blend. All of it was worsted weight and I used a size H (5.0 mm) hook.
The hexagons were joined at the corners only, using the join-as-you-go method.
I love the look of the four round border but I must confess I had some problems. I was on round four and there were places where it just wasn’t looking right. I made silly mistakes in previous rounds and had to pull it out and begin again. That was pretty discouraging.
I gave myself several days before I picked it up again and redid the border.
Notice the half hexagons on the straight side! I really like the look of them. Sandra’s pattern also has directions for a filler for the pointy sides if you want it straight on all four sides. I never considered that option since I love the look of the points.
So the final stats on the blanket are as follows:
346 full hexagons
22 half hexagons
measures approximately 62 inches (157 cm) by 68 inches (173 cm).
Two of my daughters have very graciously offered to give it a home. Aren’t they considerate? But I’m nowhere near ready to part with it. It sits on the couch/futon in the guest room, and often when I walk by I stop for a bit and admire it. I will sometimes read in that room, and when I do I wrap myself up in it. It’s soft and warm and I’m so glad I finished it, even if it did take almost 2 years.
Thanks Sandra, for your lovely pattern!