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Alison only uses three colors, and they're light grey, medium grey, and dark grey?


Right when the new colors of Palette were about to come out, I got the color bug and wanted to knit a blanket. I was originally going to knit a 10 Stitch Twist Blanket with Tina, in these-are-totally-not-Alison-colors, but I had a few false starts and didn't really get into it. So sad!

Aside from being a departure from my usual favorite colors, I also left the realm of knitting! The Purl Bee blog had a beautiful crocheted granny square blanket up a while back, and something about it just got to me. I liked that it was one enormous granny square, I liked the modern colors, and I liked the idea of branching out into an easy first crochet pattern.

The center is the hardest part, but once you're finished it's smooth sailing. It's nothing but little double crochet nubbins all the way around, and then you make two nubbins into the corner each round in order to increase evenly. I found a nice tutorial on how to start your granny square right here.

I love how the Palette ended up after blocking - it got softer after a wool wash bath, and the finished fabric drapes nicely. I used a non-superwash wool because, in my house, blankets are treated relatively gently. You could easily substitute a superwash or cotton yarn, though, if you wanted to be able to run it through the washing machine. It'd also be a great stash-busting pattern, since you have total control over how many rounds you do in each color.

Pattern: Granny Square Blanket (Ravelry link)
Crochet hook: 3.75mm (F)
Yarn: Palette, 5 skeins of Bittersweet Heather for the contrast, and then slightly more than a skein each of Pimiento, Serrano, Sweet Potato, Semolina, Green Tea, Edamame, Clover, Forest Heather, Tidepool Heather, Marine Heather, and Calypso Heather. I was able to make a blanket that was a whopping 90" square.

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Comment by mysterJay on November 13, 2009 at 9:39pm
Wonderful colors.
Comment by NoKnitSherlock on November 9, 2009 at 8:32am
L O V E ~

Allison has posted another fantastic project = Susan adding it to her queue. ;)
Comment by Peggy Stuart on November 8, 2009 at 5:35pm
Comment by Marianne on November 6, 2009 at 9:37am
Excellent placement of all those colors. Hooray for crochet! Let's see more of it on this website.
Comment by Carrie Armbrecht on November 6, 2009 at 9:03am
I am not partial to crochet, but this blanket is lovely. Reminds me of one my nana had for years and then gave to me. Except the colors work much better on yours. I may just find myself trying this one. Thanks for sharing.
Comment by Kelley Petkun on November 6, 2009 at 5:05am
This blanket is absolutely delightful in person. Particularly since Alison brought it into the office on a cold, rainy day! I think everyone wanted to take it to their desks and wrap up in it! I gathered up a bunch of Suri Dream and I have a throw in mind that I cast on last night!
Comment by cellogirl on November 6, 2009 at 3:55am
Lovely colorful grey afghan!! Grannies are classic and this variation is a beauty!! Those last few rows are a long way around!!
Comment by Luv2Knit on November 5, 2009 at 6:46pm
Beautiful! I love to crochet, too.
Comment by Marta on November 5, 2009 at 6:11pm
Really gorgeous Alison, and I know you don't do everything in grey! You did a terrific piece in blackberry? from the lingerie style(?).... My brain is mush. I still remember the photos of that piece and have had it on my list for my daughter ever since. This is one terrific Granny Square!
Comment by Alison on November 5, 2009 at 3:14pm
Nope, single stranded Palette for this one! The fabric is nice and squishy, though.

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