This blanket is super colourful and snazzy right? It’s such a good beginner’s project (and even though I am not a beginner, I loved making this too!) It’s fast to make and best of all it’s got a cute twist. Let me tell you more…
How To Make An Age Before Beauty Blanket
You will need:
+ Balls of yarn (I used a mixture of acrylic yarns and pure wool, because that’s what I had on hand).
+ A 4.5mm crochet hook – don’t go too fine, this is a speedy project and we don’t want you to be fiddling about too much
+ Scissors and a yarn needle with a big eye to sew it together at the end
Stitches you need to know:
Chain Stitch and Treble Stitch (I use AUSTRALIAN crochet terms not US terms so make sure you are trebling like an Australian! Australian TREBLE stitch is the same as American DC)
(These videos show you how to get started with crochet, if you haven’t tried yet).
How to make it:
We’re going to make several long strips (like scarves) and sew them together at the end to make our blanket!
Let’s make the first strip…
Chain the same number of stitches as YOUR AGE. If you are 25, chain 25. If you are 40, chain 40.
Now chain an EXTRA 3 stitches (so you’ll have your age PLUS 3 chains!)
Skip the first two chain stitches closest to the hook and treble once into the next (third from hook) chain stitch.
Treble once into every chain stitch until you’ve got a full row (be sure to treble into the very last stitch, won’t you?!)
*Chain ‘up’ three (this counts as the first treble in the next row). Turn your work around so the other side is facing you.
Treble once into every stitch in the row below.*
Repeat until you have as many rows as you like and have a nice square or rectangle then fasten off.
Change your yarn colour (I just tie on a new colour and start crocheting!)
Treble once into each stitch in the row below once more, adding rows until it looks nice to you.
How long should you make each strip?
It should reach from your chin to your toes for extra cosiness! Lie the strip on top of you to see.
How many strips will I need?
+ If you stretch your arms out wide – that will give you the ideal blanket width for you!
+ The number of strips will depend on your age, too! You might have SIX strips… or SEVEN… or just THREE!
Why is this such a cute idea?
Because it really is! Everyone will be using the same instructions with different results which are special to them!
What should I do when I’ve got enough strips finished?
Make sure they are all the same length. Then use the yarn needle to sew them together neatly with small stitches (don’t pull your stitches too tight though! Your seams will pucker!)
Give yourself a big YAY!
+ Sew the strips together by placing them ‘best or right’ sides together and neatly stitching the edge. I used yarn that matched – changing colours as I went along. This keeps your stitched edges neater.
+ Make sure all your stitching together is done on one side of the blanket – the other side can be the SUPER neat side!
+ Weave your yarn ends in by threading them onto your yarn needle and weaving under and over into the same coloured part of your blanket a few times. Then snip them close to your work and they will disappear.
+ When you change colour – leave a nice long tail (about 20cm) so you can easily weave it in later – or just crochet over it.
I used odds and ends that I had lying around so it’s hard to remember the exact details of what is what, but here goes! (I know people HATE acrylic, but I love the colours and the softness of acrylic yarns!)
+ Neon yellow from Spotlight – can’t remember the brand but they have neon pink too! (acrylic)
+ Pale pink, gold and blue are from Spotlight – just their cheap-ish $3 DK type yarn (acrylic – super soft!)
+ White is from Lincraft – $3 a ball DK yarn (acrylic – super soft!)
+ Magenta-ish colour, lavender and turquoise from a $2 shop at Northland (great colours – acrylic)
+ Paler turquoise and coral pink from Bendigo Woollen Mills (wool)
Let me know if you make one of these this year, okay? I would love to see! I made this between Christmas and today, and did little bit by little bit. It didn’t take long at all. I am sure you would like to try too?!
Hope you are having nice, crafty times!