I’ve been home a lot more than usual, something many can relate to at the moment. To keep from being overwhelmed I’ve been knitting and crocheting. A lot. It keeps me calm and [mostly] sane.
I’ve made 5 blankets in the past week. Yup. 5. (You can see my kitty Kaya sleeping on a pile above.) They’re mostly lapghan size (approx. 40×45″), but still, that’s a whole lotta blanket. Why? Well, it’s keeping me busy and focused on good things to come. At the end of this year (December 2020) I’ll be getting married. We had to postpone from our original date because this year got turned upside down a couple different ways for us.
The wedding ceremony will be outdoors (under a heated tent), but I want to make it as comfortable as possible for our guests. I started looking at suggestions for Winter weddings. My favorite was blanket favors sporting tags that read, “to have and to hold in case you get cold.” I fell in love. But what’s better than store-bought fleece blankets? How about handmade ones?! And so my crazy idea began to form. I was going to make one blanket per household attending the wedding. So now I have a goal of 80 lapghans by the beginning of December.
A couple of the ones I’ve made were in unidentified yarn in my stash, but I’ve finished 3 so far using Lion Brand Yarns.
For this blanket I let the yarn do all the work. I used 6 cakes of Stitchbird (3 of Sparrow and 3 of Seagull) and size 13 knitting needles. I worked through an entire cake of one color and then used a cake of the next and kept going back and forth between cakes of each color.
I began the blanket by casting on 5 stitches and knitting 2 rows. After this setup I worked increases as follows:
RS Rows: k1, k1fb (knit 1 front and back), knit to last 2 sts, k1fb, k1
WS Rows: k2, purl to last 2 sts, k2
I worked these 2 rows until I’d worked through 3 entire cakes of yarn. Then came the decrease section:
RS Rows: k1, ssk (slip, slip, knit), knit to last 3 sts, k2tog (knit 2 together), k1
WS Rows: k2, purl to last 2 stitch, k2
Continue these 2 rows until you have 5 stitches remaining. Then knit 2 rows even and bind off all sts.
This is the Adyson Afghan. The pattern actually calls for Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® Bonus Bundle® yarn, but I didn’t have that in my stash, so I made do with what I did have enough of. I substituted LBC Mako Cotton in white and grey and held this doubled (one strand of each color together). I had 6 of each (12 total) and just worked until the yarn ran out.
I loved crocheting this one and will probably make another. It’s the Tinton Afghan in Color Made Easy yarn (I used Shade). The pattern calls for 5 skeins, but I cut off a repeat and used only 4 skeins since I don’t want giant blankets for this.
So there we have it. Will I finish in time? I don’t know, but I’m having fun trying! And it’s certainly keeping me occupied. If you have a pattern recommendation let me know!
Stay safe. Stay positive. Keep stitching. We’re all in this together. “See you” soon!
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Love the pattern you used for Mali cotton blanket….can you share the pattern?
It’s the Adyson Afghan, but since I was using worsted weight yarn I held it double: http://www.lionbrand.com/adyson-afghan-l70126.html
I haven’t knitted in a long time. I have not heard of a “cake’s of yarn. Is that the same as a skein????
A “cake” is just a different way for the yarn to be wound, so instead of the skein shape its a cylinder. Lion Brand has a few wound this way. Like this: http://www.lionbrand.com/yarn/mandala-roving-yarn.html
I love this idea!
Wow, I knew I was slow….but after reading your post,, I feel EXCEEDINGLY slow!!!! LOVELY idea!!!!!
Wow! What an ambitious project and so generous! My daughter is getting married in a year and I wouldn’t undertake that many lapghans. Good for you!
Looking forward to making one one day
I am in love with the which way blanket. After a few row you don’t have to think about it it is simple but looks complicated.
I love this idea! I make throws to donate every year and get about 20-30 done in a year. I use size #6 yarn and a P size hook, with a simple pattern that I adapted from one I found years ago.
I chain 71, and do the sc, skip a chain, chain 1, sc in next stitch. Basically a sc, chain 1 pattern working the next row sc in the chain space. The end ones are sc by sc with no chain or skip in order to come out right. I can get one done in an afternoon, or during a couple of movies (on dvd). I have done so many that way I can almost do it by touch without looking every stitch. They come out soft and fluffy.
One of the yarns used is Homespun Thick and Quick. Since I donate these they have to be super easy care, wash and dry in the machine.
Congrats on your upcoming wedding!
Thank you so much for your great ideas! You are so kind to share your beautiful work! So many good wishes to you as you plan your wedding! Take good care!
Thank you! 🙂
First I want to Congratulate you! Getting Married is a Special thing. I have been married now for almost 21 years. I love your idea about making lapgans for your guests. I truly wish I could knit….. I wish you and the groom to be the best and a long and happy life together!
Thank you so much! 🙂 I’m excited and enjoying the process of making all the blankets.
Thank you so much!
I love, love, love this post! What gorgeous blankets, all of them. My mouth just watesr. I can’t afford a lot of yarn now that we’re retired and I used up all my stash making a Psychedlic Squares blanket. I do have a lot baby yarn in pastel colors though, and I’m uninspired. what about some ideas for that? Thank you so much!
Hmmm…. have you looked through the kits section on LionBrand.com? Some of our bloggers do great blankets. If you find one you like in there you can then go to their website. Most of the kit patterns are available on the designer’s own website without the yarn.
All gorgeous,! And your kitty is a beauty. What a wonderful gift for your guests, no doubt yours will be their all-time favorite wedding they have attended. May you two live happily ever afterâ¤ï¸
Thank you so much! 🙂
Love your Stitchbird throw so much I am thinking of making one for a new baby due this summer. I love the colorways you chose and that Lion Brand offers. Also love the Trinton afghan and especially your cat! It looks so much like my 17-year-old Kelly that had to leave us last year. I miss her every day! Thanks for such great ideas. I really appreciate them!
Awww… I’m sorry 🙁 Our pets truly do become part of our families.
The sideways blankets are so much fun! And I definitely recommend Stitchbird. It knits up easily.
What a great wedding favor. Love your idea. Good luck and congratulations on your upcoming wedding.
Thank you so much! 🙂
This is such a thoughtful and special gift for your guests! I will enjoy following your journey! Many blessings to you! Dawn
Will there be a series on knit lapghans? I don;t know how to crochet
What a lovely idea . I too love knitting and crocheting . Wishing you the very best in December.
Thank you! 🙂
What size needles for the stitch bird blanket
Are the circular needles ??? What size ..
Size 13! And yes, I used circular. I think a 32″ cord.
Dorothy L Sauter
I am totally impressed That is an amazing idea
Thank you 🙂
Try the Hunterdon blanket! Or the sweet granny blanket by Toni Lipsey. I finished that one recently for my mom and it was a huge hit with everyone who saw it. I did mine a little differently but it might be a good one too.
Congrats on the wedding!
Thank you! And thanks for the pattern recommendations 🙂
Yes! TL Yarn Crafts! I love that blanket.
Loved your commitment to blanket memory gifts for your wedding guests. Prayers for you all. God bless you. My husband and I will celebrate 56 years of marriage tomorrow. I am doing the KAL with Arne and Carlos. L a
Thank you! Happy anniversary to you and your husband 🙂
Congratulations and wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness with your chosen one. Such a thoughtful wedding favor, a lapghan. I am positive you will have a beautiful wedding . Matie
Thank you so much! 🙂
Love StitchBird design and I love your idea! Congratulations on your wedding.
Thank you! 🙂
Beautiful little blankets. Now, I wish I was coming to your wedding. Best wishes to you both!
🙂 Thank you!
Mary Beth Hayet
I just love this idea.What a lovely memento it will be for each family, and it will add even more joy to your wedding day. I am following you on Instagram now so I can follow your progress with all of these. Wishing you all the best through these days and the happier ,and healthier, days to eventually arrive.
Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials.
I really like this idea. Personal and practical. Those are the best keepsakes from an event.
Do you think it would work with circular-shaped ones? Have you thought of doing some?
I hadn’t thought about circular ones. I’m personally not a big fan of working in expanding circles. Just personal preference. But I don’t see why it couldn’t work. If I get bored of going back and forth I’ll have to remember to give it a try. 🙂
This is one of the coolest stories I’ve ever read! Wow!! I’m so impressed, and your guests will be even more! Best wishes with your afghans and with your wedding. What a special person you must be. Thanks for sharing.
Awww…. Thank you so much for the compliments! 🙂
WOW!!! Talk about a big task for the year…I like these crochet/knit ideas… but 80?! I, too, knit and crochet. These days its knitting log cabin lap throws with stash yarns. I just made a baby blanket with some chunky yarns (another yarn brand) and it turned out so lovely that I decided to make another. I will let the yarn run out and decide if it needs more, I will use some solid colors to frame it out.
Congrats on your upcoming wedding, your guests will love the blankets… and each one being different, what a great gift… my husband and I will be celebrating our 30th anniversary this September.
Good luck, look forward to seeing more of your quest.