As winter sets in here in Canada, I’m bringing out all the warm layers and blankets to help with the chill. After a day of tobogganing and playing in the snow, we love to make a cup of hot chocolate, turn on the electric fireplace, and snuggle up under a soft blanket. Is there any better feeling than getting cozy underneath an ultra plush, weighted blanket after a long day?
This blanket is the perfect Netflix and Chill or Stitchflix project. The jumbo (7) weight yarn works up very quickly. I was able to finish the whole blanket while watching a few episodes of The Crown. While I’m told I stitch fairly fast, I believe most could get this done in a day. This also makes it a great last minute gift for any of your loved ones!
For this project I used Loops & Thread Cozy Comfort yarn. It’s incredibly soft and works up lightening fast as a jumbo weight yarn. My only complaint with the yarn is that there were breaks/joins in the skeins. The skeins themselves are only 21 yards, so it seems like there could be better quality control. That being said, the joins were strong and because the yarn is plush, they are easily hidden.
A follower also suggested sewing the ends together which I thought was very smart. Because the yardage per skein is short, if you sew the ends together, you could eliminate the wastage by having to tie and weave your ends. You would also only have to weave you cut off tail! If you are a multi-crafter that seems like a great solution. I personally do not have ANY sewing skills. Maybe one day!
Advanced Beginner / Intermediate. This plush yarn can be a little tricky to see where your stitches are It can also get a little tiring for your arms if you do it all in one sitting. Make sure to give yourself breaks if you need it!
- 213 yards ( 7 ) Jumbo Yarn. I used 10 skeins of Loops & Threads Cozy Comfort (21.3yds / 10.5 oz – 19.5m / 300g) in color ‘Elderberry’.
- 25mm Crochet Hook
- Something to use as stitch markers. Because this yarn is quite large, regular stitch markers did not work. I used some of my daughters stretchy fidget toys that I could tie around the stitch but piece of scrap yarn or some paper would work also.
5.5 stitches x 4 rows = 8″ square in SC
36 x 52 inches. This makes a child size / lap blanket. If you want a larger blanket, you can add additional chains and rows to make it larger. Remember that you will also be increasing the yardage needed!
Abbreviations / Stitches Used *US Standard*
- CH – Chain
- SC – Single Crochet
- SLST – Slip Stitch
- ST(S) – Stitch(es)
- RS – Right side
- WS – Wrong side
- CH1 does not count as a stitch.
- Turn your work at the end of each row and then CH1.
- Try to keep all your yarn tails on the wrong side of your work.
Row 1: (RS) CH23, SC in 2nd CH from hook. SC in each ST. ( 22 ) Turn your work.
** When making your stitches, be sure to pull the yarn up to reach the height of the hook
Row 2 – 26: CH1, SC in each ST. At the end of row 26, do not turn your work, do not cut your yarn. We will make a SC border to make the edges look nice. At this point the blanket was quite heavy, so I put my work on the floor and sat on top of my project to do the border.
CH1, we will now work down the left side. Place 1SC in the same ST as last, 1SC in each row until you reach the bottom corner. SC, CH1, SC in corner ST. Repeat around until you reach your starting point. CH1, SLST to 1st ST. Tie off. I used my fingers to weave the ends.
All done! Ready to give as a gift or enjoy for yourself!
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Happy Stitching! xoxo Jade