Have you ever crocheted something and had a very hard time giving it up? That happens to me every time I make a snuggle blanket. A few years ago I started making snuggle blankets (and consequently designing a free crochet blanket pattern!) for anyone who invited to me to their wedding, as a gift. I just think it’s such a lovely idea for a present – a handmade with love blanket for couch snuggling. This is the third one I’ve made and they’ve all been so loved. I can tell because they always pop up in the background on Facebook pictures.
My blue ripple blanket usually has a cheeky little dachshund called Suzy K sitting on it. And my orange granny stripe serves as the throne to the magnificent cat Zelda. This blanket will most likely end up with Millie (a little rescue dog) as its model. Love it.
They take a long time to make, usually a few months and by that time I’m super attached. I love giving them away but it’s easy to give away a shawl or a beanie that you didn’t spend the better half of the year hooking. With my blankets it’s like giving away a little piece of me. Where I’ve been, what was I doing. I have memories of the chunk of my life I spent working on each blanket and they get passed on too.
I originally started this blanket because I wanted to try out a colour combo with this stitch for a free crochet blanket pattern and I used my left over yarn from the last few blankets I made. It turns out the colours all work together perfectly (I love deep and slightly muted brights). Introducing the Scraptical Magic Free Crochet Blanket Pattern. One of my Crochettes @crochetandcaffeine came up with the name. Isn’t she clever? It’s like – poof! It makes your scrap stash disappear. Scraptical Magic.
This blanket is an absolute pleasure to make. It’s a serious no brainer which is what I love. Some people don’t love big projects but I’ve almost always got one on the go. It’s the project I turn to when I’m taking a break from my other crochet projects. Most of my mates and family are married now and I’m not currently invited to a wedding so there’s no snuggle blanket on the go but I’m making baby blankets like a fiend. I have six pregnant friends at the moment and I’m designing baby blankets for each of them which is super fun. I can usually knock out a baby blanket in a weekend or two so they’re great projects that give hours of lovely crochet therapy but they aren’t huge commitments like snuggle blankets where I’m still working on them 3 months later.
I used of mix of wool and acrylic blends for this blanket but always a fibre blend or 100% wool. Never 100% acrylic because I wanted wool to be present in each yarn so it all behaved well together.
Because it’s a scrap-gan I can’t be sure exactly of quantities because I used scraps but these are a few of the yarn brands I used for this blanket.
I also used random 8 ply, DK yarn or worsted weight yarns. It gives it an interesting texture and a lot of gorgeous drape.
If you’re keen to bust your own stash you can get the free pattern here. Just sign up and it will be delivered to your inbox.
If you make Scraptical Magic do let me know! The hashtag is #scrapticalmagic. I’d love to see what other people come up with because they’ll all be totally different.
Have you ever made a scrap-gan before? I’d love to see a photo!