Crocheting a sky blanket

A while ago, I saw on Laura's blog that she had knitted a sky blanket.  I love this idea.  It's so simple, you knit (or in my case, crochet) a square to represent the colour of the sky that day.  You sew the squares together, and there you have it, a blanket to represent a whole year.

I wasn't too keen on doing one which was mainly blue - it felt too cold, and I'm not sure I'd want that on a blanket which is going to end up on the bed.  Then I found this sky blanket and realised that was a great idea, adding yellow for sunny days, rather than just having blue to represent the sky.  The yellow just makes the blanket look warmer.  

Laura's sky blanket used two strands of DK yarn, so she was able to get a more accurate representation of the sky, combining white and blue, for example.  I don't want a blanket that thick, so I've gone for granny squares, four rounds per square, in just one colour per day.  Of all the crocheted items in our flat, I don't have any with granny squares, that most recognisable part of crochet as a craft.  So this blanket will be a perfect way of getting granny squares into the flat.  360 squares will form a blanket which is 18 x 20 and then the remaining five days will be the five rounds of the border.  I'm joining the squares as I go (I hate sewing things up) and they're being joined from corner to corner diagonally.

I'm using Stylecraft Special DK in White, Cloud Blue (pale blue), Aster (blue), Silver, Grey, Citron  (pale yellow) and Sunshine (bright yellow).  I'm basing the colour on the sky at noon each day, although usually I forget to look, so I have to guess what the sky was doing.  The white and grey colours imply different levels of cloudy, pale yellow is for wintry sun, bright yellow for summer sun and the different blues for, well, the different blues in the sky.  I am not being firm with these rules, I don't think this is going to be an exact replica of the sky!  Each day I make a note of what colour I'm going with and then writing it down so I can crochet them when I get the chance.

I had a lot of the colours already in my stash, and ordered a few more.  I've no idea how much of each colour I'll need, so I'll just buy more as and when.  There's usually an offer on Stylecraft available somewhere!

Here is my blanket so far, with 1st January in the top left hand corner:


I love it!  I think it's going to be a great way of recording the year.  Apparently, January isn't all gloomy, there have been some sunny days too!

This sky blanket is one of my 101 in 1001 goals, I like to feel I'm progressing with that particular challenge already!

Comments

  1. This is such a fantastic idea! I can't wait to see it grow!

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    1. Such a simple idea, but a great one! I want to crochet more squares now, getting impatient for the next day!

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  2. I love the unpredictably; I hope the middle of your blanket is a wonderful sea of yellow!

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  3. this is brilliant!! I cannot wait to see how this works up! I started a sky scarf last January (fallen horrifically behind though since October, need to spur myself to catch up and finish!) but I wish I had included yellow for sunny days, it looks nice but the amount of grey and blue is very samey :/ I think granny squares are such a perfect fast way of doing this, I really really can't wait to follow your progress over the next year! :) jenny xx

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    1. I was going to do a sky blanket last year but the blue and grey put me off slightly. Then I saw the yellow version and realised how clever that was! I'm sure your scarf is lovely, though, would love to see it! Frustrated with the sky today, it has been lovely and sunny all morning but in last few minutes (approaching noon) it has become cloudy. I might be flexible with today's colour!

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  4. I love the idea of a sky blanket! I can't wait to see your finished blanket :)

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    1. Thank you! I'll post photos every now and again to keep you updated!

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  5. Blues and greys are my favourite colours, so I always loved the look of the sky blankets I saw using just those shades, but the yellow is a great idea - it lifts the whole thing.

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    1. I like blues and greys too (and pinks and greys, and yellows and greys, now I think about it) but I think the yellows and blues and greys is the right combination for me...that's why I like this blanket, no hard rules really!

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  6. This is a lovely idea! The colours are such a lovely combination - if I made one it would end up being mostly grey :P

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    1. You think it would mostly be grey, but I think you'd be surprised! I hope you'd be surprised, anyway!

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  7. I like the colours you have chosen! They will work really well together and the whole blanket will be a great look back at the year. Good luck and happy crocheting!

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    1. Thank you! I'm really enjoying making it, pleased it's not all grey so far!

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  8. What a great idea! I love it. Looking forward to seeing it as it progresses and when it's done. Also, I didn't know you were doing 101 in 1,001! Is that new? (I know, I'm really rubbish!) I did one a few years ago so wiould live to hear how yours goes/is going.

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    1. I started 101 in 1,001 at the beginning of the year, not doing too badly so far! I love my sky blanket, today's square is going to be white.

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