The blanket that traveled to Europe and back

Pattern: Sunny Spread blanket by Ellen Gormley. This is a wonderful pattern, and works very well as an easy, portable project because it’s constructed from individual squares. I wish the pattern included the dimensions of an individual square, as well as an idea of how much yarn is used for the main portion of the blanket versus the border.

Yarn: Berroco Weekend in the 5921 (banana) colorway. A lovely, happy, unisex yellow ;). I used about 11 skeins for the main part of the blanket and a little less than 2 skeins for the border. The yarn crocheted very nicely and has a lovely drape. I had to wash the blanket by hand (because the washer was broken, again), but wouldn’t hesitate to machine-wash in the future. I’ll be sure to relay the care info to the recipient. I originally purchased 15 skeins from WEBS, so I even have enough left over for a little baby jacket :).

Crochet hook: Brittany Birch, size H (5.0 mm). I’m typically a metal hook/needle lover, as you know. I initially purchased this crochet hook because I was flying through Heathrow, and was warned against carrying any metal implements through security there. As it ends up, I really enjoyed using it, and have since purchased a few additional sizes!

Finished size: This blanket is composed of 7 squares x 9 squares, and each square is about 5.5″ along the side. The overall finished blanket is about 41″ x 55.5″. In my opinion, this is a very sizeable baby blanket, or a comfortable lap throw. Here it is on our queen-sized bed:

Other than the number of squares, I only made one modification to the pattern (and it was an inadvertent one, at that): I seamed the squares together using the backs of the loops only. I liked the way this outlined each individual square, though, so it’s a modification I’m happy to keep!


43 thoughts on “The blanket that traveled to Europe and back

  1. Bertha

    This is beautiful!! I was thinking if I made this I’d want to use more than one color as it would drive me crazy to crochet so many squares that look EXACTLY THE SAME, but I really LOVE this monochrome one so maaaaybe it would be worth the boredom!

  2. Mimi

    It’s gorgeous! What a lucky baby to get such a beautiful blanket. Your craftsmanship is truly great.

  3. Kenoshia

    Well done! It’s a very lovely blanket. I particularly love the color. I’m with you on preferring metal needles. I bought a set of Brittany needles for socks, and quickly snapped two. Never again! 😛

  4. Andrea

    Such a bright and happy blanket! I also seamed mine using back loops only because apparently I was in a crazy finishing frenzy and instead of reading the directions just went ahead and seamed like I thought should be done. What a lucky baby!

  5. Kathy

    It’s magnificent. Love the color, the pattern, the style, and bet it will be adored! All your work is so well done. Congrats on your exciting news, too!!

  6. Seanna Lea

    That is a beautiful blanket. I love how it looks lacy without being lacy (does that even make sense?!). I really should try a motif pattern, because I know how to crochet but I’m not very comfortable with it yet. Something repetitive would definitely make it easier for me to feel like I’m improving.

  7. maryse

    i like your seaming modification too. i may adopt it when it comes time to finish the sunny spread i’m working on.

    i love this color.

  8. Sara

    Beautiful job! I love how this turned out. Thanks for sharing your info on the yarn amounts and dimensions. I’ve got 11 skeins of Weekend in stash and your notes will help me figure out how far it will go.

  9. Dia

    I love this so much! This totally makes me want to learn to crochet! What a happy, sunny blanket!

  10. Su1282

    Wow, that’s really beautiful and I love how the golden color really emphasizes the texture of the crochet. I usually don’t like crochet the way I love knitting, but this one may make me a convert. Way to go! (lucky baby!)

  11. Gerry

    I’m impressed with the afghan.

    The unusual color is striking and the pattern most unusual from the granny squares seen so often.

    Love this afghan.



  12. Maryann

    Beautiful blanket! Now I need to make one. Did you sew or crochet the squares together? Whichever way, using back loop only looks great!

  13. ashpags

    Oh wow, it turned out fantastic! It’s tempting me to crochet again, which I haven’t done for awhile. I got some beautiful hooks for Christmas…hmm…

  14. lauren

    clever mod on the seaming! the squares are really nicely defined. and I definitely share your feelings about yarn requirement info with this pattern. since my border and the outer portion of each square was all in white I had no clue how much yarn to order.

  15. Ailsa

    I queued this a while back on ravelry and every now and again it crosses my mind to start one. Seeing this gorgeous finished one makes it cross my mind and stay there! Lucky baby and beautiful work.

  16. Lisa R

    After reading your initial post on the Sunny Spread Afghan, I decided to make one as well. It was my main project while I was studying abroad in Australia because, as you say, it is extremely portable. I love my afghan; it represents so many hours of (boring) class lecture or late nights watching movies and reminds me of my time Down Under.

  17. Sue Callahan

    I think seaming in the back loops was genius and made a huge difference and will be sure to do that for mine. That is really a lovely blanket. Congrats

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