Yes, indeed, this blanket is finally (finally!) done, as of yesterday. I started this blanket back in June, but never finished it because I ran out of yarn and couldn't find these same colors at any craft store. (I hadn't intended to make a blanket with this yarn when I first purchased it, so I didn't bother to keep the paper with the name/color on it for reference. Lesson learned!) I had the blanket almost completely finished when I ran out of yarn, so I left the poor thing tucked under a table in my crafting nook for months. I knew I could easily just take out a row or two and finish the edging with the yarn I had left, but the very idea of it bothered me.
(Have we established that I am a recovering perfectionist? Okay, good.)
When I finally brought the blanket back out and finished it, it was so satisfying. It's not perfect, and it's much smaller than I had intended, but I crocheted a blanket. I mean, honestly? I'm proud. And I love this little blanket. As I was telling some friends yesterday, I've been learning a lot lately about how some things are better done imperfectly than not at all. And this project is the perfect representation of that lesson.
For reference, there's a really great tutorial on how to make a granny square blanket here. (If you can master the double crochet, this blanket will be a piece of cake!) I can't seem to find the tutorial I used to learn how to do the scalloped edging, but you can easily find one on Pinterest, if you do a quick search. The edging on my blanket turned out a little puffy (I did 5dc for each scallop)—but I think for this smaller blanket, the scallops turned out fine.
Eisley was excited that I finally finished her blanket. (Clearly, she has chosen to wear it as a cape instead of a lap blanket, but I guess that's okay with me.) Now that I finally finished my first blanket, I'm eager to start another one! All things considered, this blanket used up less than 3 skeins of yarn and ended up being the perfect size for a child's lap blanket, or a full-size blanket for a newborn.
Time to head to Michael's. (Who wants to join me?)
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