I must confess, I’m falling in love with this blanket! After completing clue three, it is now big enough to completely cover me while I’m working on it. There’s nothing better than a project that serves its purpose before it’s even finished!
Look how cozy it looks in this photo. Bernat Blanket yarn is unique in my opinion. It looks like it would be very heavy and thus, too hot to snuggle under. What I’ve found is that its surprisingly lightweight, keeping my warm but not burning up. We only have one clue remaining and this beauty can become a permanent fixture in my home!
Clue #4 will be released tomorrow, October 24, 2016. If they follow the same trend, we can expect it first thing in the morning. Here are my thoughts on clue #3.
Interesting Shape Transformation
If you’ve been following along with this SAL, no doubt you’ve noticed the unique shape changes from one clue to the next. This is one of my favorite parts about this project. It is incredible experience for those who are newer to crochet and just beginning to explore the possibilities of shaping.
In clue #3 we transformed our squares into a rectangle. We did so by adding a section to the top and the bottom and following up with a few rounds. I love it!
If I had to guess, I’d say that our finished project will remain a rectangle but who knows!
Bernat Blanket Puff Stitches!
Bulky yarn is often worked up in simple stitches such as the double crochet or single crochet. This cuts back on the already thick fabric it creates. I love when patterns challenge this norm! In clue #3, we introduced some puff stitches to our design. I would have never guessed how amazing it would look!
I’ve definitely learned a valuable lesson here: special stitches look just as amazing with bulky yarn.
As you can see here, we finally incorporated our fourth color! I really love how the pale gray works with my other colors. It adds a nice subtle contrast that highlights the main focal point of the pattern. I wonder which color we will use next?
One of the greatest things about a stitch along is seeing how different each project is as a result of different color choices. I’ve had a lot of fun looking through #handmadewithjoann to see everyone’s progress. I’ve also been admiring those who are working the knit version. I’d love to try it someday!
The pattern itself was pretty straight forward this time. As I mentioned before, we began clue #3 by adding a section to the top and the bottom. This was accomplished by working in rows, in contrast to how the rest of the blanket has been worked. It was nice to have a little variation.
In order to finish the transformation from square to rectangle, we used rounds once more to finish up the sides. Perhaps the most challenging part of the pattern in clue #3 was the first round, when we had to add a certain number of stitches in the sides of the top and bottom additions. Without little V’s to work into, I can see how this could cause problems for some people.
I had to play around with my stitch placement here to get the best looking result. I’m pretty please with how it turned out!
I’m so excited to have my stitch along blanket nearly complete. However, I’m a little sad that tomorrow marks the last week in the stitch along. It has been so much fun participating and blogging about this event!
- Clue #3 : 5 rows, 5 rounds
- Used color C and D
- Measures approximately 37″ x 47″
- Used 1.5 skeins of color C and a few yards of color D
Here’s a shot of my yarn usage so far. Keep in mind one entire skein of color C was also used and is not shown in the picture.
My biggest concern at this point is the drastic difference in size from the pattern to my blanket. At this stage, the pattern suggests that our blankets should measure 54″ x 72″.
I’m experiencing a 17″ x 25″ difference.
I am known to crochet tightly and thus am contributing the difference to this. The stitches in the demo afghan in the pattern looks to have very loose stitches. This is a very important lesson in gauge.
Crochet style also contributes to a difference in stitches from one person to another.
I’m not too worried about it. My blanket still fits nicely over my lap!
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IF YOU WANT TO JOIN THE BERNAT BLANKET MYSTERY STITCH ALONG, IT’S NOT TOO LATE!
- Purchase 7 skeins of Bernat Blanket Yarn, 2 for color A/B/C and 1 for color D
- Head over to the Bernat Blanket Mystery Stitch Along webpage to get the pattern for clue #1 and clue #2
- Visit the Bernat Blanket Mystery Stitch Along Facebook Page to share your photos and experience
Clue #3 will be available on the Bernat Blanket Mystery Stitch Along page from Joann’s on Monday, October 17th. I’ll be waiting patiently until then and will update you with my experience next week!
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