It was bitter sweet this week as I finished up my Bernat Mystery Stitch Along blanket. It was so much fun to work on a group project with yarn that I adore. I really wanted it to last a little longer!
I was, however, very happy to finish my blanket and finally see the finished product for all my work. The design is so unique. I would have never imagined it would transform from a circle to a square and finally to a rectangle. I tip my hat to Mikey and those who put this stitch along together at Joann’s and Yarnspirations. I think it was a big success!
Here is one final look at the Bernat Blanket Mystery Stitch along and my favorite moments throughout this journey.
Lilac Leaf Center
I was so iffy about using this colorway as my first yarn choice but now that it’s finished, I’m SO glad I did! Lilac leaf worked up differently than other variegated colorways I saw through #handmadewithjoann. The two different shades of purple paired with green and perfectly pooled color runs create a center that looks like a little field of lilacs.
I’m really glad I worked through the doubt and stuck with my instinct to be a bit different. I think the results really paid off this time!
Bernat Blanket Yarn Puffs
I’ll admit, when it comes to super bulky yarn I tend to stick with simple stitches to avoid creating an extra-thick fabric. I was pleasantly surprised by how well the puff stitches worked up in this design. They create a lot of visual interest but not at the cost of practicality and I love that about this blanket!
I also really enjoyed the edging stitches, alternating front post double crochet and single crochets. The texture is just great!
Cozy is an understatement
As much as I enjoyed working on it, I enjoy snuggling under it more!
Bernat Blanket yarn has been a personal favorite for a long time. I’ve never been disappointed with a blanket created with this yarn. It creates a surprisingly lightweight fabric that is warm but doesn’t suffocate. I have a few skeins left over from this project and I plan to put them to use!
I see a baby blanket with the lilac leaf and another cozy throw with the other colors. Be on the look out for that soon.
The Bernat Blanket Mystery Stitch Along was an incredible experience. It challenged the minds of newer crocheters and provided some relaxing, repetitive motions for seasoned crocheters. The pattern was well written and easy to follow. I found myself using the diagrams throughout most of the project but did refer to the written instructions to memorize the stitch pattern. The video tutorials were also a big help for beginners. Mikey did a fantastic job!
My finished blanket measures in quite a bit smaller than the finished size listed in the pattern. I was not the only person who experienced a drastic difference in gauge. I’m notorious for crocheting very tightly and I attribute this characteristic to the difference. Going up a hook size or two would have greatly improved the overall size, however, I wasn’t too worried about the size difference.
My afghan is the perfect size for a couch lap throw or it would fit my niece perfectly. She may be getting a snuggly Christmas present this year!
Here it is stretched out on my king size bed. As you can see, it’s still quite large!
I’m so thrilled to have been a part of this stitch along and introduce the concept to many of you. It’s so much fun to work together on the same project, but it’s even more fun when none of us have a clue what it will look like! It was a bit of a gamble for some of us but I think everyone was quite happy with their finished blankets.
As we wrap up afghan month at B.hooked Crochet and our mystery blankets, I want to give you a sneak peek into what November has in store for B.hooked Crochet.
Many of us crochet gifts for the holidays. We need trendy patterns that work up quick and effortless so we can finish them in time. This is what the entire month of November will be devoted to, crochet gifts!
I have the following projects on my hook and in the queue to be published next month:
- Crochet hat for him
- Hooded cowl
- Yoga socks
- Easy cabled headband
- Simple adult beanie
Hold on to your hooks, we’re going to make so much together next month!
If you want to check out my other posts on this Stitch Along, you can find them here:
Bernat Blanket Mystery Stitch Along: Clue #3
This post is sponsored by Yarnspirations