Monday, December 30, 2013

Dandy Dan's Rad Rock Blanket

Today is the day! I am so freaking excited! I can finally tell you all about my biggest pattern yet. Here it is, Dandy Dan's Rad Rock Blanket!


The pattern is named after my younger brother, Dan. Dan is an avid guitar player. One of his nicknames growing up was Dandy Dan, and I think it has a nice ring to it. The resulting blanket is twin-sized. It is all single crochet, all 55,590 stitches of it. While that does make it a bit tedious to craft, no stitch rivals single crochet when it comes to crisp tapestry designs. Best of all? I provide complete line-by-line written instructions for the blanket along with the chart. This means that you don't really have to think much if you don't want to. All you have to do is follow my drop, carry, and stitch count instructions. I provide instructions for color changing as well, a method that leaves the blanket smooth on the back, no strings hanging out. A little bit of texture is provided by the appliques for the strings, output, bridge, and tuning pegs. I am confident that someone who has been crocheting successfully for at least six months or more would be able to complete the pattern.

The blanket took quite a long time to make and write up, about two and a half months. While that may be a relatively short amount of time when it comes to crocheting blankets, I usually finish my patterns in one to two weeks so I felt like the blanket was taking me quite a long time indeed. Here are a few pictures of the blanket while it was in progress.





I just gave the sample blanket to my brother for Christmas. The pattern is available on both Ravelry and Craftsy. Before we part ways for today, here are a few more detailed pictures of the blanket including one with a smartphone for scale. I couldn't be more proud!






I think the guitar would look pretty cool if variegated yarn were used in place of the red. What color would you make your guitar?

10 comments:

  1. That is flippin' awesome!!!! Incredible craftsmanship!

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    1. Aww, thanks! I worked very hard on it and I'm so glad it shows.

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  2. P.S. I think we have the same couch :)

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  3. If I bought this pattern but I needed to shorten it up by a foot, how hard would that be?

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    1. It would be fairly difficult without changing the picture :/ The instructions and chart are line by line. I suppose you could omit some of the rows in the neck of the guitar, but then it might look stubby. Your best bet would be making the whole blanket smaller by using a smaller hook and a thinner yarn.

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  4. Hi Sara
    amazing blanket! any chance of getting a baby blanket size pattern for a guitar loving new dad?

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    1. Thank you very much :) I don't currently have any plans for a guitar baby blanket, but I will keep it in mind. One way that you can shrink down the pattern is to use a fingering weight yarn (instead of the worsted that it calls for) and a much smaller hook. I'm not sure what the resulting size would be exactly, but it would definitely be smaller.

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