Some people panic bought toilet rolls, others pasta, but as we headed in to what we had an inkling would imminently be ‘COVID-19 lockdown’ in March 2020 where did my head go? How was I going to keep occupied if I didn’t have enough yarn!
So as everyone else was fighting over the last loo roll, I was more concerned about my yarn stash, oh and making sure we had everything we needed for hubbie to decorate the lounge. Couldn’t have him twiddling his thumbs if we were confined to the house for weeks on end!
But what was I going to make? The pressure of finding a pattern and buying the yarn PDQ before everywhere may well be forced to shut down…eek. Then I remembered I’d seen a lovely phot of a blanket on a fellow crocheter’s Instagram, and that was that decision made, a Farmhouse Granny Square Blanket.
It was one of my most satisfying makes. Chunky yarn and a 6mm hook meant each square hooked up quickly. I timed it at 34 minutes with no distractions, not that I motored through them all at that rate, time was one thing not in short supply! It was a lockdown project, maybe a modern family heirloom one day? it was a project to be picked up and put down as and when I felt like it, and to be looked back on as something achieved during the bizarrest of times.
Fancy giving it a go? here are the details…
A free download from Lindsay Oncken (Bundle Knits) on Ravelry for the squares, with a couple of added rows of double crochet as a border to edge it.
I plumped for a 8 x 6 square blanket (squares coming out at as approx. 7” square), which with the border gave an overall blanket size of about 57” x 43” (145cm x 110cm)
17 balls of Paintbox Yarns, Simply Chunky in Vanilla Cream (available from lovecrafts.com)
6mm hook (US 10)