Quite a few people have requested the total yardage (per colour) to complete the Block a Week CAL 2014. When I first started out I had no idea that people would want to copy some (or all) of the colours I used, so I didn’t really keep a tally. Lucky for me Betty Byers made her squares in the same colours as me (well, 95 % of them), and she did keep a tally.
The photos in this post are Betty’s photos and they are being used with her permission.
Even though we have used the same colours, our blankets have turned out very different. Betty has included Sophie’s Garden in hers. She has had to leave out 4 squares to accommodate Sophie.
Betty has joined her blanket using a Flat Braid Ch-3 Join in Saffron. You can find a very clear tutorial for the Flat Braid join HERE. The tutorial is by Margaret MacInnis, designer of See How They Run (Week 23), Anticipation Mystery Square (Week 29), and Purifying Puritans (Week 45).
Betty has added a beautiful border (of her own design) to her afghan, the instructions for which can be found HERE. I am still undecided about what border I am going to add…
So without further ado I will share the amounts of yarn Betty recorded using.
- Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK from the Lucy Pack or Colour Pack (Double Knit/Light Worsted Weight/#3).
- Specifics: Each ball/skein weighs 100 g and contains 297 meters of yarn. That works out to 3 meters of yarn per gram.
- Amount: 17 x 100 g balls/skeins for the squares and 5 x 100 g balls/skeins for the joining and border.
- Hook: 4 mm crochet hook (US G/6 UK 8) – I recommend Clover Amour Crochet Hooks
Notes: This afghan can be done using the “Lucy Pack” if all colours are used equally and you purchase additional yarn for the joins and border. We have not used all colours equally. If I had to restart my afghan I would have chosen to use only 8 colours: Saffron, Sherbet, Fondant, Pomegranate, Turquoise, Meadow, Magenta, and Lipstick. You will notice that the earlier squares used all the colours, whereas the later squares used predominantly these 8 colours.
Block a Week CAL 2014 – Betty’s Beautiful Blanket
Stylecraft Special Double Knit Colours
Squares and Sophie’s Garden
Betty’s Beautiful Border
Continuous Flat Braid Join
Total Yarn Needed Per Colour
|Saffron||150 g||40 g||175 g||365 g|
|Sherbet***||300 g||40 g||340 g|
|Fondant||130 g||130 g|
|Clematis||25 g||25 g|
|Pomegranate||150 g||50 g||200 g|
|Turquoise||225 g||75 g||300 g|
|Meadow||175 g||40 g||215 g|
|Shrimp||25 g||25 g|
|Spring Green||20 g||20 g|
|Wisteria*||40 g||40 g|
|Lavender*||40 g||40 g|
|Plum||25 g||25 g|
|Magenta||240 g||80 g||320 g|
|Aster**||30 g||30 g|
|Cloud***||30 g||30 g|
|Aspen**||40 g||40 g|
|Lipstick||50 g||50 g|
|TOTAL||1695 g||175 g||325 g||2195 g|
* Wisteria and Lavender are quite close to each other, so you might consider using only one of them instead of both.
** Aster and Aspen aren’t as close to each other in shade, but you can consider using only one of them instead of both. You could also cut both of them out and use Turquoise instead.
*** Sherbet and Cloud are similar, so if you are looking for another way to trim the amount of colours, use Sherbet instead of Cloud.
If you need help converting these weights to meters (or yards), FreshStitches has got an awesome tutorial HERE.
My blanket is still a work in progress. All my Foursquares have now been joined using the (Sc, ch 1, skip 1) Join. Now I just need to figure out if I want to use Betty’s Beautiful Border, or if I want something more simple.
Here’s a peek of what it looks like so far.
See? Same colours, very different feel…