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Who does not love a nice and cozy blanket to cuddle up under? However, making a crochet blanket can feel like a lot of work. Luckily, there are several things you can do to speed up the blanket-making process.
What is the Best Crochet Blanket to Make?
Before you start any blanket, you will need to decide if you want to use a ready-made blanket pattern or if you want to be more creative and design your own.
Whichever approach you decide to take, you should take the time to consider the different ways to crochet a blanket.
By far the quickest blanket to crochet is a single-piece blanket. In short, all you need to do is crochet an afghan-sized square or rectangle in your chosen stitch. If you want to add a bit of extra flair, just add a border or edging.
Square-based or motif-based crochet blankets will inevitably take you longer to make. Irrespective of whether you choose to sew the different pieces together or you join as you go, it is extra work and time you will need to put in.
Another consideration is what stitch pattern you should go for. If you are short of time, you should probably go for a stitch pattern that you are familiar with. However, if you have the time and feel adventurous, why not try out a new stitch pattern?
Stitch dictionaries are a great source of inspiration as many of the crochet stitches featured in these books would make lovely blankets.
Searching online is also a great way of discovering new stitch patterns. As a matter of fact, I have a stitch library here on my site that you might find useful. You can find it here: Crochet Stitch Library.
What Is the Best Yarn to Use for a Crochet Blanket?
A crochet blanket will work up more quickly if you use a chunky/bulky yarn such as you will find in yarn weight group 5 and yarn weight group 6.
Acrylic is the most popular fiber that is used for crocheting blankets. However, you can of course pick wool or a blend of different fibers if you prefer.
If you cannot find a yarn you like in the heavy yarn groups, there is another trick you can use.
Work your blanket holding together two or three strands of yarn at a time. This will make for lovely, warm, and cushy crochet blankets that are really fast to crochet.
What Is the Best Crochet Hook to Use for a Crochet Blanket?
Choosing the right crochet hook for your project is vital. The larger the hook, the faster you will finish the project.
If you are using a chunkier yarn, you will naturally choose a larger hook. The same is true when crocheting multiple strands of yarn together.
However, if you have decided on using a worsted weight or even lace weight yarn, the crochet blanket can be worked up quickly using a size Q (16 mm) crochet hook. Using a larger hook with these types of yarn, will give a nice and open design that still makes for a cozy blanket.
What Are the Best Colors to Use for a Crochet Blanket?
There are no right or wrong colors to use when crocheting a blanket. Having said that, changing colors can add a lot of time to your project. This is especially true if you have to end off and join new colours every row or round.
Not only does it take time to switch colors, imagine how much time you will have to spend on weaving in all those yarn tails!
I do love a colorful blanket, though. Especially if I crochet for a new-born. So, I often opt for self-striping or variegated yarns as they do the colorwork for me!
A Final Thought…
Crochet blankets are one of my favorite types of projects. At the end of a busy day, I just love to turn on the TV and grab by latest blanket project – bliss!