THANK YOU everyone for your compliments on my version of the Babette Blanket! Your support and response is quite tremendous!
I'll work my way through your questions ...
> i REALLY like that you pulled it off with 17 skeins of caron ss. so, with a G
> hook, are your squares fairly firm? are you a loose crocheter? is this a
> very heavy warm blaket?
Yup, 17 skeins - in different colors! Whew! My gauge is loose and a G hook gave me a firm but soft feel. I didn't want the stitches to be loose for this blanket.
The blanket is VERY warm and VERY snuggly and soft...and HEAVY. I almost but not quite can't wait for cooler weather so I can huddle under it!
> what are you going to do with it?
Oh, I'm keeping this one for me! I wanted a colorful and cheery blanket for the ugly, grey, cold winter months.
> How is it possible that you began on June 24 and are finished already???
> I would think that this project would take at least 6 months?
It took about 4 weeks or so all total. I have *LOTS* of time each evening and on the weekends to crochet! The kids are grown and out on their own, so there's a lot of available time. Crocheting the squares took no time at all. Hiding ends seemed endless. But it was designing the color scheme for the additional panel that I found most time-consuming - to not duplicate parts of the original layout, to use appropriate colors in appropriate places - probably about 10 days or so just for the additional panel (which is why I posted my panel layout and the color scheme for the additional squares on my blog - so someone else could make it if they didn't want to do their own thing).
> What an awesome job! I've not heard of this babette design? Is
> that a free pattern? If so, can you point me to where I can find it?
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> That's an awesome 'ghan!!! Is there a pattern for that, or did you
> make it up as you went? I'd love to put that on my wish list!
The pattern is not free - it is in the Spring 2006 issue of Interweave Crochet magazine - which can be ordered from the http://www.interweavecrochet.com website or possibly found on eBay.
The pattern for the squares is a common variation of the traditional granny square. Because I don't like the join showing on one side of each square, I join in a corner instead. It is published as square #3 Square Target in the book "200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans" by Jean Eaton - AND, it is square #77 in "99 Granny Squares to Crochet" (with this mod: make each corner 2dc ch 2 2dc) by Leisure Arts. I just found this online version of the square pattern called "No Seam Granny Square" at Chez Crochet (scroll to bottom of page): http://www.chezcrochet.com/page56.html .
The value in using the published pattern published is having the color charts for the squares and the diagram of the square placement. Based on my experience creating the additional panel for my Babette Blanket, the planning of square placement and colors in the original pattern is excellent!
> I don`t think you would need a pattern for this in my humble oppinion.
> Get some graph paper (free online) and figure out how big you want it.
> And start putting squares on the paper.
Yes! This is an excellent way to create your own blanket using different sized squares. Each size square could be a different pattern - or not. Some squares could be solid - or not.
> Oh WOW!! I LOVE IT! It's the ultimate way to use scraps! I love the
> way you have all differently sized squares making it up, because that
> way it wouldn't matter if you only had a foot long piece of one color
> left, it could still be incorporated as the center of a small square!
Yes, although the published pattern for Babette Blanket uses (in my opinion) a planned color scheme, creating your own version is a WONDERFUL way to use up scraps.
Again, thank you for your kind words!!