Bessies is one of the blankets featured in “Into the West” crochet blanket book.
Bessie’s blanket is my first crochet blanket and made in memory of my Granny Bessie, it is my version of the traditional granny square blanket
Bessie died at the age of 94 and was still knitting and crocheting blankets almost up until the day she died. Her blankets were all carried to the local Oxfam shop where she hoped they would be sent to war and famine torn countries. She watched the news avidly hoping to see a starving orphan cuddled and comforted in one of her blankets. I don’t think she ever did, but I like to think somewhere in the world there are people who were indirectly comforted by my granny.
Bessie measures approx. 80 x 80 inchs, you can make a smaller Bessie by reducing the number of columns and rows.
There are 144 motifs in total, 12 rows x 12 columns.
Bessie is a scrap blanket and is best made with oddments from your stash in as many different colours as possible.
You will need 2300 gms in total.
However if you would like to buy yarn especially for Bessie, I recommend the following yarns..
Easyknits – Deeply Wicked DK, Splendour DK. Skein Queen – Desire, Blissful Plum, Voluptuous
John Arbon Textiles - Knit by Numbers, Viola. The Little Grey Sheep - DK - Gotland DK
Fyberspates - Scrumptious DK, Vivacious DK. Cascade - Cascade 220 Sport
Knitpicks - Wool of the Andes. King Cole - Merino Blend DK.
You will also need
4.5 mm hook
Tapestry needle for sewing in loose ends.
This pattern contains the following…..
Detailed colour and yarn recommendations
Written and charted Motif instructions in UK and US terms.
Full coloured layout chart.