Christmas Blanket
November 24, 2020
December 14, 2020

Christmas Blanket

Project info
120 stitches wide (54"x50")
Hooks & yarn
8.0 mm (L)
11 stitches and 7 rows = 4 inches
in Tunisian Full Stitch
1,968 yards = 6 skeins
Premier Yarns Puzzle
5 skeins = 1640.0 yards (1499.6 meters), 1000 grams
Premier Yarns Puzzle
1 skein = 328.0 yards (299.9 meters), 200 grams

This is my second tunisian full-stitch blanket made out of 5 skeins of Premier Puzzle yarn. The yarn is very soft and fuzzy, so that it does not have much stitch definition, but it works with tunisian full stitch giving a subtle chain-mail like texture on the right side and a garter-like texture on the reverse side.

Finishing notes:

I think a border is necessary to help finish the edges, especially with my uneven tension. (Even after blocking the blanket is not quite square with the two ends being wider than the middle.)

Before crocheting the border I did a pre-block to remove some of the Tunisian curl: lay the blanket somewhere flat and iron the edges with a steam iron over a rag.

I always joined a new skein at the beginning of a row. I am never sure how to weave in ends. I think the best way for this blanket is to weave away from the edge for a few inches, drop down a row and weave back to the edge, and then weave along the edge for a few stitches so that adding the border will help to secure the ends in place.

I wanted a grey border so I used the Word Search colorway. I like the greys and purples, but I didn’t like the pink in it, so I started cutting all the pink sections out and re-joining at the next grey stretch, which was annoying and got a bit messy.

For the border I did one row of single crochet: a single stitch in every stitch across the top and bottom, and one stitch in every two stitches along the sides. I then did two rows of half-double camel stitch. I’m not very happy with it. I think it should be wider, but after cutting all the pink out of my skein I didn’t have enough yarn to do any more rows.

After finishing the border I machine washed and dried the blanket. It didn’t fall apart (and I didn’t see any ends that worked their way free!). To block: while the blanket it is damp, lay it flat and as square as possible, iron the edges through a cloth, then place books on the corners and across the edges overnight. That gets rid of enough of the curl for my tastes.

Pattern notes:

With both blankets I used an 8mm hook; the resulting fabric is warm and stretchy, but very heavy. I think in the future at least a 9mm would be better (and faster).

With a foundation chain of 120 stitches and simply doing tunisian full stitch for all five skeins, the final dimensions with border (a couple rows of half-double crochet) are about 54” wide by 50” long.

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November 24, 2020
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About this pattern
Personal pattern (not in Ravelry)
About this yarn
by Premier Yarns
100% Acrylic
328 yards / 200 grams

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  • Project created: November 24, 2020
  • Finished: December 14, 2020
  • Updated: July 14, 2022