The yarns had all been in my stash for quite some time, staring at me, softly whispering "Please, make something out of me" and you know you should always listen to what your yarn has to say.... Particularly the Sale Luxury Premium one, of which I ordered 16 skeins back in February only to find out that it did not live up to my expectations. "Make a lapghan out of me", it said, and the Anarchist quickly complied, using 12 skeins of the sheep-smelling fussy mess. To the mix, I added 3 skeins of Baby Multicolor and 2 skeins of Diva, all from Ice Yarns. So my stash is 2370 meters lighter! That's almost 2.5 kilometers (2700 yards, give or take)! That's a whole lotta yarn! Not bad, for such a simple yet cuddly lapghan that only takes a few hours in the making. I mean with a gauge of 3 rows and 2 dc clusters = 10 cm (4 inches) and an easy stitch (the granny stitch is always a favourite), it's a fool-proof, easy and fast crochet project!
So, if, like me, you need some instant "craftification", go ahead and tackle the beast. I think it would also be a great rug if you were to replace the yarn with t-shirt yarn or any other type of cotton yarn. But, since it's such a great stashbusting project, you can use any yarn you have roaming around without a destination!
2.5 km - A Giant Granny Stripes Crochet Lapghan
Don't forget to queue this project on Ravelry!
Finished Size: 80 x 120 cm (32 x 46 inches)
Gauge: 3 rows and 2 dc clusters = 10 cm (4 inches)
- 2 strands of DK yarn (total of 1000-1200 metres/yards) and 2 strands of sport yarn (1000-1200 metres/yards), held together throughout;
- or 2 strands of worsted yarn and 1 of sport yarn held together throughout.
- Q/15mm hook.
- Foundation Chain: Holding 4 strands of yarn, chain 52;
- Row 1: 3 dc in 4th chain from hook, *chain 1, sk 3, 3dc in next chain*, repeat until last ch;
- Row 2: Chain 4 (counts as 1 dc + ch 1 here and throughout), *3 dc in ch-1 spacefrom previous row, chain 1*, repeat until last cluster, 1 double crochet on the last double crochet from the previous row.
- Row 3: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc here and throughout), 2 dc into very first st, *chain 1, 3 dc in ch-1 space from previous row*, repeat until end.
- Row 4 - 40: repeat rows 2 and 3.
And TA-DA! That's it! You've probably strenghtened your arm muscles more than you would have after a trip to the gym, but you now have a giant albeit über cuddly lapghan!
I did add a fringe to mine. After having struggled with the idea, I did succumb to the dangly little devils. If you are also adding a fringe, make sure you cover all the stitches; otherwise, your lapghan will end up looking a bit toothless.
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