I finished this blanket before Christmas and have just sent it off to Sue at SIBOL which is an organisation that distributes blankets to residents of care homes in the UK. Now that Sue at SIBOL has received it, I can show it to the rest of the world.
I really enjoyed making this. The basic blanket is from this pattern. I used some Cygnet Grousemoor Aran yarn that I found at a reasonable price in a charity shop. This yarn is 75% acrylic and 25% wool and it is machine washable. It is a lovely warm yarn with little flecks of colour throughout. The edging and decorations were made from yarn left over from previous projects.
SIBOL likes the blankets to be at least 36" square, so I kept knitting until it reached that size. Then I edged it with one row of double crochet (UK) to brighten it up. The flowers are from this easy pattern. I made them in different sizes as an experiment and then decided to use all of them. I added green stems made from simple chain stitch. The finishing touch was a knitted bow from this pattern. For the bow, I combined 2 yarns to give a glittery effect. Everything is stitched on really well as I always picture these blankets spinning around in large washing machines.
Here is a close up of the blanket. You might just about be able to see the coloured flecks.
Sometimes I have trouble parting with my favourite blankets. But I know it will be appreciated where it is going and I have my photos to remind me.