I'm delighted to say that I have just finished my big crochet blanket. It measures 40" x 57" and is destined for Operation Orphan which is an organisation that distributes clothing and blankets to children in need around the world.
I'm really pleased with how this turned out. As it will be going to a cold country, I chose real wool Aran yarns. I can't imagine this blanket will ever be thrown into a washing machine. So the chances of it being ruined are minimal. The teal yarn came from a lucky charity shop find. The rest of the yarn was donated to me by Joanne of the Cup On The Bus blog. Thanks again, Joanne. I still have enough of your yarn to make another blanket or lots of hats and scarves.
I used the wonderful free Random Stripe Generator to plan the stripes. This is worth considering if you make a lot of stripy things. You simply input your colours and number of required rows and it throws up lots of different suggestions.
I didn't follow any particular pattern. I used a 5mm hook and crocheted 160 rows of 125 half trebles (UK).
CONFESSION TIME: I ended the blanket with 2 fewer stitches than I started with . I have absolutely no idea how this happened, especially as I was very careful. It doesn't show over such a big blanket. But one of my aims in life now is to complete one of these blankets without losing or gaining any stitches.