Monday, 7 January 2013

Granny Square Blanket.....The Sequel!

Good evening lovely people! How are you all doing?
I'm having having a nice night in at home, spending some quality time on my blog. I'm hoping to finally get around to updating my facebook page and replying to some comments!! But first I have a little something to share with you all.
Remember back in October I finished a very special granny square blanket for a friend of mine.


I was in love with this blanket and really found it very hard to part with, I had to start one of my own immediately! I wasted no time in ordering myself a new supply of Stylecraft. This time I didn't stick to the 17 colours from the "Stylecraft colour pack" but ordered myself an extra selection of colours to add to the colour pack. I had 27 colours in total to play around with.


Now I was taking a bit of a gamble with the colours, as I wasn't really sure what the over all feel of the blanket was going to turn out like. I was very much enjoying working with different colours and was especially loving the more muted tones like denim, teal and grape.

I got cracking with my granny squares and made them whenever possible. My initial plan was to make all of the squares individually and sew them together at the end.


However, after becoming a little daunted by the prospect of sewing together so many squares, I decided to use the "join as you go method" to join my squares.


Normally I wouldn't make all of my squares before joining, it kind of defeats the "joining as you go" idea. However, I decdied to make all of my squares first, purely out of personal convenience. I worked a lot on this blanket in between my shows at work. So I found it much easier to make 25 squares in the same colour, this way I only had to take one ball/colour of yarn to work.

Within a few weeks all 675 squares were finished (I made 25 squares in each of the 27 colours)!


NOW THE EXCITING PART!! I began to join my blanket!


I was amazed at how different this blanket was looking if I compared it to my previous one. It feels deeper and darker compared to the last.  You can see in the pictures below just how different the overall colour is. The picture on the left is my last blanket and the one on the right my current one.


I've had a little niggling feeling when I compare the blankets as I feel like I prefer the one that I gave away. I had moments when I almost decided not to finish my current one. I'm so glad I pushed through that phase though. As adding a border to it made me see it in a different light.
Here it is in it's full state of granny square greatness!!! (A little tricky trying to get it in one shot!)


Here's what I did with the border:


It's a little darker and maybe a tad moodier than my last blanket, but I think I'm liking that now. It just took me a little second to realise that it is a different blanket and so I'm aloud to feel differently about it.
It does look quite at home spread out across our bed!




This blanket was by far the quickest I've done. It took just six weeks to complete. I think it came down to pure determination and being very organised and strict with my blanket making regime! I'm so happy I still have some cold winter months to get some use out of MY granny square blanket. That's right.....I'm keeping this one!!!


194 comments:

  1. Fabulous plan Matt, to add some more colors! Love the blanket :-)
    Esther.

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  2. I love it! Well done - such discipline! I'm just starting a biggie and need to get me some of that! I'm also using teal and grape - darker but warmth too. Beautiful work.

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  3. I think this is my first comment on your blog (recent folower from Portugal) :) I just had to congrat you, it is BEAUTIFUL! I'm doing one similar but in a mini version for a baby. :) how do you select the color sequence? I'm having a bit of a strugle with that...my first blanket. :)

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    1. Hey Ana! Thank you for the kind comments! I made sure I made the same amount of squares in every colour and then I joined it together as random as possible. I made sure the same colour never ended up next to another square of the same colour. other than that I didn't really have a plan! xxx

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  4. Amazing! Can't believe how quickly you made that! It looks perfect on your bed, the colours work really well, I love it!
    Maria x

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  5. Well done Matt.. I love grape, teal, denim, bluebell. It looks fabulous. I prefer the second one to the first. I also know what you mean about the JAYG dilemma, I love the portability of squares, you can use every spare moment, but the blanket stitch effect looks fabulous. I am just thinking what stamina you had to get through sewing in all those ends!

    Now what?! Fantastic work.

    Fiona

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    1. Thanks Fiona!!!Next comes knitting! I'm working on my first proper knitting project as we speak. I'm a little slow though!!!!

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  6. Gosh, that is one speedy blanket! Gorgeous too.... Such a bold splash of colour in your light and white room, I love it!

    Grtz,

    Ilse

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  7. Oooooohh, Matt, I dont know how you can work as much! I am surprised in every post you publish! I do not know how you do it for both work and create something so beautiful! You are a great artist to crochet! And your photos are always great, but the blog is great! Oh, Matt, I love so much color everywhere, everything is always cheerful and clean! There is so much beauty everywhere ... Many congratulations!

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  8. It's beautiful Matt!! A wonderful bedroom to be in with those cushion's too.
    You are amazing with your crochet ☺

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  9. Wow Matt...Your so very talented. I wish I had your determination...Love it. great colors.

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  10. Ohhhhh my gosh...this is great,love all the colors.Well done ! Beautiful .

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  11. I can't believe you made that blanket so fast. It's amazing! I have to say that I like your new blanket better than the last one you made, but I am just more drawn to dark blues and greens.

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  12. LOVE! I like this one better than the first. The deeper colors let the others really pop! I want to make one now...

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  13. Hola Matt tu manta está preciosa! y la hiciste en un tiempo record! me encanta como luce en tu cama, la gama de colores es genial! y los cojines son preciosos! me encantaria si es posible pusieras un traductor en tu blog, ya que me encanta visitarte un beso desde Chihuahua Mexico.

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    1. Muchas gracias por tu mensaje! He puesto el boton para traducir solamente para ti ;-)

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  14. You should call your blanket Elmer (after the elephant. It looks fabulous - I love the one colour granny square look.

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  15. lovely story, beautiful blanket. Great work!
    xx

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  16. How beautiful! I love the colours you've used :-) I love the process of making a blanket-how they each develop their own 'personality', the joy of putting it all together, that rush when you see it completed! I hope the weather stays frosty for you so that your lovely new blanket can get to work!

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  17. Wow! I love love love it. I can't believe how quickly you made it.
    Claire

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  18. So nice and big, to keep you plenty warm in the cold weather. Love what you have made with all the gorgeous colors! I love the "join as you go" the very best in the way of joining. Fantastic work!!! Ed 4448

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  19. Chapó!!! verdadera obra de arte, precioso conjunto. Un saludo

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  20. LOVE IT! And love that you referred to it being draped over "our bed" (who is the lucky guy hmm!?) Happy New Year lovely x

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  21. I think your blanket is gorgeous. The addition of the extra colours to the 'Lucy pack' give it a richness and depth of colour. What's going to be your next crochet project though - designing your own blanket or cushion? Or are you going to enter the world of knitting? :D

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    1. Thanks for the lovely comment!! In answer to your question...Both!!! I'm working on my first proper knitting project as we speak, it's going a little slower than the crochet work though!
      Plans for my own blanket are a little seedling in my brain, I hope someday soon my ideas will become a reality to share with you all! :-) xx

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  22. That is awesome!!! 6 weeks ... you're a machine!!!

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  23. Matt I love both blankets but the new one has a greater depth of colour and I fave this one, congratulations on completing it so quickly, what stich did you use to join the squares? Did you consider crocheting them together, I did that with my one and only blanket years ago but it did seem to pull but perhaps that was just my inexperence

    Keep posting

    Susan

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    1. Hey Susan! I joined them together as I went, meaning I used the last round of each square to join to the next sqaure. I've also made a blanket and joined with single crochet it makes a very pretty join, I like that method a lot!

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  24. Wow! Lindos os seus trabalhos, adorei as cores e sobretudo a dedicação e o seu gosto de criar... só quem ama o crochet e as cores da vida, faz um cobertor tão rápido!
    Em 2012 fiz oito cobertores, estou acabando um agora, visite o meu blog
    http://lavoresfl.blogspot.pt/

    Um abraço de Portugal
    Fátima

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  25. Love it! You are an excellent knitter.

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  26. Soooooooo beautiful, Matt. Thanks for posting!!! xx from Gracie

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  27. Six weeks... That's awesome! I like the second one better!

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  28. LOVE!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE. Oh, the colors! this one suits you better I think :)

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  29. This blanket is so colourful, so beautiful, so HAPPY!!!!!!
    xxxx Ale

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  30. Oh Matt it is so amazing!!!
    And in just six weeks!!!
    I have a number of blankets to finish which I started in 2012.
    2012 was one of those years when starting projects seemed nicer then finishing them.
    But you have inspired me no end to finish them!!! Thank you!!!
    Well done you!!

    I love it !!!!

    Love
    Chris Xx

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  31. Absolutely gorgeous, Matt, you inspire with your work. Such beauty and your blog's clear clean lines showcase your talent. Thanks.

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  32. Six weeks? I am so impressed! Both blankets are beautiful but I actually prefer the one you're keeping for yourself. The darker colors give the blanket a cozier appearance. How did you do the JAYG if you made all the squares ahead of time? It doesn't look like there's a fourth round in the Granny square but perhaps it is there. ANyway, beautiful blanket!

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    1. Hey Sheery! Thanks for the kind comment. I joined them using the join as you go method, but did it in a slightly backwards way! I made every square but didn't fasten them off properly. When it came to joining a square I would pull apart one side and re-crochet it to the one I wanted to join it with. Sounds really slow and long winded, but making all of the squares before joining really made this project go faster for me.
      Hope that makes sense? Re reading it, I'm not sure if it does :-/
      xxx

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    2. It makes perfect sense. Thank you for the explanation. I am still in awe that this beauty only took you six weeks. You and your wonderful creations are truly inspirational.

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  33. Well what a stunning work of art that is - and I'm loving the cushions too. Looks like a wonderful place to snuggle up in. Today you have inspired me to get on with one of my own - great resolution eh?

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  34. Defo like the darker one, beautifully done.
    Now I'm wondering what it would like should you join the squares with one colour...denim blue or such, see I'm thinking "baby blanket"here,, as if I don't have enough WIP's waiting!

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  35. Bellísima! Una obra de arte!
    Felicitaciones !

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  36. incredible blanket! and I'm astonished with how quickly you accomplished it! beautiful colors!
    Have a nice day!
    Anna

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  37. Gorgeous! Love it. Happy New Year

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  38. Gorgeous ! And what' a great sense of accomplishment! A whole blanket in six weeks! Just amazing! Great job!

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  39. You Sir, are an inspiration to hookists everywhere! After seeing the blanket you made for your friend I started making one using up odds and ends from my vast stash, but as ever I soon got bored and started something else. Now seeing this beauty has made me enthusiastic all over again!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful bright projects, and Happy New(ish) Year to you and Dennis!

    Kerry

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  40. What wonderful shots of your new blanket! The colours are glorious together! That's the great thing about granny squares in different colours, we get a different mood with each creation! You may be tempted to make one in spring colours to decorate your bed in the warmer season. Just a thought! Well done for your beautiful work!

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  41. Stunning work again. You never cease to amaze me in terms of creativity, colour and the detail of your blog posts. I love the way you discuss everything and support it with the visual treat of beautiful photographs. I really really want you to create a Coffee Table Book, It would be my ideal book for unwinding or filling my head with goodness before bedtime. A large book full of your projects, photographs and top tips! Let me know when it is going to be published...I will reserve a copy, signed of course! x

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    1. Lucy!! Thank you for the kind comments! I would love to make a book someday and I would sign it and deliver it personally. It was also very kind of you to mention me on your blog, thanks for the continued support!! Love Matt xxx

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  42. Hi Matt, as usual you inspire and encourage me! My fav is the second blanket. I have never made a full sized blanket- only baby blankets for gifts. I am going to try to learn this join as you go stitch so I can make me a blanket like yours!
    Love,
    Leah

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  43. Absolutely beautiful and stunning. The clours are gorgeous, and it only took 6 weeks - brilliant.
    Can I please ask how you Join as you go.
    irene
    xxxx

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  44. It looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing the images - it really makes my part of the world brighter. :)

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  45. Wonderful Grannyblanket!!!
    675 Squares!? Oh my....
    My Grannyblanket have 324 Grannys, thats enough for me ;-)
    You take a look ;-)
    http://blickinshaekelkoerbchen.blogspot.de/search/label/Grannykuscheldecke

    Greetings from
    Angel ( a )

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  46. Lovely blanket and so quickly and beautifully made :O)x

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  47. That is a FABULOUS blanket. I think I do prefer it to the first one, although is fab. too. Well done for completing it so quickly.

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  48. Amazing. I love it and that is one fast project! I am proud of you and your tremendous effort.

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  49. Beautiful work Matt - I love the mix of colours and I think it is even nicer than your last blanket (which I didn't think possible!). Thanks for cheering up a dreary Tuesday morning for me :-)

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  50. Hi Matt, I've only found out about your blog a few months ago but I've been looking through your archives and o my, you make the most fabulous things! Keep the good work up! Love your blanket, the colours really pop!

    Love, kirsten

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  51. I REALLY love this blanket. I like both of them but if I had to choose I would keep the one you have made for yourself. I started a style craft patchwork 3 years ago now and there were none around then. It's still only a third finished although I love it very much. You are so quick and there is really no excuse for me. I am sewing my together and I do love how it looks but it is very time consuming even though I quite like doing it (the down side is that it has a knack and every time I put it away and get it out again, I have to puzzle out what it is I am meant to be doing.) Anyway your blanket is really stunning and you are an inspiration. So much talent - is that fair?!

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  52. Just come across your blog and your work is wonderful. It is lovely to see a man crochet. I have just started teaching my 7 year old son and 9 year old daughter to do the basics. I was showing Ted your blog and he just loves it. Keep up the fabulous work and inspiration. Shaz xx

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    1. Hey Sharon! I loved reading your comment it really made me smile. I love that you are teaching your children to be crafty and creative and I was so touched that Ted loved the blog. So sweet!! xxx

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  53. Oh wow ... Lucy in the sky has made me come and see your blog ... and I love this blanket ... !! xxx

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  54. Oh Matt, this is so stunning. I even think your colour combination is far better than Lucy's! Mind sharing which colours you used?

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  55. Oh My God!! I've only just found your blog. I was already in awe of a bloke who crochet's but this blanket has just blown me away

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  56. I love it!Congrats!And I love the bit darker colours as it is a winter thing after all. Now do tell us how you managed to take a photograph of it.Did you hang from the chandelier?AriadnefromGreece!

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    2. Swinging from the chandelier....anything for a good picture of my projects! :-)

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  57. Hi Matt - stunning (as always)!!! How did you JAYG when you'd made all the squares separately? Can't work it out but may be having a 40s moment!!!! lol x

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  58. It is GORGEOUS! I have been following your blog for a little while now and I SO want to make one of these blankets! I have the same question as some of the other commenters about how you joined the squares. I would probably prefer to make all the squares ahead of time too. The only other blanket I have made I used JAYG and it made sense to me. But it doesn't look like you added a fourth round - so did you end up sewing after all? Please continue sharing your color and inspiration with us!

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  59. I LOVE it!! I love the way you have used equal amounts of so many different colours - gor-ge-ous!
    Angie x

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  60. Lovely blanket! I'm just finishing my baby version... (colorncream.blogspot.com). Love your blog!!! X Jenn

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  61. OMG! I love this blanket, great job! x Suzie from Budapest

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  62. OMG! I love this blanket, great job!

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  63. Gorgeous blanket. Now I want to make one lol

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  64. That blanket is stunning! I am a recent follower, too, from Germany, and so impressed by your creativity!!! And if I may say so, from what you see on the pictures - such a beautiful bedroom, really love the combination of white walls and colourful cushions and blankets. Amazing!!!

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  65. Que estupendo trabajo, que bonito te ha quedado.
    Enhorabuena.

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  66. It is so beautiful!! I have wanted to make a blanket like this for a long time. I am worried that I will get bored with it quickly. After reading your post, I think I'm going to give it a try. Thanks for the lovely inspiration.

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  67. It is BEAUTIFUL! I must make one of these.

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  68. Wahou, just marvelous and fabulous ! Congratulation i'm mad about your work!

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  69. oh my god matt it is gorgeous.
    On your first blanket, was that made from one of the stylecraft packs and was it just one pack????
    They are on offer on Deramores at the moment and fancy getting one but not sure how far it will go.
    xxx

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  70. I feel inspired! Your blanket is amazing, and to make it in six weeks is just incredible.
    Jille xx

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  71. This is gorgeous. I LOVE the added colors - loved the first blanket - but this is just richer. I've been planning to order those additional Stylecraft colors for weeks, but they are out of stock. Patience isn't one of my strengths.

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  72. Oh, it's just gorgeous! Way to go. I love it. I like the darker combination of colors, personally. I just finished a giant granny square afghan in the 17 colors plus Teal, just because I like it. I really think the Teal added something. It gave it a little more depth than it would have had otherwise. Enjoy your wonderful blanket!

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  73. It's gorgeous. I love it. I think the added colors were a great idea. I just did a giant granny square in the 17 colors plus Teal, and I think it really worked well. There's a depth to it that I like a lot. Enjoy your beautiful blanket!

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  74. GORGEOUS and inspirational as always!!

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  75. Beautiful!! Totally in keeping with the grannyh square traditions.
    Enjoy your warm colourful blanket.

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  76. Beautiful! I want to make my own after seeing your blanket. :)

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  77. The best I have seen, and definitely inspiring me to make my own...how do you join your squares?

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  78. That is an absolutely stunning blanket, Matt! I'm here via Karen at Did You Make That? and I'm drooling over your gorgeous makes.

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  79. 6 weeks? 6 weeks only? You are one heck of a crocheter - what a beautiful blanket! I like the second one best, love the colours and how it fits on your bed. Congratulations, a great achievement.

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  80. wow what a beautiful blanket! well done!

    Greets from Holland.. Petra

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  81. wow what a beautiful blanket! well done!

    Greets from Holland..

    Petra :-)

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  82. Hi Matt, have just discovered your blog. Love your granny blanket and it looks fab in your bedroom. Off to read more! Cheers Meredithe.

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  84. Gosh, both of the blankets look gorgeous! But it also looks like an insane amount of work. I'd probably give up not even halfway, but somewhere at the first 100 squares :D

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  85. I can't even put into words how beautiful this blanket is!! I'm new to crochet and have been combing the internet for easy blankets/afghans to make and I came across this one. WOW! Seeing your pictures makes me want to paint my room and furniture white and make one of these blankets for myself! What an artist you are!!

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  86. This is amazing!! I am in awe of this blanket! I am new to crocheting and have been combing the internet looking for easy blankets to make. Who knew something so easy would turn out so beautiful!! What an artist you are!

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  87. Your granny square blanket is a masterpiece! What beautiful choice of colors too. I'm especially interested how you joined the squares together. I'd really like to crochet a blanket for my teenage daughter. Would you be willing to share the pattern?

    I just finished a ripple afghan I started in 2004. Nine years later it's finally finished. Better late than never! The colors are red/white/blue and it turned out quite nicely.

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  88. Beautiful! I can't believe how those colors work together. And gorgeous sleeping space--so inviting.

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  89. Absolutely stunning! Fantastic work! So wonderful!
    Sabine

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  90. Hi there!
    I pop in here sometimes. To admire your crochet work and to boost myself with your happy colors. All over your blog! It is so fantastic! I live in Sweden, very grey time of the year I can tell. But looking at your work here keep the spring spirit up! All year around!!

    Beside the amazing quilt you've made, I just love the round pillow on the bed!
    I would be so happy if you would share pattern or tell me where you bought it!!

    Have a nice day and thank you for the daily color boost!!

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  91. Wauw! beautiful!
    I like it!

    loves,
    Samantha

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  92. Congrats on an Amazing Blanket!!! I love the Colors!! And I love your JAYG method! Very inventive!

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  93. I cannot stop looking at this blanket Matt!
    Fabulous!
    KB :)

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  94. Brilliant work Matt, those colours are amazing and I love the randomness of the squares!

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  95. Wow, that's some perseverance you have Matt!

    loving the Granny fest x

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  97. What a fantastic idea for working the squares then joining them. I just tried it and it is exactly what I need! It takes very little time to undo the side and then join. I appreciate your creativity. Though I know you and Dennis only through blogs, I was happy to read you are reunited <3

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  98. I love the joining method you described and have already tried it out. What a fabulous idea! It makes a granny square project portable! Thank you for sharing your creativity here. I was happy to read that you and Dennis are reunited<3.

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  99. It is indeed another gorgeous blanket. I am intrigued how you went back and did the join as you go when you had already made the squares? Did you unravel them again?

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  100. Wow! I love it and I love your blog! I meet it now and I'm very jelous of you! I hope, maybe, in the future, I can do something like this... :)

    Best regards!

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  101. It is a gorgeous afghan! It's amazing what a variety of colors can inspire people to create. You did a wonderful job on them.

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  102. Hi Matt
    I just found your blog. Its a work of heART. I loved visiting and will be back to see what your creativity produces in future. All the very best for 2013.

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  103. Hi i was wondering in a few of the pictures there is a realy awesome pillow a circular one. I was wondering if you had made it and if so could you please post the pattern?

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  104. Also was just wondering.for.your.amazing projects what sort of wool do you use is it real wool or acriliyic? I realy want to make a blanket like yours yours are so beautiful

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  105. I really enjoyed your posts!! This blanket is gorgeous!
    Greetings from Buenos Aires,
    Valentina

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  106. Talvez nem te faça diferença meu commentário ou opinião, mas é que fico muito triste quando as pessoas entram em meu blog e saem sem nada me dizer, afinal fazemos tudo isso com carinho.
    Amei, simplesmente amei seu blog, e não falo só por falar, é que amei mesmo.
    Parabéns!!! E obrigada por compartilhar conosco.
    Abraços
    Paz e Bem!

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  107. hello matt,
    newbie here and i tried to read the other comments to see if you already responded to this question....do you have the pattern for the round pillow on your blog? i am torn between two loves, the pillow and the outrageously fast gorgeous blanket...what incredible talent in you, thank you for (bed)spreading your gifts... thanks, reina

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  108. Stephanie Schoelen18 January 2013 at 17:50

    I am in love with this blanket!! I'm start on my version today!! :) xoxo

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  109. What method did you use to attatch your squares? It looks seamless with all of the different colors

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  110. What method did you use to attatch your squares? It looks seamless with all of the different colors

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  111. Beautiful work. Do you possibly have a pattern for the round crochet cushion as my daughter wants one.

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  112. Hi! I love it so mutch. Congratulation. Isabel

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  113. This blanket is so beautiful that I did not resist, I blogged about it. I hope you don't mind, and I have to tell you I just love your blog, your work

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  114. Whoa there - these are beautiful! I do prefer the second one but then I look again and change my mind - and then again etc. etc. The colours are vibrant - very Kaffe Fassett x

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  115. I love the blanket. it is awesome and I will be starting my own version soon. I notice that several have asked for the patterns for the pillows on the bed as well. Will you please post those as well as the method for how you joined the squares to one another?
    thanks!

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  116. what an amazing blanket...your crocheting looks really neat and perfect! I love working with colors and made a quilt that uses squares of colour also....my inspiration was paul klee...here's a link if you want to see it,,,

    http://www.colouredbuttons.com/2009/07/trixis-quilts-part-2-paul-klee-quilt_24.html

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  117. Love this blog.
    Beautiful.

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  118. Really beautifull. Love you're blog. Start following you! Love

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  119. Gorgeous and so inspiring...thanks for sharing Matt!!

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  120. I found your blog through Pinterest, and this blanket is just magnificent! All of the colors are so lovely together!

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  121. What a gorgeous blanket Matt! I'm wondering ; did you block your grannies? I can't imagine. I'm crocheting something similar but with 12" size grannies and can't imagine blocking so many , haha. I don't think i"ll block mine. Like a friend said to me : "they'll block themselves as you wear it" , lol

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    1. Hey there!! No I've never blocked any of my grannies. Like your friend said, when they are all joined they kind of figure themselves out. They'll all end up pulling one another into perfect squares......EASY!!! :-)

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  122. Absolutamente maravilhosa!!! parabéns:))

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  123. Hello Matt, i guess this must be my first comment on your blog!!! I love your blog, always very inspiring...
    Your blanket is just amaizing!!!! You have done a very well job and it goes so well with your bedroom style !!
    I have never done a blanket this big, but looking At yours made me wana give it a try!!! I just ordered 21 colours from Mansons, stylecraft special dk which i have been dying for ages to try!!! I hope the shipping to France won't take long... Can't wait to start working on it!
    Cheers!
    Lina

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    1. Hey Lina!!! Thanks for the lovely comment! I love that you have just taken the plunge and ordered your yarn! SOOOOO EXCIIITING!!!!!! I'm living in Germany at the moment and always order from Masons, usually my yarn arrives with in a week of ordering!! They are very fast! So I hope you get your yarn soon. Have fun :-)

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  124. Hola, esta manta es muy bonita!!!. Me he animado y he empezado ha hacer cuadros, es mi primer trabajo. Agradeceria que publicaras como van unidos entre si ya que no tengo experiencia. Me encanta este blog. Gracias
    Irene

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  125. Once draped across the bed, I definitely like this one better than the last. I'm working on a granny square blanket right now, just because, while I wait for the go ahead to buy the yarn for the granny square blanket my husband decided I should make next before I quite finished our ripple blanket last week.

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  126. I've just found your blog, joined Facebook, its amazing. A man who can crochet and what colours. Can't wait to read future posts. Amanda

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  127. Hi Matt
    Your blanket is absolutely beautiful!! I was wondering if you make chain 1 at the sides or just clusters of three dc. I love your blanket and would like to start of one elmer blanket of my own asap.
    Thanks for sharing
    Monika

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    1. Hey Monika!
      Yes, I do a chain in between each cluster and two chains in each of the corners. It's not essential though and will work out just fine with out the chains.
      Matt xx

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  128. Hey there, I will be so pleased if my blanket could turn out nearly as beautiful as yours!! Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  129. Hello Matt! I love your blanket and I would like to know the method you use to join all the granny squares. I 'm doing a similar one and i don't undersatnd how i can do it. Many colours and many options. Thank you.

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  130. Hi Matt,
    I've just started getting into crochet (but a very avid knitter!) and seeing this granny blanket has inspired me to do something! I just need to work my yarn collection before I start buying more to make one! (All my yarn seems to be really dark colours which I don't fancy for a blanket!)
    I was wondering, what size are the squares you make? (I've heard it's hard to keep tension as the squares get bigger!)
    Keep up the good work!
    Amelia :) x

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  131. Wow, I love it, it's my favourite granny patchwork so far, definitely. I'd love to know what the 27 colours are that you used; any chance you could list them? I was going to do a patchwork with a 'Lucy pack', like your first one, but I'm definitely going to out in a few more colours having seen this latest one. Off to Masons next click! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  132. Soooo beautiful!! what technique you used to attach the squares?
    Greetings from Spain!!

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  133. Uh...so, this is my comment virginity--on any blog---haha but you're so worth it! I totally get what you did with the stripe blanket when you pulled it out to make the original granny blanket...and I usually have more than one project going because of that. I had just started making granny squares within a month or so after a couple years of crocheting. Then...it happened...I saw your blanket and fell in loooovveee...so, I'm currently about 40 squares in...since yesterday..because I'm so in love with your blanket I have to try to make one of my own! Gorgeous!! Thanks for revamping my crocheting desire!
    Katie

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  134. Matt - I am in love with these blankets, particularly the second one. I can see that you used a "Lucy pack" of colors and you specifically mentioned adding Denim, Grape and Teal. Do you possibly remember the names of the rest of the colors? You are such an inspiration!

    Teresa

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  135. A beautiful job indeed. That's a happy blanket. I look at it and feel happy. :)

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  136. Beautiful!! I love the second "darker" version you made for yourself!! Oh and those pillows look amazing with it!!! I have what feels like a million and 1 scraps from finished projects... maybe this is the project I should use them up with!?!? LOL!

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  137. Una manta espectacular, que maravilla de colorido!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  138. Absolutely STUNNING blanket - I much prefer the intensity of your second blanket - I'm a newbie to crochet, and a blanket is my next mission! I'm planning on making a smaller blanket but with bigger squares as I think that's more achievable for me!

    Also, I know you're probably uber busy, but is there any chance you could list the Stylecraft colours you've included as I love your combination!

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  139. Absolutely STUNNING blanket - I much prefer the intensity of your second blanket - I'm a newbie to crochet, and a blanket is my next mission! I'm planning on making a smaller blanket but with bigger squares as I think that's more achievable for me!

    Also, I know you're probably uber busy, but is there any chance you could list the Stylecraft colours you've included as I love your combination!

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  140. Hey Matt, same question as María José12 February 2013 15:26

    Which method did you use to join your squares? I cannot decide on mine :P

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  141. I've discovered your blog today and I love it! I adore your blanket and just ordered 18 Stylecraft yarn, I can't wait until they arrive (though it could take a little while as I'm based in Oz). Keep up the good work, your ideas are fabulous :)

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  142. so i was looking the posts, and i somehow (not sure if it's just me) kinda saw a heart shape-tho it's not really even :p - in the darker coloured blanket. hehe.. and i found it awesome, coz it's not intentional. totally gorgeous. :D

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    1. It's funny that you noticed! i thought it was just me also :-) It was totally accidental, but maybe my love of crochet just got the better of me and transcended into the blanket :-)

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  143. Hi Matt, first off I would like to say "Great Job". I am starting a blanket for my younger daughter who totally fell in love with it the minute I showed her. She also fell in love with the pillows that you have made to go with the blanket. Can you provide me with the pattern or the site where you may have gotten it from? Thanking you so much for your help in advance!

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  144. Hi Matt, first off let me start by saying "Job well done". I am in the process of starting one for my younger daughter who totally fell in love with it the minute she saw it. We have chosen the color palette and I am on my way to starting. My question is, can you give me the pattern to the pillows you also crocheted that you put on the bed with this blanket or the site where you may have gotten it from? My daughter said that she wants one of each on her bed. Thanking you for this great piece of art. keep up the good work!!

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    1. Hey Idelta! Thanks for the lovely comment! The pillow is a version of the blooming flower pillow. I used the pattern by Lucy from Attic24. Here is a link to the pattern
      http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/blooming-flower-cushion.html
      Hope that helps xxx

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  145. Hi Matt,
    Just found your blog today. I must say you are one talented man. So admire your talent across the board. Only wish I lived in Germany too and I could be your neighbor and you could teach me all your tips! Alas, I'm stuck here on Vancouver Island in beautiful Victoria, BC. If I win the million I'll come watch you perform and hopefully get to see all your projects too. Keep up the good work. Cheers from across the world. Teri

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  146. What a colorful blog!...love it!
    Kisses from argentina!

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  147. Great work there Matt! Love them both - any chance you can post your pattern for square, border and the gorgeous pillow :)

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  148. You have inspired me to learn crochet and make a blanket myself. I am trying to figure out how many squares I will need. Mine are a bit small at 3.5 inches. How big ate your granny squares? And what size is the bed your blanket fit? Your blanket is beautiful I hope mine well be too.

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  149. I love the simplicity of it and wonder why I never thought of trying that!! Your squares are so symmetrical and perfect! Nice job! I love both blankets, each has it's own charm!!

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  150. A friend shared this beautiful blanket photo with me so had been searching for the source of it and the lovely round cushion. You have created something wonderful.

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  151. I have been looking at your blanket and it is beautiful. Since you did the join as you go after all the square were made, I assumed that when you crocheted the squares initially, you left a fairly long tail that would disappear once you joined the squares. Is that correct? I am gathering about 18 inches?

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  152. What size yarn did you use?

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  153. What color did you use to join all of your squares?! It is done so flawlessly I can't even tell! I started one today. 5 squares down, 670 to go ;)

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  154. Hi Matt, Just wondering if you could give me some direction with your three wonderful pillow cases, they are just absolutely stunning!

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    1. Hey Bev! Thanks for the comment, it#s really kind of you :-)
      The big circular pillow was made using the Blooming flower tutorial over at Attic24. I adapted the pattern a little to fit my rather large pillow and used Stylecraft DK to make it. Here's a link to my original post about it:
      http://accordingtomatt.blogspot.de/2011/08/cushions-and-jam-jars.html

      Heres the square pillow shown to the left of the circular pillow. It was a really easy make just using single coloured granny squares.

      http://accordingtomatt.blogspot.de/2012/05/granny-square-button-cushion.html

      Finally the cushion on the far right was one of the first projects I made. Its a granny square pillow, but with each square consisting of multiple changes of colour.

      http://accordingtomatt.blogspot.de/2011/06/happy-hooking.html

      I hope this helps you a little, if not hopefully the links to the original post may help as there are lots more pictures of the pillows to be seen.

      Matt xx

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  155. Hola matt me encanta las cosas que haces

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  156. I like this second one better, Matt. I feel the darker colors lead to an overall better look. It took me a lot of years to realize that black could lend needed accents and should be considered-I prefer darker hues-navy, plum, maroon like you have used in your blanket.

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  157. I'm making a similar blanket with the Stylecraft pack of 17 and as I see yours I'd like to add more colours ... Wich ones did you use ? Congratulations on the new look of your blog ...

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  158. Hi Matt! What a great blanket this is. I just ordered the Lucy pack and I'm hoping it will fit my daughter's double sized bed. You didn't mention if you needed extra yarn to do the border on the original blanket that you did for your friend. Do you think I will need to order more yarn? Could I also ask how you joined all the squares on each blanket, were both blankets joined the same way? I love the edge you did! What are those stitches called? It's just perfect and I'm hoping my daughter's will be equally beautiful in a few months. If you could tell me how you did it, I would really be grateful! Thank you!

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  159. Hi Matt, congratulation for your blanket, I wanted to do something like yours but I'm unable to find the 27 colour pack, can you give me the URL so I can buy online?

    Appreciate your help

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  160. I love your blanket & have used it as inspiration for my first blanket. Could you tell me how you joined the squares together? Many thanks from NZ

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  161. Hi Matt, love this blanket so much I'm making one for my husband! Can I just ask, what colour yarn did you use when you joined the squares?

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  162. I love this blanket. I decided to do one myself after seeing your's.I have a question if I may......How did you connect the squares together?

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