Shell Stitch Crochet Blanket
As part of my 2018 goals, I won't use the word resolutions because I am not a fan, but as part of my 2018 goals to try new things, I crocheted my first ever project, a shell stitch blanket!
Years ago, my mom and I took a crochet class at Joann's. I learned how to make a slip stitch and single crochet. I bought balls and balls of pink and brown yarn and began obsessively crocheting granny squares to one day sew together into an afghan. As you may have guessed, that day never came. After completing what seemed like hundreds but what was probably more like 50, granny squares, I just stopped. I'm not sure if I got busy or was just plain over it, but I stopped.
I brought the granny squares, yarn, and crochet hook with me when I moved into a new apartment and promptly found a home for them in the garage only to be thrown out in our next move.
Cut to five? six? years later. It is 2018 and I am determined to try new things. At the top of the list is crochet a blanket. I look on Yelp for crochet classes, because I don't even remember how to slip stitch, and I find a few in the LA area but none specific to what I want to do. Beanies? Socks? Baby blankets? No thank you. I was interested in a chunky blanket. So I turned my attention to YouTube. Watched a few tutorials, figured I was ready and bought the most expensive yarn I could find because it was the only one that had the exact olive-y mustard-y color I wanted. And how many balls would it take to make a throw blanket anyway? 5? 6? HAH, how little I knew.
Anyway, I got the balls, I watched the tutorial and I crocheted maybe 6 inches of a blanket. I quickly realized this was going to be a very expensive project but I pressed on and bought 5 more balls of yarn. Once those were used I realized, the proportions of my blanket were a little off. So, I started over. I made it the right length and was seeing progress.
Then I found a different crochet tutorial. One for a shell stitch. I fell in love with the pattern and started over, again. All in all, I just about 20 balls of yarn but hey, I now have the blanket of my dreams that I will probably only admire because let's face it, I don't know how to wash this thing and Mia's hair sticks to it like a magnet. Mia is my dog. So, here it is, my first ever completed crochet project!