The pattern called for four panels that you seam up afterwards. I made five -- either my gauge was off, or this yarn curled more than usual, because my blanket was narrower than I wanted it to be.
Aren't the cables pretty? I love how soft and thick this blanket turned out, since you knit two balls of yarn at one time.
I also crocheted an easy border around the edge to prevent it from curling even more.
I just did single crochet around one time, then a simple shell stitch on the next round.
This was actually a breeze to make once I got cracking on it. The pattern is easy to memorize and since you're making the blanket in strips, it seems to go faster -- imagine just making five long scarves instead of a blanket!
The best part about this project was that I made most of it while hanging out with my mom. She had no idea what was going on with that gray yarn and needles -- most of the time it really did look like a scarf.
Imagine her surprise when I gave her the finished blanket as part of her Mother's Day gift!
Remember when you were little and brought home artwork from school? Or a lopsided pottery dish? Well, I don't think I've ever outgrown the thrill of giving someone a handmade gift despite my age.
And I don't think my mom has outgrown receiving a handmade gift either.