This is a great question that I get from a lot of my followers!
I designed the 6-Day Kid Blanket when I was in graduate school at the University of Hawai‘i, and I didn’t have a lot of time for hobbies. I didn’t ever have any intention of being a crochet ‘designer’ or blogger, in fact blogging wasn’t really even a thing at the time. Ravelry had just started. I made things for friends and family, and I often didn’t follow patterns, I made my own stuff to give away.
I had made baby blankets for most of the babies in the family. When my sister had her first grandchild, I was in grad school, and I think he was almost one year old before I got around to making him a blanket. I chose a stitch pattern I liked from 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns by Jan Eaton and started making a small blanket for my grand-nephew, who was no longer a baby, but who was already a toddler (hence “kid blanket” as opposed to “baby blanket.”)
I only had time to work on projects for a couple of hours at night in my down time, in front of tv shows or movies before going to bed. I was able to complete the blanket for my grand-nephew in six easy days of crochet.
So my original blanket, made for a toddler, using super bulky weight yarn and starting with a chain of 105 made a very small blanket, about 36×33″. When it was finished, I thought, this is pretty nice! I should publish it on that new Ravelry thingy! I never thought 10 years later thousands of blankets would have been made from my pattern.
By including the formula of 17+3 in the pattern, I enabled people to make the blanket in larger sizes. I have to give this disclaimer however that to make a larger blanket than the original toddler version, it will probably take you longer than 6 days.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR BLANKET IN 6 DAYS
After helping tons of crocheters make blankets through my Facebook Group I can tell you that making a larger-than-toddler sized blanket in six days is absolutely possible, but here are some tips to help you complete your blanket in six days.
- Use the chart given in the pattern to make a blanket that starts with no more than 122 chains, 139 if you are a fast crocheter and have a lot of time in those six days to work on your blanket. If you are slow, or you just have a couple of hours to crochet, make a blanket on 105.
- Use heavier yarn to make a bigger blanket.
- Use self-striping yarn like Caron Cakes or make your blanket one color so you don’t have a lot of ends to weave in.
- Always take the time to stop and stretch, do some hand and arm yoga, and admire your work when crocheting in long sessions.
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