So fall is in the air and what better time to start a massive crochet project?
Uh...well, it would probably be better to start one when there aren't so many holidays and other demands on a mom's time!
Still, fall and winter bring out that "let's make afghans" side of me. (It's the "autumn feels", ya know.)
Why not make a whole bedspread??
A whole queen size bedspread?
Like, right now!
Okay, this wasn't a totally random idea. I've been wanting a new bedspread/coverlet for awhile and haven't been able to find just the right one. I really like the ones with "waffle" texture, but it seems like my size is always sold out whenever I can afford to buy one.
So with that as my justification for starting TWO projects at the same time, I went ahead and picked out my yarn colors and spent way too many hours looking at stitches and patterns to decide which one to make.
Of course, my first idea was a waffle stitch in all grey. But then my daughters all decided THEY wanted "waffle blankets". I did not want to make four in a row using the same stitch. (And honestly the thought of doing that one stitch in one color that size sounded boring)
I had already started the afghan in granite stitch, and really, really loved the way it has such a tight weave when done. That's what I want for a bedspread...something tight and durable. But also something that forms to the shape of the bed. I want a cover that comes down to the floor on both sides AND the end and doesn't poof out at the corners like most comforters do.
(Another good reason to make my own--custom size and shape!)
I decided to use these colors because (of all things) I bought some dishtowels last year with the same colors and a similar pattern and they have been one of my favorite purchases ever. The colors look so modern and clean to me.
I'm not kidding when I say I'm really challenging myself here. 4 afghans and a bedspread? And not a lot of stitch variety between them. I will really have to work hard to not get distracted by brighter, shinier projects until I'm done!
Also, granite stitch is basically all single crochets. For those who don't speak crochet, its a lot of tiny stitches. But I really think it will look so good on the bed when it is done. No more having to see under the bed!
You can see in the photo above it looks like it is woven, so I don't have worry about the non-matchy sheets showing through any lacy holes. :D
Materials and Stuff
If you are interested in making something similar, here is what I am using:
Red Heart acrylic yarn in:
(No actual "pattern". I just chained as wide as I wanted it with my main color (Grey Heather) and am adding stripes at random in the other three colors.)
I'm sure it would work up lovely in any type of yarn, but I'm trying to keep it budget friendly (gonna be a lot of yarn!) and love the near indestructible nature of acrylic yarn.
Its definitely not a "done in a weekend" sort of stitch or project, but it is really easy to do. (If you put it down awhile you can pick it right back up, no need to remember your place in a pattern).
Check back some day...I will probably post an update when I at least get half way done. (If I can still type by then, haha.)
SO tell me...have you ever (or would you ever) crochet a whole bedspread? If you have, how did it go?