Blanket Crochet

A blanket crochet is a beautiful collectible item, often passed down generations as a family heirloom. Creating blanket crochet is fun & interesting but, at the same time, is picked by many with a profit motive. With a number of practical purposes and also being known for their collectability, blanket crochet styles will always be popular.

Making blankets with crochet is quite a difficult task and requires a skill, along with aptitude.

You can create blanket crochet with either single coloured threads or multi-coloured yarns. You can also use different coloured yarns to create beautiful multi-coloured geometric stripes and patterns. There are many free e-books and tutorials, which provide a lot of helpful information in completing your blanket crochet project.

The basic materials required to create blanket crochet are yarns, of the material and colour you want; crochet hooks, needles, a measuring tape and scissors.

Blanket Crochet Yarn - very important!

The yarn is one of the most important things in this set of items, giving you the choice between cotton, wool, synthetic or jute yarn. Soft wool has a great feel to it, making it ideal for blanket crocheting. Depending on the kind of yarn you pick for your project, you need to pick the ideal hook. Steel hooks go best with soft and fine wool and cotton; wooden hooks are used for jute and thick wool, while plastic & aluminium hooks are needed for synthetic yarns.

You can also create blankets by combining different kinds of yarns, made of different materials.

The other aspect of a blanket crochet hobby is collecting these blankets and creating a colourful and large collection. Some of these blankets are extremely expensive, especially when they are either old or have been owned by famous people. In either case, the condition of the blanket is a major determining factor for the price of the item.

Collecting these blanket crochet items means that you need to scour flea markets and garage sales for some good options. While you can also go to antique stores and other specialized stores that hold rugs or blankets, you are likely to get a better bargain in the local markets than in established stores. Unless you have a really big bank balance, going in for designer blanket crochet items, or those that are famous for some reason, may not be the ideal choice.

When collecting or creating blanket crochet items, it is important to take good care of them at all times.

You need clean your blanket crochet items with lukewarm water and mild soap. Dust can damage the yarn over time and if you are storing them away, make sure you get adequate protection against moths and other insects that can damage your blanket, as can other natural elements like dust, light and moisture.

There are many resources over the Internet or in the form of books, manuals and other materials that are ideal for those who are just beginning in the hobby or looking to take it to the next level. If you are looking for something fun to do, which requires a little bit of skill to give you something pleasant, colourful and pretty, blanket crochet items are ideal for you.

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