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The one thing I have learned about crocheting is that there’s a lot of left over yarn.  Whenever I plan a new project, I try to figure out how much yarn I will need to complete it before running off to stock up.  And it’s occurred to me that no matter how much I plan, I either buy way too much yarn or not enough.  Why can’t it ever be just the right amount?

The very first project that I made was the Sunburst Granny Blanket.  I was sure that I had the right amount of yarn to complete the project, but I had to go back to the craft store two more times to finish it!  Then, of course, as luck would have it, I had too much and, as a result, had lots of leftover pieces.

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Eager to get started on the next project, I put the leftover yarn away and moved on.  After completing several blankets though, I realized that I needed to do something to get rid of the extra yarn that was piling up.  This blanket was the result of that.

I started to take inventory of what I had and what colours would work well together.  I had several skeins of the cream colour, so I decided to use that to separate each of the colours.  Since most of the colours I had previously worked with were quite bright, I knew the cream colour with lessen the intensity of the finished product.  Next, I began to sort the yarn by volume.  Obviously, the inner rounds of the blanket will take much less yarn than the larger rounds, so I put the leftover balls of yarn in order from smallest to largest and started to crochet in that colour order.

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This blanket requires very little in terms of crochet know-how.  I started with a basic granny square and kept building on it until I felt it was large enough.

Wooly Wonders Crochet does a fantastic video on how to make this blanket.  This is where I got the inspiration for this one.  It’s a YouTube video, so it’s easy to follow along with and you can stop, backtrack, and play again with ease.

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This particular blanket is now owned and loved by my coworkers’ daughter.  That reminds me; she asked for a pink and white version of this!  I’d better get to it!

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