Bavarian Crochet Blanket and a Bit of Love

I have a bunch of yarn that is different weights and colors, so I wanted to create a scrap blanket. I also wanted it to have a lot of texture so that the differences in the yarns would not be so pronounced. I decided to use the Bavarian stitch or Wool Eater (also sometimes called the Catherine Wheel, but it really is slightly different). It’s basically the biggest Granny Square I’ve ever made and it looks so intentional I think I can’t really call it a “scrap” blanket anymore. I’m finally finished with this little lovely and it’s time for the unveiling!

I’ve been asked a lot about how I designed this, I didn’t.  It’s a simple, repetitive stitch made completely from partial skeins of yarn. I used these instructions to learn the stitch and I just changed color with each completed round (which is really around twice!) to create the rainbow. I used yarn on hand so the next time I make one it will look different, just as yours will look different too. (My finished product was approximately 44 inches square and weighs 34 ounces. The skeins I mainly used (Caron Simply Soft) are 6 oz skeins. So, I needed just over 5.5 skeins to make this blanket. I’d buy 6 to be on the safe side. I used up partial skeins, that’s how I got so many colors in it. I’m working on a red, white and blue one now.)

BUT, here’s my secret . . . assume you are going to give it to someone you love.

The entire time I was working on this, I pictures my girls wrapped up, pleased as punch that it was their turn to use this blanket for movie night. And I picture my boy,  sunk into his bean bag, drenched in this kaleidoscope playing a game or reading a book. It forces me to put more thought into what I am doing, even when I’m using up my scraps. We are more successful when we have others in mind. We are kinder, gentler, nurturing, forgiving, patient, and loving.

My hands could be used for many things and through the years they have aged and will continue to do so. But the work that ruins these boney mitts, will be marked by my love for others.

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145 comment on “Bavarian Crochet Blanket and a Bit of Love”

  1. Gina Rush,

    Thank you, Madme! That’s kind of what I have been doing, but it sure does take some practice to perfect that technique. I find my finger getting a bit tender! *LOL*

  2. Gina Rush,

    MADME – I ran across your photographs of the blanket you did in the Bavarian stitch and just fell in love with it! My question to you is how on earth do you keep your stitches tight when you’re creating the clusters? I’ve tried different hook sizes, different tensions, and just cannot seem to keep all of the stitches the same size, always ending up with the first stitch becoming extremely stretched out. I’ve been crocheting for YEARS and have always battled this problem, but more so on this particular pattern!

    1. Comment author madme,

      Ah!! A good question indeed!!! When I am having this problem, I will use my right index finger and ‘choke’ the stitch up close to the hook, not letting it slide around on the shaft. I hope that makes sense.

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  5. Maureen,

    It is such a lovely blanket. Have just got some variegated wool to use in between my stash of plIn wool. Approximately how many balls or metres of wool does one need for a single bed throw?my wool is 8 ply acrylic. What size is a J hook? 5mm? Right now it is wishful thinking ..I am a grandma ! But will let you know how I go. Many thanks for sharing. God bless

    1. Comment author madme,

      Thank you Maureen, I would guess that for a single bed, you would need to triple the amount of yarn used for this throw. It is quite hefty now, and very warm so I can imagine it being a very cozy addition to a bed.

      A J hook is equivalent to a 6mm hook, most patterns that I’ve seen call for a tighter fabric but I’m quite happy with the drape of this slightly more open stitch.

  6. Gabriela,

    It is very beautiful! I just love it!
    Please, do you have a schetch of the pattern? It is easier for me to make it, for my daughters, after a pattern.

    Thank you!

    1. Comment author madme,

      In terms of weight. 5.5 skeins of yarn in terms of weight of yarn. Yes, there are actually several more colors in the blanket, but they were partial skeins. I just put that info in there so folks would be able to judge if they had enough yarn to complete the project with their partial and complete skeins.

    1. Comment author madme,

      It is just a repeated pattern. There is a bottom row and a top row to complete each set of wheels. And you just repeat bottom, top, bottom, top, until you are done.

  7. Mary,

    Please can you tell me – do you have the right side of the blanket facing when edging in yellow in single crochet. Does the bar of the stitch mean the same as the post of the stitch when doing the shells? It’s a lovely blanket which I just need to finish off. I hope you can help.
    Mary

    1. Comment author madme,

      Indeed the right side is facing front. The bar is not the same as the post. If you did a post stitch, you would see some of the yellow through the green below, using the bar just behind both top loops (it’s a single strand), makes the row of yellow links sit perfectly on top of the green. Let me know if you have more questions.

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