I spent New Year's Eve and New Year's Day joining the 42 swatches together with a single crochet stitch. It works just fine. It's neither the best nor the worst method. This blanket is acrylic as it's for charity and has to be machine washer friendly. It's very, very warm. In fact as I was working with it on my lap, I kept shedding articles of clothing (no worries - nothing indecent)
Now I have begun crocheting the border and weaving in the loose ends as I go. I am happy with the way this blanket turned out. I have some more Warm Up America swatches and will continue to make charity blankets until they're all used up. For this blanket I knit the following 20 swatches to tie the theme together:
- red/purple heart swatches
- purple cross stitch heart swatches - that you can't really see here
- the striped swatches
- the four-square swatches
The other 22 swatches were donated. I really wanted the charity blankets to have a theme and not just be a jumble of totally random swatches and colors. I thought this would be more endearing to the recipient. I plan to make a few children's blankets next. Stay tuned. This might be my January project as long as I can stick with it.
In the end, these will all be donated to the Jackson Recovery Centers Women and Children's Center in Sioux City, Iowa. If you'd like to find out how you can help. Please visit the JRC WCC Auxiliary page HERE.