The story of the knitted sky blanket

The story of the sky blanket - This Little Space of Mine

My sky blanket is finished! I want to shout from the rooftops – Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music style. 14 months of knitting and I have a beautiful blanket that I will treasure for years to come and look at with a smile on my face.

To do justice to this project I want to share the story and photos of how my blanket grew. It makes for a bit of a read, so I’ll forgive you if you just want to scan through the photos!

The story of the sky blanket - This Little Space of Mine

The story of the sky blanket - This Little Space of Mine

First things first, what is a sky blanket? Adapted from Laura at Bugs and Fishes blanket, the idea was simply to knit a square every day for a year based on the colour of the sky at midday. With a pallet of 5 colours I could pick 2 different colours or 2 of the same. I opted to use Stylecraft Special DK, as it’s affordable, durable and kind to work with. Based on Laura’s concept, I opted for White, Dark Grey, Silver, Aster and Cloud Blue. It’s all down to interpretation of the colour of the sky, so I ended up rarely using Dark Grey.

Each square was made using Moss stitch; a beautiful stitch and while a little time consuming, I’m so pleased I decided to challenge myself to use this stitch. Using 6mm knitting needles I cast on 16 stitches and worked 22 rows before casting off. For a full tutorial head over to my old blog for a step-by-step guide. Each square measured approximately 10x10cm, so the completed blanket comfortably covers a double bed. A row accounts for 18 squares, across 21 rows.

I spent a total of £67.60 on 40 balls of yarn – 12 in White, 5 in Dark Grey, 11 in Silver, 5 in Aster and 7 in Cloud Blue. That being said, I had a few balls of yarn left over which I’ve now given to my friend Tam for her crochet 2015 sky blanket. Is that a lot of money? I don’t think it is; you only have to look at the cost of throws on the high street to know how costly they can be.

Still with me? Cool, thanks. Here’s the story, broken down into each quarter of the year and with lots of photos as the blanket grew…

January – March 2014

The beginning of any project is the most exciting and, teamed up with the cold weather, I really enjoyed seeing the blanket begin to grow. Completing the first row of 18 squares was a big deal and I couldn’t wait for the next day so I could knit the next square. I was talking to a sky blanket group on Ravelry and my friends Ella, Charlie and I were all working on our own style blanket. I’d get excited about new colour combinations too – light blue and light grey being my favourite.

The story of the sky blanket - This Little Space of Mine

By the end of March I’d finished five rows, Freds had fallen in love with it (the inevitable) but was starting to get frustrated that it wasn’t a project I would ever be able to keep up with.

The story of the sky blanket - This Little Space of Mine

The story of the sky blanket - This Little Space of Mine

April – June 2014

At the beginning of April friends and I stayed in a cottage in Cornwall for a week and it gave me a good chance to relax and catch up. April 11th marked 100 squares in and I was definitely feeling more positive – especially with more and more blue skies appearing on my squares. I also got myself featured on Love Knitting’s blog talking about crafting and my sky blanket.

The story of the sky blanket - This Little Space of Mine

Sunshine also meant that I fell behind as the idea of knitting in the warmer weather wasn’t appealing…

July – September 2014

This period of the year was without a doubt the hardest; the idea of touching yarn, let alone knitting with two strands of yarn in the height of summer was stomach turning. You know that feeling of putting jeans on, on the hottest day of the year? That. So for that reason I fell quite far behind and lacked any motivation to knit. Though strangely when we were in Italy I did get a few squares done while sitting by the beautiful Lake Como.

The story of the sky blanket - This Little Space of Mine

Plus, though it may have been harder to knit it was also lovely to have so many blue squares made. And July 19th marked the 200th day of my sky blanket.

October – December 2014

Between these final few months of the year I actually started to begin to feel quite proud of what I’d achieved. I’d fallen quite far behind but just accepted that I would eventually finish it, even if it wasn’t at the end of 2014. Knowing I was close to the end spurred me on and I really noticed how much faster I was able to knit – which I’ve noticed even more as I’ve made other things this year.

Skyblanket update - This Little Space of Mine

Skyblanket update - This Little Space of Mine

And a few more photos for you…

The story of the sky blanket - This Little Space of Mine

The story of the sky blanket - This Little Space of Mine

Wow, what a project! I may have been quite negative about it at times, but boy oh boy am I proud of it. My proudest moment was taking the blanket (with about 2 rows to go) to show to my Nan and Grandad. Both were full of compliments and love for it; they mean the world to me and I was over the moon to hear their kind words. Full of love.

Finally, I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported me while I was making it! That might sound a little over the top, but seriously, all those words of encouragement and admiration for what I was doing made all the difference at those moments where I wasn’t feeling very positive about it.

Fancy taking on a project like this one day?! I’ve previously written some top tips for taking on a year long craft project, based on my experiences with the sky blanket.

Thanks for reading!


23 Comments on The story of the knitted sky blanket

  1. Louise
    12/03/2015 at 10:07 am (3 years ago)

    woohoo! I’m so happy to see this finished! what an achievement – now, go and have a nice glass of wine to celebrate 🙂

    • Leanne Beale
      12/03/2015 at 10:54 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Louise! I haven’t really stopped to celebrate, but perhaps I should. 🙂

  2. Ky
    12/03/2015 at 11:08 am (3 years ago)

    Ahh it looks amazing. Well done! Good job with the photos too, I really like the one of it rolled up. x

    • Leanne Beale
      12/03/2015 at 11:29 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Ky – yeh that one seemed to work out the best. The one on the chair outside isn’t amazing, but it made me laugh as Freds is actually hiding underneath it. 😉 xx

  3. jenny
    12/03/2015 at 2:38 pm (3 years ago)

    Woohoo congratulations on finishing it! I’ve really enjoyed reading about your progress on the blanket, and I envy your determination to complete it!I started a sky scarf last year, and i did so much of it but just stopped and I don’t think I will pick it up again at all, simply because a scarf isn’t that thought provoking and is incredibly boring to look at. So i thnk in a year or two I will attempt a blanket again which will be much more satisfying, particularly as yours has turned out so so beautiful! well done again and you’ve snapped some lovely pics of it 🙂 jenny xx

    • Leanne Beale
      12/03/2015 at 4:08 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Jenny, thanks for your kind words. 🙂 I know what you mean about scarf vs. blanket – blanket feels more like a keepsake. Maybe just aim to do something smaller then mine, to make your life easier! 😉 xx

  4. Katy
    12/03/2015 at 4:34 pm (3 years ago)

    It looks wonderful and such a great project to finish. Congrats!!! X

    • Leanne Beale
      12/03/2015 at 5:27 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Katy! 🙂

  5. Carie
    13/03/2015 at 12:31 am (3 years ago)

    oh it’s gorgeous! And such a lovely story behind it too – all the skies of 2014!

    • Leanne Beale
      13/03/2015 at 9:08 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you Carie. 🙂 xx

  6. Kate
    13/03/2015 at 4:36 pm (3 years ago)

    This is such a gorgeous blanket Leanne! I love the shades of blue you picked and while it’s been a labour of love it’s most definitely worth it! x

    • Leanne Beale
      16/03/2015 at 8:07 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Kate! 🙂 I love the colours too xx

  7. Zoe - floral and feather
    13/03/2015 at 6:00 pm (3 years ago)

    It’s amazing, I’ve been so looking forward to seeing it finished!! Now you can treasure it for years to come 🙂 xx

    • Leanne Beale
      16/03/2015 at 8:16 am (3 years ago)

      Aww, thanks Zoe! 🙂 xx

  8. Nan
    14/03/2015 at 12:01 pm (3 years ago)

    Leanne, how motivating you are! Lovely, just lovely. Love Freds as well. My dear Momma used to knit afghans and gave them away to friends and family. I treasure mine for sure and even more now that she’s passed on. This is just as special with daily or near your daily 😉 efforts. I only know a basic knitting stitch and only made things like scarfs previously. I think I need to make this. Thank you so much for your inspiration.

    • Leanne Beale
      16/03/2015 at 8:17 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you for a lovely message – so sweet and I agree, knitting can be treasured – both the finished items and the memories of making things with loved ones. I’d definitely recommend picking it up again. 🙂 x

  9. Louisa
    19/03/2015 at 10:29 pm (3 years ago)

    Ooh well done on finishing it! It looks fab as well and will definitely be something to cherish over the years 🙂 xx

    • Leanne Beale
      20/03/2015 at 11:58 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you Louisa! 🙂

  10. Ginny
    23/03/2015 at 2:01 pm (3 years ago)

    Beautiful how did you join your blanket I am making my granddaughter a blanket in style raft Each square has moss stich border and done in wisteria clematis and another mauve I did think of joining in emperor but would like it to be flat Don’t want it to be s UFO project best wishes

    • Leanne Beale
      23/03/2015 at 4:55 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Ginny, thanks for commenting! I sewed them together using a basic sewing stitch, using yarns from the ends of each blanket (I left approx. 20cm at the end of each square). Hope this helps and good luck with your blanket x

      • Ginny
        23/03/2015 at 6:51 pm (3 years ago)

        Thank you Leanne will let you know when finished x

  11. Amy
    06/02/2016 at 3:21 pm (2 years ago)

    I finished my Sky Blanket 2015 earlier this year and love it – it’s so nice to see what other people have made too!

    • Leanne Beale
      07/02/2016 at 9:36 am (2 years ago)

      Yours looks great, well done Amy! 🙂