EDIT: Please view part 2 of my blanket pattern for a different, square version of this blanket!
Last year, I finally decided to sit down and watch Breaking Bad before it started its fifth season. And I was kicking myself for not watching it sooner because it’s so good. Although watching four seasons in an unreasonably short amount of time is kind of one of my favorite hobbies, so I wasn’t complaining too much. I tried to get Michael to watch it for awhile but he wasn’t into it. When he finally did, he was just as hooked as I was!
I noticed there are a few crocheted blankets on the show:
This harlequin stitch afghan that Sarah London worked up a pattern for
…and this granny square stitch-style afghan seen in some promo shots and also on the White’s couch
While we are impatiently waiting for summer and the fifth-and-a-half/sixth, and FINAL (sad), season, Michael asked me to make the second afghan and I was more than willing. I had never made anything using the granny square stitch. Does that seem possible? It seems like that’s one of the easiest things to do but nope, I’ve never done it.
After a little research, I settled on using Erin Lindsey’s pattern that she posted on her blog. I will not be posting the entire pattern here out of respect for her, but she has a great tutorial with photos on how to start and continue the afghan. This was very easy, and I think our color choices were spot-on! I love them; they are sorta retro and totally in my favorite color scheme. I love brown!
After joining each round, I slip stitched twice to get to the ch 1 space in between the two clusters of the corner. If I was going to change to a new color, I would slip stitch once using the previous color, then insert hook, yarn over with the new color and pull through like a slip stitch. This will get you to the correct space and with the correct color.
If I were to do this again or give advice to anyone, I would definitely use less of a rectangular pattern than this. I think the original afghan is more square but I was already well into the afghan when I realized this and had no desire to rip it out and start over. I think I could do this by starting with fewer chains at the very beginning.
But overall, I am loving this afghan! This is the first I’ve made for us so it’s a little special. 🙂 The ch 1 spaces between each granny square stitch create a very lightweight afghan so it will be great for those cool spring mornings/nights.
On the back of the loveseat where James is now sleeping on top of it
Breaking Bad inspired afghan
Yarn: Color 1- Loops & Threads Impeccable, Pumpkin (3 balls); Color 2- Red Heart SuperSaver, Buff (2 balls); Color 3- Red Heart SuperSaver, Cafe Latter (2 balls); Color 4- Red Heart SuperSaver, Coffee (3 balls)
Hook: I, 5.5mm
Size: Fits on a queen size bed
For the actual pattern, please see Erin Lindsey’s blog. Follow her pattern with the following colors:
Start with color 1, do 9 rounds
Color 2: 10 rounds
Color 3: 5 rounds
Color 4: 3 rounds
Color 1: 4 rounds
Color 2: 5 rounds
Color 3: 2 rounds
Color 4: 5 rounds
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