Heart recovery blanket

Heart recovery blanket

My most recent yarn project is a lap blanket I made my mother-in-law to keep her company while she waits for and then recovers from heart surgery. A warm and cozy blanket can keep her comfortable when Tom and I can’t be there.

Originally, I set out to make a shawl for the Alzheimer’s Resource Center, but the more I crocheted the more confident I grew. Decreasing isn’t so difficult, after all! I followed Beth’s pattern.


Tom picked out the yarn. It’s the color Jazz Stripe (#800) from “I Love This Yarn!”


I used just under 8 skeins – just under 2,016 yards – and worked with a size H hook.


The final dimensions were 29.5″ x 49.5″. I didn’t have a plan for the size when I began. Corner-to-corner blankets are nice in that you can decide on both length and width as you go. I crocheted a few rows, then spread it out on my lap to test the size. I wanted to make sure it was big enough to tuck under LuAnn’s feet and still come up to her waist.


Mona was not keen to give this one up, but it’s not really a blanket unless it comes with a little bit of husky love (and fur).