Cozy up under the Tea Time Throw, a mindful and relaxing project that produces a gorgeous solid granny square blanket. The pattern is unique and beginner-friendly using soft and light aran yarn with colours that are rich and vibrant, just like our Kenyan tea!
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About this solid granny square blanket
The Tea Time Throw is inspired by the Kenyan Tea “Chai” Culture. Kenyan culture tends to embrace different cultures (with for than 40 tribes claiming it as home) into it. Tea is a holdover from the British Colonial years but the preparation is borrowed from Indian culture. In Kenya, chai mostly refers to tea with milk and sugar. Some (like me) like it spicing it with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger or lemon grass (my favourite)!
Chai is served at breakfast, mid-morning, after (or with) lunch, afternoon, after dinner!! Basically, any time is tea time, thus the name for my crochet blanket.
One of the things I missed during the pandemic was getting invites for tea. Most people make a litre of tea (or more) in the morning, put it in a thermos flask in preparation for the day, and if you receive guests. And these might not be even people you know, most tea invites are for strangers or people passing by.
What size should a throw blanket be?
A typical throw blanket is smaller than your bedding since it’s meant to be for partial coverage and decoration. The Tea Time Throw for instance measures 42 inches by 52 inches, perfect for a snuggle on the couch. The standard crochet throw blanket dimensions are 52 inches by 60 inches. However, throw blankets come in other sizes as well. You can easily customize the size of this blanket by adding more rounds to your granny squares.
How do you make a granny square throw?
A granny square throw is made using granny squares. Make granny squares and join them together. The best place to start is with a solid granny square or classic granny square. After that, add a nice border to tie up the design together and there you have it.
How many granny squares do you need to make a throw blanket?
You will first need to decide on the type of granny square you will use for your blanket. After that, the size of the squares will help you determine how many you’ll make.
About the yarn
Most people know that worsted weight/ aran yarn is my least favourite yarn to work with but was I in for a surprise with Paintbox Aran yarn!
It is so soft and light, and the colours so rich and vibrant! Apart from that, the pattern itself, made from solid granny squares, is simple, satisfying and you can make them anywhere.
Now that the cooler months are approaching, the Tea Time Throw is the perfect project for those calm nights and will keep you warm and cozy once you’re done.
Find Paintbox Aran Yarn here.