Wrapped in Love with a Heavy Blanket
Blankets and calm and sooth a person. Let me share some of what I learned and, of course, some free patterns too!
An interesting thing happened to me a couple weeks ago. As summer changed to fall, my flannel sheets and heavy comforter came out of the closet and onto the bed. It was the best night’s sleep that I had in several months. I never woke up or turned over once the whole night.
I didn’t give it too much thought that I was enjoying better sleep until I stumbled across an article on the internet about weighted blankets. It was the first time that I had ever heard that term, so it caught my eye. What I learned is that heavy weighted blankets can help people with Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID). This is a condition that can be associated with autism and learning disabilities. The weighted blanket has a soothing and calming effect that can possibly help people with this disorder.
Well, the more I thought about it, the more I realized how true this can be. My son has ADHD, his foot never stops moving, and yet he cannot sleep unless he is wrapped from head to toe in a heavy blanket, no matter the time of year.
Then I remembered being young myself and piling blankets 6 deep on my bed each night. Not because I was cold, because it just made me feel secure. It was only recently in life when those dreaded hot flashes began that I started not sleeping with extra blankets. Maybe I’ll keep piling on the blankets and just turn that thermostat down more in the summer.
To me, nothing says love more than a hand-crocheted blanket. I am currently working on two made with the Bernat Big Blanket yarn. The teal one above is a simple single crochet in the back loops only (idea inspired by another Crochet Crowder). The other blue one is the Tunisian Honeycomb blanket.
Who know you know that needs to be wrapped in love?
- Big Colorful Throw this one could be backed and lightly stuffed like a quilt between each motif.
- Tunisian Honeycomb Blanket a beautiful stitch that creates a dense fabric.
- Wool-Eater Blanket any blanket that with a name like this has to be heavy.
- Corner 2 Corner but make it even heavier by using a double strand with the smallest hook you can manage.
- Retro Circles anything solid will be heavy when you use a bulky yarn.
- Aran Hearts Throw heavy throw, yet very pretty in design.
- Basketweave Afghan this texture is very popular as a heavy blanket.
- 24 Day Log Cabin Afghan a square a day will get this heavy afghan done in time for the cold weather.
- Kaleidoscope beautiful, colorful and dense. another blanket that would be great to be lined and quilted for extra weight.
Be creative! 🙂 – Jeanne – The Crochet Crowd