I gifted a hand knitted merino wool blanket to my sister Danielle for Christmas last year. The pattern started off from Purl Bee and evolved into my own design with knitted borders to both long edges. Danielle said she liked stripey blankets and she got just that. I knitted some borders with a whole ball of yarn and then others smaller with yarn in my stash.It was all knitted in Debbie Bliss Rialto DK in red, duck egg, apple, dark lavender, bluebell, pink plus another I can't remember! It took me just under 5 months to knit and I finished it at midnight (or just about) on the 23rd December 2014! I started it early but because I added to the plain design it took a little longer.
If you want to make one yourself I cast on 135 stitches onto size 4.5mm circular needed. Each and every row is knitted making it the perfect tv companion project and at the beginning I took it to work until it got too heavy. You don't have to use merino, I'd like to try my next one in Women's Institute yarn from Hobbycraft - its on offer 3 for 2!