Sunday, May 9, 2010

Crochet Edged Fleece Blanket

This is a simple way to add a personal touch to a fleece blanket.  I found this video that does a really good job of explaining how to make the foundation trim around the fleece blanket. 

Here's what I did...


Fleece - I cut the fleece into a square of 30 x 36
Yarn of a corresponding color

How to:

1. First you need to measure and cut the holes into the fleece, for the crochet hook. I used a small pair of scissors and just made a small snip.  3/8" apart about 1/2" in from the edge.  If you want to do these little cuts easier, Project Linus sells a rotary blade that does the trick.  I just recently bought one for future blankets.:)

As a note, Project Linus is a charity that gives handmade blankets to children that are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. They are accepting new handmade blankets to give away.  A blanket like this would be a wonderful donation for such a needy cause.  In fact, the video above, was from Project Linus.

2.  Next, I crocheted in the foundation row, exactly as they showed in the video. (Except for the corner, I sc, ch and sc on the same hole the previous sc used).

3.  So, for the next two rows, crochet ch3, and slip stitch on 3rd from first ch or last slip stitch.  I used this pattern all the way around the blanket for two rows on the second row, I did the slip stitch in the ch 3 space.

4.  Last row, I made a fan design by doing 4 dc in the previous row's ch 3 space, then a slip stitch on the previous row's slip stitch.

That's it.  A simple border to make a fleece blanket a little more personal.  Don't forget to check out Project Linus.