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.


Ladyaero said...

Danny, Bryce and I made blankets for Project Linus through the Give-A-Day, Get-A-Day program, but ours just had simple tied edges...I love the more finished, handmade look that the crocheted edges add, though.

Oh, and rotary cutters are AWESOME (got one for myself last Fall when I wanted to make my Grandpa a quilt- makes them SOOO much easier!). I don't let Danny use it yet, though, as I'm pretty sure he'd roll right over one of his fingers. :-)

Fe said...

That's great about the blankets you made for Project Linus, I bet they were much appreciated.

Oh, I love my rotary cutter, especially since I changed my blade. I have yet to use my rotary blade that does the perforated cuts (the one I purchased via Project Linus). Excited tho, and I think there will be more charity blankets in the near future. :)

Anonymous said...

This blanket is simply adorable. :-D

Fe said...

Thanks @Trojanlily. :D

Anonymous said...

I use an awl to punch holes in my fleece. Works good.

patpug6 said...

I'm not sure you can help me but I figured I would ask. I just crocheted two blankets for my nieces twin girls that are due to arrive in July. She lost her first born last year so I decided to crochet pastel rainbow blankets for each of the girls. I would like to add a minky fleece on the back of each of these blankets with a rainbow baby saying embroidered (which I have already ordered). Do you know if I would be able to crochet the minky fleece onto the crocheted blanket using the same or similar instructions?

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