March 19, 2008

Crocheting Edges on Baby Blankets

I will show you how to crochet edges on baby blankets. This is a basic fleece blanket you can get for a couple of dollars at Walmart. It is 30 x 40 inches in dimension. It has a blanket stitch running around the perimeter of the blanket. It is on this blanket stitch that we are going to attach our crochet work.

How to crochet edges on baby blankets is very simple. It is not an exact science and that is okay. Your blanket may differ slightly from the one shown above. But the overall process will be the same.

I am using an acrylic worsted weight Redheart yarn and a size G crochet hook.

First you will attach your yarn to the blanket stitch with a slip stitch and then ch 1 (chain one). You will then sc (single crochet) in each stitch of your blanket stitch all the way around the blanket. I added a few extra stitches in the corners so the blanket would lay flat. Again this is not an exact science, but a good way to do this would be make 2 sc in one blanket stitch, then only 1 sc in the next stitch (repeat this three or four times in each corner).

Once you are all the way around your blanket then attach to the first stitch with a slip stitch. This ends Row 1

Row 2 will be your scalloped edge.
To create scallop: From your slip stitch you want to sk 2 st (skip two stitches--the sc in Row 1) and dc (double crochet) into the third stitch. You are going to double crochet into this same stitch a total of five times. This becomes your scallop. Then you are going to sk (skip) 2 sc (from Row 1) and sc (single crochet) into the third stitch from where you put all of your double crochet stitches.

You are going to repeat this scallop all the way around your blanket. Before you actually get all the way to the end, you may want to count your stitches and be sure that you are going to end evenly. If not, I would make a few scallops by skipping only one single crochet (in Row 1) here and there until you see that you will end evenly. No one will notice this adjustment and you will NOT have to count your stitches when you sc (makes for very easy crocheting).

When you are all the way around, attach your last scallop with your first and finish off.

Your finished product will be a beautiful gift that was made in only a fraction of the time that a traditional afghan would have been made. Hopefully you can see that crocheting edges on baby blankets is simple and easy and this idea can be applied to just about anything ready-made. What else can you add a crocheted edge to?
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7 Comments, Leave a Comment:

Thanks so much! Is there some way to join two pieces of fabric using a similar technique? If so, could you post it?

Thank you so much, I am a beginner crocheter and your instructions were so easy and I finally did a scalloped edge. I will definitely check out your patterns. I really appreciate you taking the time to explain this so that I could understand it. I am making washcloths for Christmas since I lost my job, and wanted a pretty edge.

What did you use to make the holes for the crochet hook?

Thanks! This is exactly what I was looking for. My piece of fleece does not yet have blanket stitching around it; but I will get out my yarn needle and do that first.

You can use a wing needle on a sewing machine as well to make holes in fabric that doesn't already have the blanket stitch.

Another suggestion is to use a rotary quilting cutter and purchase the new blades that are now in stores for making slits along the sides of the blankets. By using this, you can purchase any piece of unfinished flannel and crochet a border of any size right into the blanket. I was recently given one of these new blades to tryout and have made blankets for adults and babies using flannel and fleece. It is a wonderful tool to have around if you are more interested in crocheting than sewing. :)

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