Jun
6
2012

Edges for Fleece Baby Blankets

 

 

1) UNISEX BLANKET EDGE:

 

Materials:

-Scissors

-1 yard of fleece (or micro-fleece)

-1 skein of yarn ‘Simply Soft’ (in color matching your fabric)

-1 hook size either 1.3, or 1.4, or 1.5, or 1.6 (I would not recommend anything thicker than 1.6. I personally use 1.3) [Let’s call it a smaller hook]

-1 hook of any size between 3.25mm – 4.5 mm [ Let’s call it a larger hook]

 

Preparation: You need 1 yard of fleece. 1 yard makes two blankets (you can NOT buy just 1/2 yard, since 1/2 yard is narrow and long piece of fleece. 1 yard is wide and long. we need the latter). Fold 1 yard of fleece it in half like a book. Then cut it in half. This is 1/2 yard of fleece almost ready for crocheting:

Most likely you will need to cut off the factory border just like this. Working with scissors on fleece is easy since fleece does not fringe. (If you are using micro-fleece, it will fringe, but, trust me, ignore it. Your crocheted edge will be better than any surger or hem. In fact, I find micro-fleece blankets a lot easier to work with when poking holes)

Then, take hook size 1.3 – 1.6 mm  (usually a steel hook by Boye) and poke a hole. Stitches should be made at about 1/4 of an inch down from the edge to avoid ripping holes all the way through to the edge. If you look at your hook, you will see that it is very thin on the tip, but its diameter gets greater towards the middle of the hook where you hold it.  Try to poke a hole with the thin tip of the hook and then shove your hook into the hole up to the place where its diameter is larger. This will allow your hole to be large enough for working  your yarn through it.

 

Row 1: Single crochets (sc) around the perimeter of the blanket.

Place your stitches 1/6 to 1/4 inches apart from each other, be consistent. Do not make them farther apart because it will  ‘gather’ your fleece in ruffles. I do not instruct to have a certain number of stitches per side of the blanket. Make as many as fits. I have made over 30 fleece blanket edges and it has always looked nice, even if I had to spread the last motif or make it smaller. You are welcome to count stitches if you would like, I am just not as much of a perfectionist, so I don’t count them.

When you get to the corner, make 3 single crochet stitches (sc) into the corner hole just like on this picture:

Continue working sc around the blanket. Don’t forget to make 3 sc into each corner hole. When you get to the end of the row, connect the last and the first sc of the row with a slip stitch (ss).

 

Row 2:  (Switch to the larger hook. Continue working with larger hook to the end of the project) 3 ch, miss next sc, ss into next sc, (3 ch, miss next sc, ss into the next sc) repeat to the end of the row. Corners (see 2nd photo below): ss into the corner sc, 3 ch, ss into the same sc. End of the row: ss into the base of the first 3 ch of the row.

 

Row 3:  ss into the first of the 3 ch, ss into the second of the 3 ch, 4 ch, dc (double crochet) into the next 3-ch space, 1 ch, (dc into the next 3-ch space, 1 ch) repeat to the end of the row. Corners: (dc, ch, dc , ch, dc ) into the corner 3-ch space. At the end of the row, use ss to connect the last ch with the 3rd ch from the base of the row.

Row 4: (same as row 2) 3 ch, ss into dc, (3 ch ss into dc) repeat to the end of the row. Crochet corners in the same manner as the rest of the row, do not increase. End of the row: ss into the base of the first 3 ch of the row. Finish off.

This is what your blanket should look like.

 

 

2) ANOTHER UNIXES BLANKET EDGE:

This blanket edge has the same pattern as the blanket edge #1 with one additional row.

Follow instructions to the previous project to the end (rows 0 -4). There is one change in row 4, the corners: into the corner stitch: 3 ch, ss into the same corner stitch, 3 ch, ss into the next stitch, continue until the next corner. Repeat (3 ch, ss into the same stitch) into each corner stitch.

Do not finish off.

Row 5: (same as row 2 or row 4) 3 ch, ss into 3-ch space, (3 ch ss into 3-ch space) repeat to the end of the row. Crochet corners in the same manner as the previous row (4 corners: 3ch, ss into the same stitch) . End of the row: ss into the base of the first 3 ch of the row.

Finish off.

 

3) UNISEX BLANKET EDGE USING DIFFERENT COLORS:

photo (2)_crop_med

This blanket edge uses the same pattern as edge #1, but uses two last rows twice (row 3 and 4 become also row 5 and row 6). Colors: pale yellow for row 1 and row 2; sunshine yellow for rows 3 and 4, and orange for rows 5 and 5. Kind of a cute add on to an original pattern.

 

4) BOY BLANKET EDGE:

Row 1 (red): (smaller hook) sc around. Corners: 3 sc into the corner hole. End of the row: ss into the first sc of the row.

Row 2-4 (blue, green, purple): (larger hook) 4 ch, dc, ch, dc, ch, (skip a stitch, dc into the 2nd stitch, ch) repeat to the end of the row. Corners: 3 dc into the corner sc. End of the row: ss into the 3rd ch from the base of the row.

Row 5 (magenta): 3 ch, ss into the next dc, (3 ch, ss into the next dc) repeat to the end of the row. Corners: crochet in the same manner as the rest of the row. Do not increase. End of the row: ss into the base of the first 3 ch of the row. Finish off.

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5) GIRL BLANKET EDGE *:

Row 1 (red): (smaller hook) sc around. Corners: 3 sc into the corner hole. End of the row: ss into the first sc of the row.

Row 2 (magenta): (larger hook) 3 ch, skip next sc, ss into the next sc, (3 ch, skip next sc, ss into the next sc) repeat to the end of the row. Corners: ss into the corner sc, 3 ch, ss into the same sc.  End of the row: ss into the base of the first 3 ch of the row.

Row 3 (green): ss into the first ch, ss into the second ch, (picot, dc, picot, dc, picot, dc, picot, dc, picot) into the next 3-ch space, ss into the next 3-ch space, [ss into the next 3-ch space, (picot, dc, picot, dc. picot, dc, picot, dc, picot) into the next 3 ch space, ss into the next 3-ch space] repeat to the end of the row. Corners: depending on where in the pattern you stumble onto corner you may make more dc/picot stitches. I do not obsess about my corners.  Usually, they don’t look the same, but they still look beautiful. If you would like all corners to look the same, you should calculate the number of sc in the first row to the pattern. End of the row: ss into the first stitch of the row. Often I don’t have exact number of stitches to finish the dc-picot shell. I either skip one of the 3-ch spaces and work in the next or put more than needed number of stitches into the same 3-ch space. Finish off.

 

* – Variation of this could be a blanket with an additional row 1a:

Row 1a: 4 ch, dc, ch, dc, ch, (skip a stitch, dc into the 2nd stitch, ch) repeat to the end of the row. Corners: 3 dc into the corner sc. End of the row: ss into the 3rd ch from the base of the row.

 

10 Comments + Add Comment

  • -When using the alternate foudantion stitch of two double crochets in each hole, the corners can be made by making three double crochets in the corner stitch. Similar to using the single crochet foudantion, 3 stitches in the corner hole should make the turn and allow the material to lay flat. An alternative would be to do 2 double crochets two chains and two more double crochets in the same corner hole.

    • Used two layers and it worked beautifully. I pinned the two layers together and then used the slip-stitch blade around both fabrics and pressed a little harder on the slip-stitch blade to make sure it perforated both pieces. I also left the pins in place until I finished all the edging.

      • I bought 2 different slipstitch blades and neither would would cut or put holes in my cotton material very very unhappy drove long way to get one blade.

      • Hi,
        Please tell me …..what is a slip-stitch blade? Thank you.

  • Shady,
    A very good observation. I use three single crochets in a corner hole on a foundation row and dc,ch,dc,ch,dc in following rows on the boy edge. I am planning on posting more detailed instructions and another pattern, which will have more tips on how to do corners and other little tricks with this project.

  • Anna, I have never done it that way, but I really like the idea. Thank you for sharing it.

  • Thanks for these edging patterns and ideas. I love edging for blankets. I am about to put one of these on a throw I crocheted. Again, thanks!

  • Thank you for these. I really appreciate your generosity. Off to make some blankets now.

  • Loved 💖 this pattern. Went to the Dollarstore and picked up 2 little baby fleece blankets. Put it together in no time flat. Thank you so much for these wonderful patterns.

    • So glad you found some ideas here. Thank you for your feedback.

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