How to Edge a Blanket in Crochet

comments (4) December 9th, 2008     

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LindaPermann Linda Permann, contributor
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Edge a blanket in crochet for a quick, cozy gift.

Edge a blanket in crochet for a quick, cozy gift.

Photo: Betsy Carr, Foundling

A few weeks ago I posted this step-by-step tutorial: How to Edge a Napkin with Crochet. Many of you asked if it was possible to just poke the hook through the fabric to create the crochet stitches (rather than starting out with a blanket stitch), and the answer is yes! You'll get a slightly different look that works great for baby blankets and fleece (poking a hole through cotton can be a bit trickier).

Check out this tutorial from Foundling for a more detailed look at this technique. As I mentioned in the header, you could also start with a large piece of fleece to make a guy gift. Start by trimming the fleece edges with a rotary cutter so that they're even, but you don't need to hem them at all since fleece won't ravel. Then, follow the tutorial to work around the border with a complementary color, and you'll have a great blanket that you and your guy can snuggle under.

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AnneLoves2SpinNWeave writes: I love putting edges on fleece blankets and I use this wonderful tool that I found here:

to pop the even holes in a piece of new fleece or repurposed fabric.
It's also Great for putting crocheted edges on t-shirts, sweatshirts, any type of clothing or cloth.

Since you can use it with your rotary cutter, it's just cut your fabric, then change out the blade and put the holes in for the edging.
It's that easy.

Another easy way to make a cheap fleece blanket wonderful...

Some discount stores: Dollar General, Big Lots even places like Walmart, Kmart etc all are now selling average sized fleece throw blankets in all colors and patterns for anywhere from $2.50 to $10 and they already have a machine sewn edge around them. I just pull out the "not so great" edging thread that they used and put my own crochet border around the blanket, sometimes even making it very involved and very wide. I've also taken these inexpensive blankets and put them out on a large flat cutting surface, cut out several holes, evenly or un-evenly, but usually square or rectangle shaped and crochet an insert for the holes that goes well with the wider border that I've crocheted.

People think that these blankets are amazing and are always impressed with the blanket when finished.

One great resource for this is also the "no-sew" fleece blanket kits. I've found that these kits make very small short blankets, that are only the size and suitable for children.
Using one of the cheaper fleece blankets as a backing, I take the Kit fleece and crochet it all together to make a larger and much "groovier" blanket from the first idea.

You can always make something "your own" with any type of stitching that you enjoy doing.

Go for it!

Posted: 11:50 pm on November 27th
helenb writes: Your hints are out of this world. This advise has made my day. I really needed something to finish my table cloth and you completed it...Thanks sooooooooooooooo very much.
Posted: 11:02 am on December 27th
Love_it writes: See your "How to Edge a Napkin with Crochet" link above for more feedback.
Posted: 3:00 pm on December 17th
Love_it writes: Permann, i just love your stuff keep it coming.
Posted: 2:54 pm on December 17th
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