How to Make an Argyle Fleece Throw

comments (14) June 17th, 2009     

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This Argyle Fleece Throw can be found in Dorm Decor: Remake Your Space with More than 35 Projects.
This Argyle Fleece Throw can be found in Dorm Decor: Remake Your Space with More than 35 Projects.

This Argyle Fleece Throw can be found in Dorm Decor: Remake Your Space with More than 35 Projects.

Photo: Evan Sklar

This low-sew throw gives new meaning to the phrase “college sweater-vest.” Preppy, yes, but the diamond-shaped pattern feels less stuffy in these vibrant colors. It’s super-easy with light stitching, keeps you warm on winter nights, and makes the perfect picnic blanket! Enter to win a copy of Dorm Decor: Remake Your Space with More than 35 Projects here.

You'll Need:

2 1/8 yards (60"-wide) cream fleece
2 1/8 yards (60"-wide) goldenrod fleece
15 skeins of embroidery floss in cranberry
Large-eye embroidery needle
Water-soluble marker
Paper
Pencil
Scissors
Pins
Yardstick

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Cut out the pieces.


1. From the cream fleece, cut: 1 piece: 54" x 70"

From the goldenrod fleece, cut: 1 piece: 58" x 74"

Create the pattern.

2. Following the diagram, draw a diamond using the same measurements on the paper. Cut out the diamond and use it as a template to draw onto the cream fleece in rows. The points of the diamonds should be touching. Don’t worry about getting it exact.

3. Cut out every other row of diamonds ¼" inside of the marked lines.

Stitch out the pattern.


4. Lay the cream fleece over the goldenrod fleece and pin in place. Using the yardstick, draw lines through the centers of the diamonds at an angle as pictured to create the argyle pattern.

5. Thread the embroidery needle with six stands of embroidery floss. Stitch out the stripes and outlines of all the diamonds with a running stitch (page TK), securing the two layers of fleece together.

Make the border.


6. Fold the edges of the goldenrod piece towards the cream piece and pin in place. Stitch the goldenrod fleece down using a blanket stitch.

 

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Comments (14)

redandredder writes: For this throw, it appears that you are going to have only one layer of fleece on the cream side of the fleece.

I would suggest carefully cutting out cream diamond pieces so they can be used to apply to the reverse goldenrod fleece with stitching.

This would give an argyle effect on both sides of the throw. One could use either the running stitch with floss or any other kind of stitch you like to attach the diamonds on the reverse side.

I, for one, like a double sided throw for warmth and this would have that effect.
Posted: 11:36 am on August 21st
caglassley writes: I'm about to embark on this project! But I'm not sure if I should wash the fabric before or not?? What are your thoughts?
Posted: 4:33 pm on January 6th
yespositively writes: I love this! But I have a few questions.

1. When you cut out the diamonds, do you just discard them? Reading the instructions it looks like you get argyle on one side and just a solid goldenrod on the other.

2. Did you hand stitch this blanket? The stitching looks so uniform! If you used a machine, do you use just a single thread in your bobin? I would think the six strands would overwhelm it. Sorry if this an obvious question -- I've only ever quilted with my machine and that's so simple!

3. Do you just leave the white edges loose or do you tuck them under? It looks like they are happy being loose but I want to make sure.

Lovely project! I'm excited to tackle it. :-)
Posted: 11:41 am on December 4th
lyssagrace writes: Would flannel work instead of fleece? I'd like to make this for Christmas presents - but flannel seems softer as a blanket/throw.
Posted: 12:53 am on October 9th
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Posted: 11:52 pm on August 4th
LynnCC01 writes: I would love to see a picture of this throw laid out flat! I would also like to see other people's versions of it!
Posted: 2:16 am on June 27th
_nikki_ writes: Hi floweringfig--
I meant 6 strands of floss, meaning all 6 threads that make up one skein of floss.
Posted: 12:29 pm on June 22nd
floweringfig writes: Really cute pattern. This is probably a dumb question, but where the pattern says "six strands of embroidery floss", does that mean the 6 threads that make up one strand of floss, or does it mean 6 strands of 6 threads put together?
Posted: 3:29 am on June 21st
MaidenJane writes: What a great pattern! I can't wait to try it.
Posted: 7:30 pm on June 19th
ShereeS writes: Very cute blanket...I especially love the color scheme!
Posted: 10:19 am on June 19th
_nikki_ writes: Yes. Cut out the diamonds from the cream fleece, creating a reverse applique of diamonds in the goldenrod fleece.
Posted: 9:08 pm on June 18th
croqzine writes: I love me some argyle! So in step 3, you are saying to cut out the diamonds, effectively creating a reverse applique?
Posted: 6:26 pm on June 17th
_nikki_ writes: Thanks, Gertie! This is actually one of the projects that I kept after the book was done. It hardly ever leaves my couch!
Posted: 1:12 pm on June 17th
GertieT writes: Wow, this is so innovative! I'm way past my dorm days, but I might have to make one anyway. Congrats on the book!
Posted: 11:00 am on June 17th
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