Easy Crocheted Edging for a Shaped Baby Blanket: Number 4 in a Blanket Series
Shaped Baby Blankets for Easy Crocheted Edgings
If you have not seen my introductory crochet hub on creating easy edgings for baby blanket projects you might like to take a look at the introduction so you can become familiar with my little project series.
If you are inexperienced with crochet, do not let the idea of applying an edging to cloth daunt your desire to make a lovely something for a little one. You will find that there are plenty of answers to your questions and that a little practice goes a long way toward helping you become adept at the process.
If you are an experienced crochet crafter, however, you will have no trouble picking up on the how-to for these projects simply by looking this hub over. You already know that it's simply a matter of following the steps step-by-step. :)
Either way, thanks much for stopping in to check out this project hub for a shaped baby blanket. I hope you enjoy making a pretty crocheted edging for a very practical but sweet baby blanket. There's no reason useful should not be beautiful!
Curved Corners for Crochet-Edged Blankets
Examples of Corner Shapes for Making an Easy Crochet-Edged Baby Blanket
Now that you’ve learned about crocheting edges on flannel baby blankets I hope this hub expands your crochet horizons a bit. You will be using the same basic instructions from the hubs mentioned above, however, the unique addition will be in the shape of the blanket.
This hub focuses on changing the shapes of the corners. It includes two easy crocheted examples, but the possibilities are endless. Visions for the future dance in my head...
This first set of photos shows you how to cut a simple rounded corner with everyday supplies. The size of the curved corner is determined by the size of the plate that you use. I find that a simple dinner plate gives me easy-to-crochet curves.
Fold the flannel square into a triangle and cut the layered corners. Refold the triangle to opposite sides and cut those layered corners in the same manner. As always, be careful not to stretch the cut fabric edges as you fold or crochet the flannel.
Choose a Crochet Edging
To crochet you will begin about 6 inches before the cut curve begins on one of the sides. Then you can follow the basic directions for crocheting a simple or a pretty edge from one of the hubs mentioned above, or you may use a different edging pattern.
The edging I used on this blanket begins with the basic from Number 2 in this series (the Beginners Crochet Project). After connecting the end to the beginning make 3 single crochet stitches, a half-double crochet stitch, then 3 singles that connect back into the half-double, then another half-double. Connect to the next loop on the fabric edge and repeat around the blanket.
Cutting Sweetheart CornersClick thumbnail to view full-size
This second set of photos display how to cut a sweetheart corner. Think through whether you want to cut each corner separately or whether you want to layer them.
Layering them for cutting is a bit trickier with the sweetheart corner. You might like to make a paper pattern and practice cutting the sweetheart corner on other fabric before cutting your flannel.
Attention to Spacing for the Sweetheart Corner
To crochet this blanket you will begin as before, about 6 inches before the cut curve on one of the sides. However, when you approach a sweetheart corner pay close attention to the spacing of your punctures.
Make sure you look ahead as you work to the center of the “heart” so that you place that puncture 1/4” below the “heart’s” indention. Otherwise, you simply follow the basic directions for crocheting a simple, pretty edge from one of the hubs mentioned above.
Vary the Curved Corners for Crochet-Edged Baby BlanketsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Let Us See Your Crochet Projects and Read About Your Ideas!
As you can see in these photos, an interesting shape on the corners of a crocheted edge flannel baby blanket adds a great deal to their charm.
• Remember this Tip: Do not stretch the cut curves/shapes when handling/crocheting the blankets.
If you experiment with some interesting shapes I would love to see your crochet work. Write a hub and let me know. Link mine to yours and I will link yours to mine!
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