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Pretty Crochet Edging For Baby Blankets: Number 3 in a Crochet Series

Updated on May 6, 2016
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Hard Working Flannel Deserves Sturdy Crocheted Edges

Pink polka dot fabric with a fancier edging.
Pink polka dot fabric with a fancier edging. | Source

More on Crochet Edgings for Baby Blankets


If you are a crochet lover who has been holding your breath, here is the promised Number 3 in this crochet series. Breathe again and enjoy! ;)

The polka dot flannel shown in the photo displays an example of a fancier crocheted edging that works well on fabrics printed with soft colors and delicate designs.

Although this is more advanced than the first crocheted blanket edging, it is still a simple crochet project to make. It is as enjoyable to create as it is a thoughtful gift to give a new mother.

The first and most important aspect of this introduction on making a pretty crochet edging for baby blankets for a beginner to grasp is that you really can do it!


Basic Instructions for Starting a Crochet Edging to use on a Baby Blanket Project


First, If you are unfamiliar with the half-double crochet stitch there are several easy-to-understand instruction tutorials available that show how simple it is to learn. Then take a little time to practice the stitch.

Next, if you haven’t already done so, this is be a good time to take a look at my introductory crochet hub (Number 1), as well as the beginner’s crochet project (Number 2). The basics with tips and photos are on those hubs so I am only giving a simplified text version of the supplies and initial directions in this third crochet hub. If you did the first project you already have enough experience to go ahead and start this second one. Begin by reviewing the basic information below.


Supplies:


All you need to make these great gifts is:

• 1 1/4 yards flannel

• Scissors

• Size 4 steel crochet hook

• Crochet thread

• One of the products that prevents cut edges from fraying


Single Crochet Into The Hole You Began With
Single Crochet Into The Hole You Began With | Source
Make 3 Single Crochet Stitches
Make 3 Single Crochet Stitches | Source

How to begin:


Wash and dry your flannel fabric. Fold into a triangle and cut selvedges off. You will be crocheting on raw edges. Begin approximately 6-8 inches from one corner.

Make a crochet slipknot and pierce the fabric at approximately 3/8 of an inch from the cut edge, that is a little more than 1/4” but not quite 1/2”.

* Continue to crochet 3 single stitches, piercing the fabric again at approximately 1/4” intervals for each group of 3 single crochets, repeating to the corner.

** At the corner repeat the 3 single crochet stitches process three times, going back into the same hole each time.

After crocheting around the first corner, continue to the next corner and repeat * and ** around the blanket.

Connect the last chain of single stitches into the first hole you began with. DO NOT CUT THE THREAD at this point, as in the first project.


Begin Working Around The Blanket
Begin Working Around The Blanket | Source
Corner Detail
Corner Detail | Source

Finish the Scalloped Row for this Crochet Edging for Baby Blankets Project


If you have practiced the half-double crochet stitch you are now ready to finish your edging on this baby blanket.

After single crocheting into the first hole you began with, make 3 single crochets, then one half-double crochet stitch in the first loop on the fabric edge.





Repeat 3 single crochet stitches with a half-double crochet in every loop all the way around the blanket edge.

Round corners with the same stitches in the same way--3 single crochet stitches with a half-double crochet in each loop on the fabric.


Tie off last half-double crochet stitch into the first.
Tie off last half-double crochet stitch into the first. | Source


Connect the last double crochet stitch into the first loop. Cut thread leaving, several inches for tying a double knot. Once the knot is tied put a drop of the fray product on it and allow to dry.

• Tip: using a fray product like this (being careful to follow manufacturer's directions) is not a typical crochet technique, but remember, this blanket is a multi-purpose, drag around blanket that will be in the washer and dryer many times. My experience is that after the first wash the fray product is soft and not noticeable.

Cut the ends of the thread close to the knot and this pretty crochet edging for baby blankets project is finished.



Great Crochet Projects to Consider:

Another Crochet Hub in this Little Series


Take a look at my next crochet hub in this series on a different example of a fancy crocheted edge for a baby blanket.



Crochet for Cancer: Caring for Others One Stitch at a Time


Crochet for Cancer members volunteer to make hats, blankets, and scarves for patients of cancer centers. Established by Tracey Wells after she walked with her mother through a battle with cancer, this organization now helps men, women, and children via chapters throughout the USA and Canada.

You can get involved, learn to make chemo caps, and learn more about this non-profit's work by visiting their website to find a chapter that is closest to your location. $5 allows them to give about 4 hats to cancer patients because no one is paid to work for this group--all are volunteers.


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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks kindly. I have other projects I want to do...and...and... :)

      Appreciate your stopping by.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Wonderfully concise directions. Kepp on writing this kind of hub you're terrific.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks so much, both for stopping by and commenting. So glad you enjoy these hubs. I hope to see some of your crochet projects one day!

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      Jean Donlan 6 years ago

      Please continue to write about crocheting projects. I find it very interesting! Beautiful pictures of the edging.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks much--so glad they reawakened your interest. My series was interrupted, but I hope to get back to it after the new year.

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      Susan Zutautas 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Your hubs on crocheting are excellent! Have not crocheted in year and may just get back into it now. Thanks.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you very much! So glad you stopped by. Would love to see your project! :)

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Super instructions and photographs! Amazing!!