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Pretty Crochet Edging For Baby Blankets: Number 3 in a Crochet Series
Hard Working Flannel Deserves Sturdy Crocheted Edges
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.
All you need to make these great gifts is:
• 1 1/4 yards flannel
• Size 4 steel crochet hook
• Crochet thread
• One of the products that prevents cut edges from fraying
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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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