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Easy Crocheted Edging for a Shaped Baby Blanket: Number 4 in a Blanket Series

Updated on January 3, 2018
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Various shapes make a nice gift package of crochet edged baby blankets.
Various shapes make a nice gift package of crochet edged baby blankets. | Source

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!

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.

Curved Corners for Crochet-Edged Blankets

A dinner plate makes a nice curve for a crochet edge.
A dinner plate makes a nice curve for a crochet edge. | Source
Trim the curves neatly, taking your time to cut smoothly so it will have little to no raveling when you crochet the edge.
Trim the curves neatly, taking your time to cut smoothly so it will have little to no raveling when you crochet the edge. | Source

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.

A nice variety of other edgings is available here. One of my favorites is this one showing how ribbons can be woven into spaces.

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.

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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.

Cutting Sweetheart Corners

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Sweetheart corners for crochet edged baby blankets.  Practicing on paper first helps in many ways.Cut the flannel cleanly as with the curved cornered baby blanket so you can crochet the edges with ease.
Sweetheart corners for crochet edged baby blankets.  Practicing on paper first helps in many ways.
Sweetheart corners for crochet edged baby blankets. Practicing on paper first helps in many ways. | Source
Cut the flannel cleanly as with the curved cornered baby blanket so you can crochet the edges with ease.
Cut the flannel cleanly as with the curved cornered baby blanket so you can crochet the edges with ease. | Source

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.

Attention to Spacing for the Sweetheart Corner

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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!

Vary the Curved Corners for Crochet-Edged Baby Blankets

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Check Out the Crochet Project Videos!

• If you enjoy crochet work you might be like to see the wide variety of lovely projects in the videos below.

• If you haven't yet tried crochet, but think it is something you might enjoy, you also would enjoy seeing the variety of projects in the videos.

• No matter which category you are in, don't put it off, pick up your needles and start a simple crochet project today, even if it is just a practice project!

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What do You Think of These Easy Crochet Edged Blanket Projects?

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      RTalloni 5 months ago from the short journey

      You chose some great projects! I'm glad you got to enjoy a foray into the world of crochet! Thanks for taking a look at these simple blankets. I love them because each stitch represents prayers for protection and blessing for the new little one, and because they are not just pretty but quite sturdy and useful for a new mom.

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      Peggy Woods 5 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Years ago I took up crocheting and made several baby blankets, some Christmas bell ornaments and even a sweater. What you did here with a baby blanket looks so cute. I like the curved edges in particular.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      peachpurple:

      Thanks for your feedback on this DIY hub. I hope you can give the project a try soon.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i want to try this blanket, i like your step by step pictures, easy to understand, voted up

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Marcy Goodfleisch:

      Maybe you just need a little time to check out some of the great tutorials available now. Too bad we can't set aside an afternoon for tea and crochet at my kitchen table!

      I'm no expert so I still sometimes depend on helpful resources:

      http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/knit911-home.html

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEs_znerZME

      Thanks very much for your generous comment!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 3 years ago from Planet Earth

      I keep wanting to master the art of crocheting, and haven't succeeded yet. Your hubs do help inspire me, though! Thanks for being such a good instructor and role model!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks kindly, sanathara, both for visiting the hub and for leaving your input.

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      sanathara 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing information..I love crocheting..Nice Hub!Voted 'Useful'..

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks much for stopping by. Hope your wife enjoys the hub. Maybe she could write a hub about her crochet work!

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      Ign Andy 7 years ago from Green Home Office

      Hi RT, my wife love crocheting, she just finished make a sweat shirt for my daughter teddy bear. I should pass this hub to her.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you! I would love to try some that are similar to open work in the corners...one day!

      If you create any, please let us see them!

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      Rhelena 7 years ago

      This is a great way to add a personal touch to blankets! I especially love the sweetheart corners.

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