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Crocheting A Valentine’s Day Gift: Number 5 In A Crochet Series

Updated on February 1, 2018
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Robertatalloni means creativity. Whether in writing or in more typical art forms, artistry (and a bit of fun) must be part of the work.

A Wow-Pink Edging Crocheted on an Eye-Popping Print
A Wow-Pink Edging Crocheted on an Eye-Popping Print | Source

Valentine’s Day is a Good Excuse to Create a New Baby Blanket

And a little surprise is included with Number 5 of this Crochet Edged Baby Blanket series!

This 5th crochet-edged-blanket hub will likely be my last. If you’ve followed the series from the beginning then you know the easy basics for designing one of these projects.

If you’ve not seen these blankets edged with cotton thread before now then you’ll be interested in how many practical uses they have, as well as how much fun they are to make and give to new mothers.

Tucking in a note about their durability, the fact that they can be used in so many ways--towel, washcloth, even as a diaper in a pinch, and that many times they become the favorite drag around blanket (meaning that they are handy in an emergency)--adds to the gift.

As well, mentioning why you chose the color and/or design “just for” that mother and baby can make this an extra-special gift.

Montage From 1-4 in the Crochet-Edged Blanket Series

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Fabric, washed, dried, and ready to cut.Cutting corners neatly.Cutting heart-shaped corners.Crocheting raw edges.Attaching rows of crochet stitches.Smooth rounded corners.Nice, neat corners.The simplest edging.Crocheting the heart shaped corners.Pretty colors for pretty babies.Stack of soft flannel crochet-edged blankets.
Fabric, washed, dried, and ready to cut.
Fabric, washed, dried, and ready to cut. | Source
Cutting corners neatly.
Cutting corners neatly. | Source
Cutting heart-shaped corners.
Cutting heart-shaped corners. | Source
Crocheting raw edges.
Crocheting raw edges. | Source
Attaching rows of crochet stitches.
Attaching rows of crochet stitches. | Source
Smooth rounded corners.
Smooth rounded corners. | Source
Nice, neat corners.
Nice, neat corners. | Source
The simplest edging.
The simplest edging. | Source
Crocheting the heart shaped corners.
Crocheting the heart shaped corners. | Source
Pretty colors for pretty babies.
Pretty colors for pretty babies. | Source
Stack of soft flannel crochet-edged blankets.
Stack of soft flannel crochet-edged blankets. | Source

Extra, Extra! :)

Crochet hubs 1-4 (see More… below) cover the why and how, and they also include some examples for you to use as a springboard for your own projects. This hub is a new example using bright colors, however, it has an added bonus.

A busy print with intense patterns and colors gave me the option of using a bright thread on this blanket. The corners are rounded and the shell stitch edging is done in a wow pink pulled from the fabric’s print.

There is no need to repeat directions for the blanket from this series as the linked hubs are full of information for you, but do be sure to always machine wash and dry the flannel before cutting to remove any sizing and take care of the initial shrinkage that is normal for flannel.

Wow-Pink Edging

A wow-pink crochet edging highlights the bright colors of this flannel blanket.
A wow-pink crochet edging highlights the bright colors of this flannel blanket. | Source

Perky Pig

Crochet a rattle.
Crochet a rattle. | Source

The Surprise!

So, after this colorful blanket was finished I had a little leftover fabric and thread that inspired me to attempt a matching “something” to tuck in the Valentine’s Day package for our precious new addition to the family.

After several revisions while designing the project, I settled on one that is akin to a finger puppet. The ears are worked right in the rounds. A simple rattle with the handle cut off was placed inside the round pillow that the “finger-puppet” sits on.

If you are an experienced crocheter you’ll probably not bother with instructions for this small toy. Actually, I imagine that you’ll design your own project as you go.

I’m also thinking of a rabbit for my next project. Anyway, for those of you who are just learning to crochet I am going to refer you to this link so you can start getting a perspective on making tiny animal projects and then develop your own.

If you are interested in my particular project here’s the scoop from someone who is not very experienced at writing crochet instructions:

A happy rattle.
A happy rattle. | Source
A toy bor baby.
A toy bor baby. | Source

• Single-crochet 7 and connect to make a loop. Inside the loop make 7 double-crochet stitches with a single-crochet between each.

• Connect, make 3 single crochet and repeat the double-crochet with a single between all the way around.

• Connect and repeat for a third round and begin a fourth. Halfway around form double-crochet “ears” for your animal, then again on the opposite side.

• Complete the round, connect and make 3 single-crochet stitches.

• Repeat a round of double-crochet with no single-crochet in between, being careful not to go around the ears, but to hold them up and out of the way as you work the round at the base of the “ears”.

• Continue making the rounds in the same manner until you have the size you want.

To shape the head, add or drop stitches to suit your “animal.”

• A drawstring at the neck snugs it up after it is stuffed with batting. However, before stuffing, embroider your animal’s face onto the head.

• Never use buttons or beads to make a baby’s rattle.

As you can see in the photos above I decided to give my tiny piggy a flower hat to adorn her little head. It is a simple flowerette that you can easily make if you have any experience with crochet work. If you have none, check out this from Lion Brand, get some practice under your belt, and you'll be able to design your own adornments to suit your designs. They are easy to sew on before or after your "animal" is stuffed.

A small circle of flannel fabric is used to make the pillow that the animal sits on-mine is about 3". Crochet the simplest of doily-type patterns for the top and attach to the flannel circle the same way the blanket is edged. When the edges are 2/3 closed insert a circle or two of batting and a small rattle. Finish closing and sew the stuffed “finger-puppet animal” to the center top.

This hub only intends to give you an idea for a new crochet-edged blanket and an idea of how to make the toy. The simple rattle project is for experienced crocheters who want to try designing something new, or for less experienced crocheters who want to experiment with designing a small project and explore their own potential to design and create simple projects.

If your hands like to be busy with something creative I hope you'll write a hub about your designs and then post a comment with its name so we can all enjoy your work!

More on Crocheted Edge Blankets

• Take a look at this introductory crochet hub.

• See flannel blankets with a simple crochet edge.

• You can crochet edgings for blankets.

Fun Project to Try Once You Have Some Crochet Practice

Shell Stitch Crochet Scarf

Shell Stitch Crochet Beanie

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    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      That is a precious memory! Brings tears to my eyes...sweet ones. Thank you for stopping in and sharing it!

    • IamJosh profile image

      IamJosh 7 years ago

      This post reminds me of my mom, way back when she was pregnant with my brother. Great post.

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Something tells me you will have no trouble learning to crochet. :) Hope to see some of your projects one day!

      Thanks much for stopping in and for commenting.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Great ideas - and I seriously need to learn how to crochet. I can knit but crochet just escapes me somehow!