Make a Crochet Edged Fleece Blanket
Love crochet? Love fleece? Make a blanket that's a perfect mix!
Over the past year, I've noticed more crochet edged crafts becoming popular. And why not? Sometimes you don't want to do an entire project in crochet, but a lacy edge is fun. Here's your chance to craft one especially useful item with little effort.
Crocheting around the edge of fleece is a versatile way to make a gift that's quick, inexpensive, and personal. With so many wonderful fleece fabrics and yarns to choose from, the hardest part may be making a choice and moving forward!
Learn all the steps you need to design your own crocheted fleece blanket, pillow, or other fun accessory.
You can make this beautiful blanket!
First, you'll need fleece
Start with a piece of fleece the size and shape you want to make your blanket. You can do a large or small blanket. Smaller pieces are great for baby blankets, and you can even make it round or heart shaped. With so many fun fleece patterns, you can craft an afghan for anyone. Amazon carries this and much more! Just click through to search for more fun fleece.
Find yarn to match
Find a yarn with a weight and style you like, that coordinates with your fleece.
Jewel tone yarns look great as trim on neutral blankets. You can even get started with a fleece blanket you buy at Walmart!
Tone down a wild print with a chunky border in a speckled neutral pattern.
Make each row a different coordinating color for a festive border.
A simple solid will finish off a baby blanket with a soft touch.
More supplies you'll need
The supply list for this project really is short and simple, and you probably have most of the supplies at home.
Of course, you'll need a crochet hook to fit your yarn. If you want a large lacy design, use a larger hook and thinner yarn. For a thick, fluffy border, use thick yarn and a hook to fit.
An acrylic ruler will help you mark holes for your punches or stitches, depending on which method you choose.
A disappearing ink marking pen will help you draw dots that won't cause permanent spots on your work.
I keep a pair of short, sharp scissors in my bag for snipping fleece and yarn.
Select and prepare your fleece and yarnClick thumbnail to view full-size
Which "punching" method will you choose?
While I was testing my anchor border (the first row attached to the fleece blanket) I found out a few things about working with fleece and making holes in it. I came up with three generally acceptable ways to create your anchor row without having it rip out of the side of the fleece.
- Use a dashed/perforated rotary cutter made for fabric.
This is the fastest method and used by many crafters. Simple score around each edge, no closer than 1/4" from the edge, then start crocheting through each slit.
- Use a 1/16" hole punch spaced no closer together than 1/4".
The first two blankets I made were done with a hole punch. Then you simply crochet through each hole to start your anchor row.
- Use a blanket stitch.
This will take a little longer but leaves a pretty finished edge and can be done without a lot of extra tools. My next blanket will use a blanket stitch.
Pick your "punch"
Besides fleece and yarn, you'll need either a rotary cutter, hole punch, or large yarn needle to start the point where your yarn will connect to your fleece.
The fastest way to create your border is to use a perforating rotary blade (skip stitch) to score the edges.
To create holes any distance or depth, use a 1/16th inch hole punch.
Technique 1: Cut your holes with a skip stitch rotary toolClick thumbnail to view full-size
Technique 2: Punch your way around the edgesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Technique 3: Learn how to blanket stitch
The blanket stitch looks tricky but is simple to learn and master. It will help you stitch around the edge of your fleece and create a framework for your crocheted border.
Start stitching!Click thumbnail to view full-size
Make the sample! It has four rows.
For the two blankets I made, I did a single crochet all around the blanket in the holes I punched.
Then I made a row of double crochet and spaces. I double crocheted (dc) in one hole, dc in the next, then chained one and skipped a hole. Then I started over, so the row consists of dc, dc, chain 1 skip 1, dc, dc, chain 1 skip 1, etc.
Then I did a row of single crochet to widen the distance between the dc row and the shell edging.
Finally I did a shell edging with three double crochets. To do a shell, skip a stitch, double crochet three times in the same hole, then skip a stitch and single crochet. Then repeat.
When you get to corners, do two extra stitches to get around the corner, so you're doing one stitch for the right side, one for the corner, and one for the left side. When you do decorative stitches, add a few extra stitches or chains to get around the corner. Don't worry that the pattern isn't right, just make it work for wherever you end up. When you get around the corner, start it up again.
Crocheted Border Patterns
If you're not familiar with borders, get some tips from other crafters and combine borders to create your own masterpiece.
- Borders from Crochet Cabana
Includes photos and written directions for several simple borders including, Shell Border, Reverse Single Crochet, Two round Granny, Big Five Border, and "An Even Dozen" roundup of twelve photos with stitch directions. The photos are a bit small, so
- Easy Scallop Edging Free Pattern
Free pattern for an easy crocheted edging, including a photo and all instructions. Best used with thinner yarn, and you may want to check this out before starting so you can create your foundation row accordingly.
- Easy Shell Narrow Edging Free Pattern Instructions
Free pattern for an easy, narrow edging, crocheted with shell stitches. This would look adorable with a ribbon woven through it!
- Free Crochet Edging Instructions by Daniel
A collection of decorative crochet edges, most of which are best for thinner yarns.
- Barb's Crochet Edging Patterns
The page offers links to many free crochet edging patterns. These are great for a crochet lace accent.
- Variety of Crochet Edgings
Crochet edge patterns including one with little bead flowers.
- Three Edgings
Three pretty free crochet patterns for lace or light crochet edging.
- Crochet Edged Fleece Blanket
Three crocheting projects with edges from the Craftsy community. No directions, but the photos give you some hints.
- Handcrafting With Love: Quick, Cuddly Blanket
Video directions for adding a quick V pattern crochet border to a fleece blanket.
- found*ling: crochet (with a tutorial at the end)
Tutorial for a simple edging that looks like spikey Vs around the edge.
- You Go Girl!: Crochet Like Crazy...
Detailed instructions for putting a border on fabric. It's for a pillowcase (an adorable one at that!) but works the same for fleece.
- You Go Girl!: WooHoo...
Another gorgeous border, look for instructions in the comments.
- Crochet Edging PDFs
Several free crochet borders in downloadable PDFs.
Crochet Fabulous Edges on Anything
If crocheting on fleece is addicting for you as it has become for me, you'll love this book with 150 crocheted borders you can combine to make any width of border in thousands of color combinations and styles.
Crochet on Fleece Instructions
For a video encompassing directions from cut to finish, start here.
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Fleece can be expensive and hard to find, and if you don't live near a fabric store it's hard to hit up sales. Fabric.com has the fleece you're looking for, all the time, in dozens of patterns and styles.
Here are a few of my favs:
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Test your crochet skills on a dog blanket. Just pick your pooch's favorite accent color for the border. Or, try a pillowcase style bed.
Football games can be chilly! Search for your favorite pro and college sports teams, along with general sports patterns.
Stitch a blanket fit for a princess or any other type of girly girl with a variety of licensed and designer styles.
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