Hello again friends!
I shop for fleece at thrift stores and wash it up and make blankets by adding a crochet border. So the day before I was going to pick Hubert up, I stumbled upon the perfect paw print fleece to make him a snuggly blanket. What better way to welcome a new puppy home. (I got teased for this friends, but I refuse to feel bad. My puppy was a member of my family from the first time I met him.)
So without further ado, I am going to give you a couple of ways you can crochet a border around your piece of fleece material.
First, no matter what pattern you want to use for your border, you need to start by working a foundation in the fabric itself. You can do this in a variety of ways. Some people blanket stitch yarn or embroidery floss around the entire blanket. This is fine, and I have done it this way before. It’s pretty secure. Some people zig-zag stitch with their sewing machine around the edge. This is fine too, but not very sturdy. So, if you have a young someone or a furbaby who is rough on their blankets, these two options are probably not your best bet.
I prefer ripping a little hole with a seam ripper and then going in with a small crochet hook (I use a G 4.25 mm) and single crochet chain one around the entire blanket. I like this for a few reasons. First, it’s sturdy. Second, I can do it all in the comfort of my own chair. I mean, let’s face it… it’s the reason I love crocheting. I can do everything from the comfort of my favorite chair. Or at a friends house. Or while on vacation.
So let’s do this.
- Seam ripper
- Crochet hooks. I use a G (4.25 mm) to help me make the holes and single crochet around the blanket. I use an I (5.50 mm)for the border.
Step 1: Find a yarn you love that will compliment the fleece that you have. I use worsted weight yarn because that’s what I choose to use on a regular basis for all my crochet projects. I like to keep it simple.
Step 2: Measure 1/2 inch increments around your blanket. You can do this in several ways. You can measure all the way around and mark every half inch with a dot, then carefully use your seam ripper to make a hole just big enough for your hook to push through. (You don’t want to make the holes too big or they will gape open.) You can be more “efficient” like me and use your thumb to help you measure as you go. I poke a few holes, crochet a bit and then poke a few more holes. If your fleece has stripes or other regular pattern, you can also use that to your advantage. No matter what method you use, single crochet in the hole and then chain one all the way around the blanket. Note: You want to crochet loosely with this hook because you are using the small hook so as not to make a big hole, not so that the crocheting is tight. You don’t want the fleece to bunch up as you are crocheting. You want the crochet to lay flat.
Step 3: Decide what kind of pattern you would like for your blanket, and that becomes your second row. I’ll give you a few second row ideas here.
- Easiest: Chain one and do another row of single crochet. Single crochet in each single crochet and in each chain one space all the way around. You may need to single crochet twice in each stitch around the corners.
- Scalloped edge: *Half double crochet, double crochet, half double crochet under first single crochet chain one space, slip stitch in next single crochet chain one space* repeat from * to * all the way around the blanket. When you get to the corners, you may need to do a scallop in each single crochet chain one space so that the corners lay flat.
- Popcorn edge: (Yarn over, insert hook under next single crochet chain one space, yarn over, draw yarn through stitch, yarn over, draw yarn through 2 loops on hook) 3 times in the same stitch, yarn over, draw yarn through 4 loops on hook, chain 1, slip stitch under next single crochet chain one space, chain two. Repeat from beginning until you work all around the blanket.
Have fun! Nothing says love like a handmade blanket.
Enjoy the Dance! ;D