I tried to get this posted yesterday but I didn't get home early enough - but, it's a nice way to start off the day!
This is the second post I've done for crochet edging on fleece blankets - my first being the Crochet Edging for Ultra Cuddle Fleece Boy Toddler Blanket.
This blanket was inspired by as well as a gift to my little cousin, Madison. The fabric is so cute! I was thinking it would also make a nice gift to give at a baby shower.
Find below my free pattern and Anti Pill Fleece fabric review.
- Anti-Pill Fleece - I was not able to find the link to the fabric I bought from JoAnn's so I will have to update once I find out the name
- Skip-Stitch Blade #1 (Skip-Stitch site)
- 45mm Fiskar's Rotary Cutter (Joann's)
- Self Healing Mat to Cut on (I didn't have)
- 4.25mm Crochet Hook (a 4mm or 4.5mm will also work!)
- Worsted Weight Yarn - I used about 135 yards of Red Heart Soft in Chocolate and 135 yards I Love This Yarn in Pink Neon (I tried to match the colors in the blanket.)
- Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends and/or for Foundation Blanket Stitch (if you don't have/want to use the skip stitch blade)
- Ruler and/or Tape Measure
Notes on Supplies:
Skip Stitch Blade: There are three different sizes of skip stitch blades. I choose the Blade #1 because it states that it is "perfect for perforating fleece and similar fabrics..."
On my post for the Ultra Cuddle Fleece, you will find I DO NOT recommend using the skip stitch blade for the foundation perforation as the fabric is quite fragile, however, it works perfect on the Anti-Pill Fleece!
*I do have a post on Changing the Blade on Your Rotary Cutter in case you need some help!
Ultra Cuddle Fleece: During my trip to Joann's, I found it rather difficult to choose just two yards out of all of the great options available. My inspiration was my little cousins, Tyler and Madison. Tyler is obsessed with Star Wars hence the choice of the Star Wars fleece - you can find my post on this in the Crochet Edging for Ultra Cuddle Fleece Boy Toddler Blanket. Madison is a girly girl.
Along with all the great theme options, I also found SEVERAL different types fleece. I am not a sewer or quilter and not really familiar with the different fabric types so to guide my choice, I took a look at the No Sew Throw kits to see which type of fleece they use. Then, I went back to the fleece. I decided to get a yard of the Anti Pill fleece (same as kits) and one yard of the Ultra Cuddle Fleece so I could test the differences myself.
After working with the Ultra Cuddle Fleece and finding that it was quite fragile as it tears easily, I was a little worried that I'd go through the same thing with the Anti Pill Fleece. I found this was NOT the case at all! The Anti-Pill Fleece isn't quite as soft as the Ultra Cuddle Fleece but it is much stronger and sturdier. I found on the Ultra Cuddle Fleece that if the hole was missing, I could simply poke my regular crochet hook through the fabric and create a hole. I tried to do this with the Anti Pill Fleece FIRST to see if it was as easy before I ran my Skip Stitch Blade across it and as hard as i tried, I was unsuccessful. There wasn't any tearing at any point and I did not feel the need to be gentle while holding and manipulating the fabric.
CONCLUSION: Skip Stitch Blades work GREAT on Anti-Pill Fleece.
It took me approximately three and a half hours to complete this blanket including the cutting and crocheting.
This blanket measures 40.5" long by 31.5" long.
*To achieve this size, I cut the fleece to these exact measurements. When you perforate it, you will take it in 1" on each side but the border will bring it back to these measurements as it adds 1" on each side.
SC - Single Crochet
ea - each
ST - stitch
sl st - slip stitch
CH - chain
HDC - Half Double Crochet
DC - Double Crochet
SC2TOG - Single Crochet Two Stitches Together (Decrease)
Notes for Pattern:
If you are interested in working the foundation round with a blanket stitch instead of with the skip stitch blade and your crochet hook, I found a really great tutorial courtesy of Kelli and Greta of Holiday Crafts and Creations - How to Do Blanket Stitch.
Tutorial and Pattern:
|First, remove the fine print section.|
You will want to cut just inside of the color separation so you
don't get any of the white line.
|One of my sides looked like this -|
all frilly and such.
I did not cut this off because I
figured I'd be crocheting over it
|I didn't get any pictures of the rotary|
cutter in action on this blanket so I
borrowed this one from my Ultra CuddleFleece post.
Make sure to move your ruler over just
a tiny bit so you are perforating at the 1"
mark and not inside of it.
*NOTE: I did not have a self healing mat to
do this cutting on. I took LOTS of scrap
paper that I had and just stacked them on
top of each other - each sheet was a piece
of computer paper. I folded them in half and
then stacked them in piles of 5 sheets.
|These are what your perforations will|
|Attach your yarn with a SC to the first hole (preferrably|
not the corner as it puts added pressure on the stitch),
and then CH 1.
|Continue along side down to first corner:|
(SC in next hole, CH 1) across.
|This is a back view of your first few stitches. You can see my tail |
on the left side. I tucked this into the center of the fabric I folded
over and crocheted over both together.
|On my Ultra Cuddle blanket, I just|
folded over the edge. It came out a
little more bulky then I would have liked,
so in this blanket, I decided to trim the
edge. I did this at an angle.
Be careful not to cut too close to the
|You will still need to slightly fold over the |
remaining corner fabric.
To work the corner:
(You will have previously worked a SC, CH 1),
SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1 all in same ST.
Then, continue working the side as previously
done (SC, CH 1) across.
|You've finished the first round of your blanket!|
You can leave your blanket like this if you want.
OR, you can continue on...
|You've finished the second round of your blanket!|
You can leave your blanket like this if you want.
OR, you can continue on...
I will be adding this blanket and more to my Etsy shop!
Find some options here: Anti Pill Fleece, I Love This Yarn (for border), Red Heart Soft (for border). Feel free to send in your custom requests! Visit my Etsy shop for other baby blankets!
*JoAnn's also sells licensed fabrics (ie Disney, Hasbro, Nickelodeon, NHL, MLB, etc), however, licensed fabrics are not to be used for commercial purposes so I will not be able to sell any of these.
Any licensed fabric blanket would be a great gift to donate to a local children's hospital. Make sure to contact the volunteering department of the hospital first for rules and regulations for handmade items. I plan on making some to donate!
I've visited JoAnn's online and picked out the following with suggestions for the fleece. Just as an idea!
- On the Farm Pink - Girl's Room
- Dinosaur Roar - Boy's Room
- Western Boy in Tan - Boy's Room; Western Photo Prop
- Hot Air Balloons - Nursery
- My Sunshine in Blue - Boy's Nursery
- My Sunshine in Pink - Girl's Nursery
- Pastel Birds - Girl's Room; Spring Baby Girl Nursery
- Galaxy Quest - Boy's Room; Kid's Room
- Fancy Owl - Older Girl's Room
- Packed Footballs - Boy's Room; Older Boys Room; Man Cave; Football Fan
- Jigsaw Puzzle - Kid's Room; Gift to Elementary School Teacher
- Pirate Bear - Boy's Room
- Go Fish - Father's Day Gift; Man Cave
- Western Girl in Pink - Girl's Room; Western Photo Prop
- Crossword Puzzle - Mom's Day
- Neon Dot Shades - Older Kid's Room
- Go Fly a Kite - Kid's Room
- Fashion Frames - Mom's Day; Fashionista; Shopping Fan
- Banana's for Mommy in Blue - Boy Nursery
- Banana's for Mommy in Pink - Girl Nursery
- Blue and Gold Chevrons - Sport Lovers
- Camo in Tan and Olive - Support Your Troops; Army
- Pink Ribbons on White - Breast Cancer Awareness; Charity
- Dominoes Mineral - Living Room Sampler
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