My new favorite project lately has been fleece blankets with a crochet edge. Most everyone is familiar with the fleece tie blankets. They are often two layers of fleece, stacked together, sliced along the edges, then tied together. This is a popular method for making blankets, especially for donation to a program like Project Linus. Fleece tie blankets are snuggly and easy and can make great gifts and donations, but I decided I wanted to try to up the ante a bit. I love giving homemade gifts to people, but making an entirely crocheted afghan can take me YEARS! (Not lying. This one took me 10 years (I put it down a few times and started up again later but STILL):
SO. I came across a couple different blog posts and Pinterest pins that showed fleece blankets with a crochet edge. I decided that this would be my thing. Easy. Turns out great.
First thing you will need is a skip stitch rotary cutting blade. I bought mine here. Second, fleece. You can make one-layer or two-layer blankets.
Cut the fleece to your desired size. See a handy chart and jumping off point here. For the most part, I eyeball it or just use the amount of fleece I have (minus the edges, of course). I made a massive one to cover my daughter’s double bed; and I’ve made baby ones and everything in between. I prefer the two-layer because it is heavier and warmer and feels more like a blanket I’m used to. But this is coming from a person that lives in a place with very cold winters!
Next, line up the fleece, one layer on top of the other, and lay them on a cutting mat. Use the rotary blade to score holes all along the edge. I used a ruler to hold things down and cut along the ruler, about 1/2 inch or so from the edge. Doesn’t have to be perfect. There is a lot of room for error in these blankets!
Last, find a yarn you like and crochet the two layers together! I typically start with a sc-ch-sc-ch pattern, using the holes all the way around the blanket. For my second round, I fancy it up depending on the recipient and pattern on the fleece. If it’s a girl, I do a scallop (maybe sc-hdc-dc-hdc-sc in one sc, sl st in next sc, repeat). A boy or gender-neutral baby blanket: hdc all the way around. Really, you can be creative. I often putz with the yarn I’m using a couple of times after the first round until I figure out something I like.
A hint: always use a washable yarn. When you give a blanket to somebody, especially a kid, you ALWAYS want it to be completely machine washable!
Here are some more examples: