Here is the latest item I have finished for Miss Ellie Grace. Her Momma picked out the items for her room at Sears . . butterflies that are in the lavender color scheme with some pink and green. I needed more blankets, but didn't have time for a Sears run, so WalMart had to do.
I found a set of pale green patterned blankets so I decided to add edgings to them. Well, to as many as I can before the shower. This way, I have the lavender/purple and green thing going for me :-}
Ellie's Green Receiving Blanket
1 receiving blanket
#10 Crochet Thread
Crochet Hook - either choice
Steel - 3/2.10MM
Aluminum - B/1-2.25MM
(For me, the thread works better on the steel . . but it is you preference.)
Yarn / Tapestry needle
ch - chain
dc - double crochet
sc - single crochet
sl st - slip stitch
sp - space
st - stitch
You do not need to do these two steps, but I feel they make the edging neater AND that makes your 1st Round neater.
Before you start, you will need to iron the blanket . . . I know, that dirty 4 letter word I-R-O-N!
Fold 1/4" of the blanket edging to the back and iron the crease. This step helps you maintain the hem you need.
If your blanket has a pattern you can use that as your gauge for round 1. (My pattern was 1/4" x 1/4" checks.) The width of your stitch should also be the depth of your stitch.
Round 1: Thread your needle and blanket stitch around the edge of the blanket. (I would suggest 1/8" to 1/4" intervals. Fasten off and secure all threads.)
Round 2: Attach thread with a sc anywhere on the blanket st. Ch 1, sc in same sp, evenly sc around the blanket stitch thread, sl st to beginning ch 1.
|Some of the blanket stitches are longer than others . . . no problem.|
In the finished blanket, they don't show up like they do in this close-up.
Round 3: Ch 1, sc in same st, *ch 3, sc in next st,* repeat from * to * around, stopping 1 stitch before the end. To finish this round, dc into the beginning sc.
|Doesn't it look like the ch 3's are different heights?|
That is caused by the "ruffling" of the stitches starting.
Round 4: Ch 1, sc in the space just made by the dc you used to finish Round 3, then repeat Round 3.
You may finish now or do as many rounds as you like.
Hint . . . do you like how I "park" my hook? I started doing this when I lost the hook I was using.
By the way . . . it felt like it took forever to get to Round 2 . . but once I started Round 3 . . . it seemed to go faster.