Wednesday, October 12, 2016
A few months ago the ladies of our church did a fleece blanket making party. We made several lightweight, single-layer fleece blankets to distribute to homeless people in our area. In the middle of summer, we thought a thin blanket would be perfect. I promised the ladies to make a few videos for them to use as a reference for later. Well, I still haven't gotten around to it! But here are some great instructional links to help.
First question: How do you get the holes in the fleece?
I use a Skip Stitch Blade in a rotary cutter. I cut the edges of the fleece nice and straight with a regular rotary blade. Then I use the Skip Stitch Blade to make the holes. You need to make the holes about 0.75-1 inch from the edge of the fleece. Here's a great tutorial video. I do the crocheting a little different than this tutorial. She does a single crochet in each hole and then chain between holes. I do two single crochets in each fleece hole (no chains). I do four single crochets in each corner.
Second question: What fancy edging should I do after I single crochet in the holes?
The tutorial video uses a lovely shell. I often do the very same edging. It looks a little femine, so sometimes I do a crab stitch border, it's a little more masculine. It reminds me of rope. I recently learned this cathedral border. It's a little more fancy.
Third question: How much material does it take to make a blanket?
Good question. For an adult, I used about 2 yards of fabric. That makes a blanket 56 inches wide by 72 inches long. Plenty big! For a baby or toddler, I use about 1.25 yards to get a blanket 44 inches wide by 58 inches long. I like to buy my fleece at Joann's when it is on a 50% off sale. Look for large remnants to save even more! One large skein (Red Heart Super Saver) is usually enough yarn to do the edging.
Fourth question: How long does it take to make?
I don't really know. I crochet while we watch TV. Maybe two movies.
Thanks for reading. Happy Crocheting!