This blanket is just an experiment.  I have a lovely Whisper Plush Fleece fabric that I want to sew into a toddler blanket with crocheted edges.  It is my first time doing this and I want to get it right the first time, so I thought I would practice on some cheap fabric before jumping into the real deal.

This Doggie Whisper Plush Fleece Fabric is the Real Deal.

I bought an inexpensive, rolled 50″ x 60″ fleece blanket from a local discount merchant that was already graced with a blanket stitch around the border.  It is made of 100% polyester and feels rather thin.  Using the blanket stitch as my foundation, I am crocheting a border around this blanket that is making it feel a bit heavier and more substantial than its original form.  The first round is done in half double crochet.  It’s a very easy stitch.  If you’d like to know how to do it, I recommend this Half Double Crochet Tutorial  if you like learning by video.  I like learning by *.gif!  I think that Learn to Crochet Crochet Gif Tutorials are the best on the planet.  Here is their gif tutorial for the half double crochet (hdc) stitch.

Machine stitched blanket stitch.
A half double crochet stitch is used in the first round of the border.

For round two I stitched a single crochet in a soft yellow.  I am not happy with the results!  The ends are now frilly and I know that this was caused by uneven spacing on the blanket stitch when half double crocheting the first row.  I am learning from my mistakes!  

The addition of a row of single crochet did give the flimsy blanket even more weight and substance.  This would make a nice weight summer blanket, especially for baby!

Here is the Learn to Crochet Crochet Gif Tutorial for the single crochet!


This blanket is so not a keeper!  But I am still going to continue to experiment.

I found a tool that is used for cutting holes into fleece so that one can simply crochet through the fabric instead of using the threads of a blanket stitch.  For fleece, the blanket stitch border is not necessary because fleece does not fray.  I will use this cheap experimental blanket to experiment with that.

 
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