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