I love to make things for babies. Knitted animals and blankets are my favorite baby items to create. Playing with color is a definite perk as well as the projects are small so they, usually, are completed quickly. The first baby blanket I made was a flannel receiving blanket with blanket stitch edges. This is still one of my favorite gifts to give.
Here is the first one from 2004:
Not too long after this baby girl received her blanket, she also received a line up of little brothers. So they all needed blankets too.
I had a bit of a theme going for this family…
I did something a little different with this most recent blanket (which happens to be for the cousin of the approve blanket recipients). Instead of applying a blanket stitch edge with embroidery thread, I made a single crochet edge with thin yarn. I got the idea from Purl Bee’s: Lara’s Loop Flannel Receiving Blanket. It has a lovely crocetted shell pattern around the edge of a simple piece of flannel.
I used two pieces of flannel sewn together with right sides facing, turned out and edges pressed. Two fabrics allow for extra coziness and extra color/pattern fun. When I attempted the shell edge I discovered my yarn was too thick. I was shopping for color not weight when I picked out this perfect shade of purple. The shell pattern became overwhelmingly bulky and I needed to rethink my strategy.
The end result was a single crochet followed by a chain stitch repeated all the way around. Three of these repeats in the same hole to turn the corners.
The best part of a crocheted edge versus an embroidered edge was not having to cut the yarn, re-thread, and deal with knots. The most difficult part was finding a crochet hook that wasn’t too small or too big. It had to be juuuuust right. This hook does not exist in my collection. My options were too small and WAY too big. I went with too small.
Do you see how tiny that hook is?!
It was easy to make the hole in the flannel but practically impossible to hold on to the yarn. I managed to create some kind of rhythm of stabbing, looping, and pulling that made to process go rather quickly.
I really think it turned out lovely. I like the yarn edge even if it isn’t a fancy shell. Although I would like to try the shell pattern some other time.