1/24/08

Show & Tell Friday!

This week I'm sharing a fleece blanket with a crocheted edge that I recently made for my 9 month old grandson. (instructions to follow~) I purchased a yard and 1/8th of fleece fabric with skull & cross bones on it... (since he is my lil' pirate!) I cut the fleece so it made a perfect square, I then rounded each corner. There is enough fleece left over to make a pillow... I'll whip that up at a later date. I used sport weight yarn and the edge is done with a tight stitch so as his little precious fingers don't get tangled the crocheted edge :-) Instructions: Using masking tape mark off at 1/2 inch intervals- about a 10 inch piece (this will be used as a guide to poke holes into the fleece evenly) You can reuse the same piece of tape several times :-) I used an awl to poke through the fleece to create the holes.
Create your base row by making a sc followed by 2 chain stitches all the way around your fleece blanket joining with a slip stitch to the beginning stitch~
Second row: sc in each stitch around- join with a slip stitch to beginning stitch.
Third row: This row is worked using an "X stitch" The x stitch is made by crossing two double crochet stitches over each other. Sounds hard? but is so darn easy! (I've borrowed this photo below of someone demonstrating the stitch~) Sooooo you basically chain 3 (counts as your first dc) Then you yarn over and do a dc in the stitch to the right of your first dc. You are working backwards for this dc stitch. This creates your first "X" Then.... you skip past those two dc.... skip the next stitch and make a dc in the following stitch. Yarn over and do a dc in the stitch you skipped. Continue this pattern around the whole blanket and slip stitch at the end. Almost finished!
Fourth and final row.... Sc in back loop only all the way around your blanket to give the edge a nice "finished" look, join with a slip stitch and finish off...taaaaaaaa-daaaaaaa instant cute!This show & tell hosted by: Kelli

22 comments:

Sharon said...

That is so cute! You did a great job. What a precious keepsake to give your grandson!

:0) Sharon

Betty said...

What a precious grandson and what a thoughtful grandmother....I'll wager that will be his favorite blanket....Betty

Hootin' Anni said...

Amazing!!!!! What a terrific idea...and an absolutely fantastic job you did.

My show n tell is posted. Drop in for a visit if you can find time, I love visitors. :o)

LBP said...

What a neat gift for your precious grandson. Thanks for the instructions.

Blessings

Linda

Anita said...

Firt of all, I am so pleased to find so many interesting swaps on your side! That Summer cottage swap of Bella Enchanting sounds great, I should try to find out more about it!

Congratulations on the blanket! Very well done!

Best wishes, Anita

Penless Thoughts said...

How cute and so very soft looking. I hope you show the pillow when finished.
Susan

Barbara H. said...

How cute! What a neat blanket for a little boy.

Kelly said...

How cool! Your grandson is ADORABLE!!!!

Have a very blessed weekend!

P.S. I love me some Diet Pepsi, too! ;o)

Julieann said...

Oh MY!! I think I could do this--thank you for the instructions--I love the blanket and your grandson is a cutie patootie.

Julieann

Feathering My Nest said...

What a special keepsake for your grandson. You did an excellent job.
Thanks for sharing.

Kathi

mrsjojo said...

What cute fabric! My sister would love your idea. She has a grandson who loves pirates and this looks like the perfect project! I'm sure your grandson will love it.

cookie said...

What a sweet gift! Thank so much for showing how you did this. I was taught how to crochet edges when I was a child by several dear older women who are now no longer here. My Mother has Alzheimer's and no longer is able to crochet. I am going to be coming back to look more carefully at your post. You did a great job with your presentation.
Thanks!
-Cookie

Sharon said...

What a clever idea about the wallpaper and making color copies! That really is a smart idea! Thank you!

:0) Sharon

ellen b. said...

My 22 year old daughter would love this blanket! Great job and great instructions.

Gattina said...

I want one !! It's gorgious !

genny said...

Oh thats nice of you. I really like to learn crochet but i am just lazy to try. I am only good in crosstitch. Happy weekend.

jennifer said...

I like that the crocheted blanket didn't have to be feminine, like so many hand made things are. That will be a 'treasure, aargh,' to him always!- Jennifer

the teach said...

Cheryl, beautiful blanket! I love to crochet but haven't done anything lately. Thanks for visiting my S&T post! :)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Darling little blanket, I bet your little grandson will looove that and not part with it! My little grandson loves his little blankie!

Katherine

Kelli said...

What a fun blanket for your grandson! I love the red edging!
Kelli

Charlotte said...

I'm sure your grandson will spend many happy hours with his new blanket. It looks so cozy. Thanks for the comments you made about my crocheted dress. I also had my 5th grade school picture made with it on. I never was quite sure which one of us Charles liked the best. I think he kinda liked us both. He did deliver my valentines from school since I was sick that day and had stayed home. He lived quite a ways from me so I was impressed that he knew where I lived.

ZanyMayd said...

Thanks for the Help! ! !

Now I will be able to see if it worked ~

As for your question, on your dashboard, hit the layout... then you click on Edit of the your Blog title area, it should have a place to upload pic.... always remember to hit the save changes or SAVE button, or all the work you did, will NOT be saved....
Hope this helps
Cheryl