How to Crochet a Pretty Edging on a Baby Blanket
How to Crochet Edgings for Baby Blankets
The polka dot flannel displays an example of a fancier crocheted edging that works well on fabrics printed with soft colors and delicate designs. This simple crochet project is as enjoyable to create as it is a thoughtful gift to give a new mother.
It may be difficult to believe that a fancy edging could be easy to crochet but all you have to do is read through the instructions below to see for yourself. The first and most important aspect of this introduction to making a pretty crochet edging for baby blankets a beginner needs to grasp is that you really can do it!
What You'll Need
- 1 1/4 yards flannel
- Size 4 steel crochet hook
- Crochet thread
- Fray check/ liquid seam
1. Wash and dry your flannel fabric. Fold it into a triangle and cut off the selvages, as you will be crocheting on raw edges. Begin approximately 6-8" from one corner.
2. Make a crochet slipknot and pierce the fabric at approximately 3/8 of an inch from the cut edge. The distance is a little more than 1/4” but not quite 1/2”.
3. Crochet! Follow the instructions below:
* Continue to crochet 3 single stitches, piercing the fabric again at approximately 1/4” intervals for each group of 3 single crochets, repeating to the corner.
** At the corner, repeat the 3 single crochet stitches process three times, going back into the same hole each time.
After crocheting around the first corner, continue to the next corner and repeat * and ** around the blanket.
Connect the last chain of single stitches into the first hole you began with. Do not cut the thread at this point.
4. If you know how to do the half-double crochet stitch, you are ready to finish your edging on this baby blanket. You'll be finishing the scalloped row for this crocheted edging!
- After single crocheting into the first hole, make 3 single crochets, then one half-double crochet stitch in the first loop on the fabric edge.
- Repeat 3 single crochet stitches with a half-double crochet in every loop all the way around the blanket edge.
- Round corners with the same stitches in the same way--3 single crochet stitches with a half-double crochet in each loop on the fabric.
5. Connect the last double crochet stitch into the first loop. Cut the thread, leaving several inches to tie a double knot. Once the knot is tied, put a drop of the fray product on it and allow to dry.
- Tip: Using a fray product like this is not a typical crochet technique, but remember that this blanket is a multi-purpose, drag-around blanket that will be in the washer and dryer many times. My experience is that after the first wash, the fray product is soft and not noticeable. Be careful to follow the manufacturer's instructions when applying it!
6. Cut the ends of the thread close to the knot, and the pretty crochet edging is complete!
Flannel Blankets for Babies
Though a flannel blanket is incredibly useful to new mothers, the love behind crocheting a border on one is incalculable when the person making it prays for the new baby as the stitches grow. Wrapping the crochet edged blanket up with a printed prayer makes a memorable gift for the new family.