I am super excited about this tutorial! I stumbled onto this project because I have a bad habit of stock piling fleece from the remnants bin at Hancock Fabrics (which if you haven’t been there, the remnant rack is AMAZING for getting inexpensive fabrics if you don’t need more than a yard). Actually Hancock Fabrics is a great place to get inexpensive fabric overall. The yarn stock leaves a lot to be desired, so I still have to run to Jo Ann Fabrics for the yarn – preferably when there’s a ton of clearance! Or of course my usual fallback, Amazon.
Anyways, I really liked how this turned out, and thought I would share the method to my madness. This post does contain affiliate links from Amazon for the materials I’ve used, but most you can pick up from any craft store also. Some of the stuff is less expensive online, especially if you have Prime. I also list the brand of yarn that I prefer for this type of project – sturdy, but super soft once you run it through the washer, but you can use any yarn you want to that fits your project.
If you want yours to look similar to mine, you are more than welcome to, but otherwise, let your imaginations soar! The final project as it is written ends up approximately 31″ x 31″. This tutorial is for a blanket made with squares of equal size, but I have this adorable John Deer fleece on my desk right now, and will be making a blanket with rectangles of different sizes shortly. (And of course another tutorial) Anyways, here it goes!
Fleece Fabric of chosen design – I had about a yard of each of the fabrics I used, but it all depends on the final size of the blanket and how many different fabrics you want to incorporate.
Caron One Pound Yarn – I used black, as you can see, with an accent of pink. The pink was a red heart yarn, though I no longer have the label and this actually used that last of this color.
Crochet Hook – I used a 5.0, but just use whatever size matched the yarn you would like to use.
Rotary Cutter – This is not absolutely necessary but makes life SO much easier.
Skip Cutting Blade 45 mm – And this is where having the rotary cutter makes life even easier. You can also use a cutting crochet needle if you have one.
Self Healing Cutting Mat – Cardboard will also work, you just want to be able to push down on the fabric with the rotary blades. I like the self healing cutting mat because I used a cardboard one, but once it’s cut through, it damages the board. I actually just bought the one this link leads to, so I can replace my poor cardboard pattern mat.
1. First Step is cutting out all of those squares. I wanted my blanket to be five squares by five squares, with each square being 5″ x 5″. Remember that the crocheted edging will add to the size of the blanket. I used my rotary cutter for this part, but scissors will work just as well.
2. Next, every square needs to have holes cut around the edges. I measured in about 1 cm from the edge to do this, and using the 45 mm skip blade I made all the holes to be able to crochet around the edges.
3. Crochet around the edges of each square. I used a simple single crochet stitch, once around in the fabric, and then a second row around to increase the edging. Make sure you have the “correct” side up! (Guilty of not checking… and then I got to pull it all back out)
4. Then you want to join the squares together with the contrast color. I found it the easiest to lay out the squares in the design I wanted. I used a single crochet stitch to join them so that the contrast color would stick out more. You can also use a slip stitch, but the color won’t be as bold.
5. Now you’re almost done! You just crochet around the outside. I used the contrasting color first, for a row of sc, then switched out to black for a row of sc.
For the open look around the edge, I did one row of sc, and then I made a dc, chain 1, dc, chain 1 and continue around the edge. I then switch back to black for a row of sc.
For the “ruffle” part I just made increases around the edges with dc. I used a 2:1 ratio. 1 dc in two stitches and then 2 dc in 1 stitch, and repeat around the edges. I did the same thing in the second row and voila! Ruffles!
Sew in all the free ends, and you’re done!
If you make a blanket, please post a picture on my facebook page – www.facebook.com/stuckonhookin – I’d love to see your creations and share them on the page!
Till next time,
Blessed Be and Happy Hookin’!