Crocheted Baby Blanket with Fleece

I saw a clever technique on Pinterest (added it to my Crochet Ideas board) and then went on a quest to find the right crochet pattern, especially since I need a baby gift for May.

After searching through a wide range of patterns (Ravelry included) I actually settled on a design that I found on the Lion Brand website.  It is one of their free patterns and I think it will work perfectly for this idea.  Just click on highlighted Lion Brand website and it will take you directly to the pattern that I am doing.

Here are a couple of pictures of my work in progress.  I have used the Lion Brand Pound of Love and a Size I crochet hook.

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Actually, I think this crochet blanket would be super for any donations that you might be considering.  It really is very easy, great for evenings when you want to watch or listen to a little TV while sipping a nice wine too!!

Anyways (I’m ready for that glass of wine) the idea I saw was attaching fleece to the wrong side of the blanket for added warmth.  I’ve gone to the site a couple of times, translated to English but the directions are not very clear but some good pictures.

So this is what I am planning to do.  When I have finished making the blanket, I am going to do one row of single crochet completely around the edge.  Will join with a slip stitch, chain 2 and then complete a row of double crochet (maybe treble crochet???) into the back loop of the single crochet row.  Join and then fasten off.  Then just fold this edge over the fleece edge and machine stitch the crocheted blanket to the fleece.  I will probably sew with a small zigzag stitch.   The edge you just crocheted will be only be visible on the back/fleece side of the blanket.

I will probably have to do some small hand tacking placed randomly so the fleece won’t pull away from the crocheted blanket.  Want everything to be able to handle machine washing.

Maybe some cute appliques would be a nice touch and I could sew them onto the blanket and through the fleece to secure everything.

Heading out to the store tomorrow and will look for some fleece to use.  Will keep you posted on my progress and let you know how this turns out.  I don’t know why I always try to do something I’ve never done before as a gift!!

HAPPY CREATING!!

p.s.  Just click here to find my crochet ideas on Pinterest 🙂

 

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