Any parent, past or present, will tell you how handy extra baby blankets are to have. Receiving blankets work well in the first few weeks, but children quickly outgrow them. Blankets, on the other hand, work well into toddler hood. While stores offer hundreds of different options, handcrafted ones always seem to be the ones babies grow to love, not to mention that even a baby blanket can take a chunk out of an already stretched budget.
Receiving Blanket Blend
Nine outgrown receiving blankets or eight with purchased blanket edging
Sewing machine or thread and needle
Take two receiving blankets, place right sides together and sew down one side. Repeat with two more blankets. Then take the two sewn pieces and lie together, sew a seam so that when you fold it open, you have created a square. Repeat all these steps with four more receiving blankets. Lay the two squares together, right sides out.
With scrap yarn cut into five-inch lengths, use yarn needle and randomly weave through both layers of squares, tie knots to secure. Make sure to run lengths of yearn in all center points of original blanket squares, and in random spots. Take remaining receiving blanket and cut into strips approximately four inches wide to use for binding or use purchased blanket binding. Trim edge.
No-Sew Fleece with a Twist
Two pieces of fleece cut to size
F crochet hook
One skein 4-ply yarn
Leather awl punch
H crochet hook
No-sew fleece baby blankets are quite popular. You simply take two pieces of fleece pre-cut to blanket size, lay the two pieces together, and cut strips approximately six inches deep, by one and a half inches wide, into all four sides evenly spaced around the whole outside edge, and then go around and tie these strips together. Carry this simple theme a bit farther by foregoing the cutting of the strips.
With the two pieces together, using the crochet hook, pierce through the two thicknesses and crochet a simple sc edge. A second row of sc will give the edge a nice finished look. If the fleece is too difficult to pierce with the hook, you can prep it by carefully punching holes evenly spaced with a simple leather awl. If you choose this method, a larger hook may be used for the crochet.
Crochet Wonder in Under an Hour
Giant Q crochet hook
Approximately six skeins of 4-ply yarn
One-half inch wide ribbon to match yarn
Note: With crochet, people often wrongly assume that a pattern must be followed exactly as written. For some patterns, this would be correct, but oftentimes with items such as a blanket, you can freely alter the hook size, weight of yarn, etc., and still end up with a perfectly acceptable item. This is one such pattern. If a hook size that is a bit smaller, such as an N, is easier for you to work with, go ahead and switch. A lighter weight yarn will work also, with the finished blanket being lighter weight, but still beautiful.
Pattern worked with two strands held together throughout.
Row 1: dc in fourth ch from hook and in each ch across (40 dc) ch 3, turn
Row 2: dc in each dc across (40 dc) ch 1, turn
Row 3: 1 sc in each dc across (40 sc) ch 3, turn
Rows 4 â€“ 40: Alternate rows two and three, do not end, do not turn, (ch 3, sl st in end of row 40, ch3, sl st in end of row 39)
Repeat until you reach end of row 1, continue (sl st, ch 3) in each end of row, each ch across bottom, and in each st of row 40 until you have trimmed the whole edge of blanket.
If blanket is for an older child, weave ribbon in each side through ch 3 spaces, tie ends where the meet on each corner into double knotted bows.