What kind of tool and template is used to make holes in fleece material so that a crocheted edge can be made?
By Mary from Eagleville, PA
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My mother used to use a sharp metal needle.
If you want a more uniform look try threading a yarn needle with your your yarn then blanket stitching at regular intervals all the way round. 1/4 inch is good for most crochet with yarn.
I haven't tried this yet. You know spiral ring school writing notebooks, when you rip off a sheet of paper, use the strip with holes as a measuring device spacer, mark holes-use metal crochet hook, the holes will be evenly spaced. Hey, free. joanie
Take a look at www.edgerydoo.com
These are templates to aid making the holes evenly and you can punch through 4 layers at a time so that it is quick.
Go to skipstitch.com and order a skip stitch rotary blade that works wonders on punching the holes. I have tried all different methods and this works the best. I have all the ladies at my work using the skip stitch blade also.
By crochet lady02/02/2011
Go to www.skipstitch.com and take a look at their blades. They work great and can be used with a 45mm rotary cutting tool. This sure does save a lot of time. No more punching holes and this blade makes evenly spaced holes for crocheting edges.
If I were to crochet an edge on a baby blanket as shown in the photo I wouldn't bother with a special tool or template. I would use a small crochet hook to poke the holes, plus crochet the edging as I was going around the edge.
I have a sister that crochets handles or whatever they are called on terry dish towels that you hang them on a cabinet handle with, and she doesn't use anything other than the hook she is using for the crocheting.
I've always used those large bbq forks. Just insert the fork in the last hole you make and carry on all the way round. They are evenly spaced and a perfect size.
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By Debra in Colorado
By Linda Jo
My favorite yarn to use around the fleece blankets is Caron, Simply Soft. You can buy the fleece fairly inexpensively at Walmart. I usually use about 1 1/4 yards per blanket for the younger kids. I made my oldest daughter one using 1 1/2 yards, and my husband one using 2 yards. They are easy, and can be made up easily in a weekend or a couple of evenings.
If your hook won't go through your fleece, you'll have to first embroider your edge with a BLANKET STITCH (also called a "buttonhole" or "hem" stitch) using a large eye needle and either yarn or cotton doily thread.
After you have done one round with embroidery (needle and yarn or thick thread) then just crochet the rest of the rounds using whatever type of yarn and stitch you'd like, working the crochet into the top of the embroidery stitches. (I'd use double crochet, or make shells around the edge)
This is the way they used to do it way back in the old days, especially when crocheting baby clothes edging.
How To Embroider A Blanket Stitch (also called a "buttonhole" or "hem" stitch)
Below, is the reverse of the way I'm talking about, They show how to FIRST crochet the edge, THEN sew it on AFTER crocheting the edging, I don't recommend this unless you've already bought a great piece of edging and you wanted to sew it on.
Using The Embroidery Blanket Stitch To Edge Crochet
Feel free to post your ideas below!
Also listed under patterns are some edgings for crocheting around the fleece blankets (of which I've bookmarked for future reference). (10/26/2007)
By Sandy Hill
By Ann K.
By Jeanne from NY
I would like a pattern to crochet around a fleece blanket.
By Jean from Volga, IA
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