Kara from Petals to Picots has asked fellow crafters and crocheters to help her crochet for a cause. The goal is (was!) to reach 50 blanket commitments for Project Linus by April 30th, 2012. Project Linus is a wonderful organization that collects handmade blankets and distributes them to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. Inspired by Charles Schulz’s PEANUTS® character, Linus, Project Linus’s mission is to provide comfort to these children with the help of a security blanket. Volunteers, or “blanketeers” as they are lovingly referred to, from all over the country create, collect, and distribute these handmade blankets.
When I heard about Kara’s mission, I immediately pledged to do a blanket. I finished my blanket yesterday and if I have time this week, I will make a second! The great part of is that Project Linus accepts all styles of new handmade blankets including quilts, tied comforters, fleece blankets, crocheted or knitted afghans, and receiving blankets. So I was able to buy fleece and crochet around the edges. Here is a great video tutorial on how to crochet the edge around a fleece blanket.
In order to crochet around fleece, you need a skip-stitch blade to create small holes for your crochet hook to pass through. And since the one I ordered hadn’t arrived yet, I ended up buying a fleece blanket that already had some stitching around the edge.
I unraveled it, and used the holes to begin my foundation row. This proved to be harder than I expected. Only because the holes were too small for my hook. But once I got past it, the second row was easy. I HDC’d around for the second row as suggested in the video above. Now that I have a little experience with this, I would love to try scalloped edges.