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.
Kara at Petals to Picots says
Hi Sarah!! Thanks so much for sharing your blanket and the Project Linus blanket drive!! I love how your blanket came out!
How wonderful!! My daughter received a blanket from Project Linus when she was critically ill. It was a piece of softness and warmth in a very scary time! Thank you!
Repeat Crafter Me says
Hearing stories like yours makes donating even more special. Thank you!
Courtney Davis says
Last year when i was seriously ill and in the hospital, i received one of these and i absolutely love it!! It was also really special because i am a fellow crafter and knowing someone did it for me was great
Betty Lou says
I have heard about the Skip Stitch blade, where di you buy it? Makes a nice baby/childs blanket. I will check out the PL site.
Repeat Crafter Me says
Hi Betty, I bought "the original" from the Project Linus website. Here is the link https://www.projectlinus.org/store/products.php?cat=43. I meant to mention that in post so thanks for asking!
Linda Thompson says
I have made at least 15 blankets using this skip stitch blade, and I love it!! I run it an inch inside the edge of the blanket which allows me to roll the cut edge of the fleece under and hold it in place with the foundation row of stitches. Happy stitching!!
I would love to try this…I have crotched with a small needle and thin thread…but could you tell me approximately what size needle and yarn to use for this project?
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