If you’ve been following my blog for awhile you may have seen several projects where I crochet around fleece fabric. I mostly use this technique in my Lovey Blanket series (LIKE THIS ONE) but crocheting around fleece is also a quick way to put a little flair and personalization into a piece of fabric and quickly transforming it into finished blanket! A great gift for kids and adults. Espiecally since fleece fabric comes in so many prints. I thought it was time to make a detailed tutorial and video on how exactly to crochet around your fabric. You will need to use one important tool: The Skip Stitch Blade. The Skip Stitch Blade (paired with a rotary cutter) creates small holes along the edge of your fabric in which you can insert your hook and use to create an even crochet edge.
The Skip Stitch Blade can be purchased directly from SkipStitch.com. You will need to buy the ORIGINAL #1 blade. This one will create the correct amount of spacing when it cuts holes in your fabric edge. There are other similar blades sold in craft stores and online but don’t be fooled. The others don’t work as well as this one!
– Skip Stitch Blade Original #1 <<<< purchase here.
– 45mm Fiskars Rotary Cutter
– Fleece Fabric. Sold at stores like JoAnn Fabrics. You can purchase by the yard.
– Size F, G, or H crochet hook
– Caron Simply Soft Yarn or another Worsted Weight Yarn. Shop for more yarn options at Yarnspirations.com.
– Cutting Mat
If you purchase the skip-stitch blade from my Amazon link below it comes with a rotary cutter. You can purchase the skip stitch blade by itself from THIS LINK.
Watch my video tutorial or see my photo tutorial below!
Lay fabric flat against the cutting mat and place ruler about 1/2-1 inch from edge. Using the ruler as your guide, run Skip Stitch Blade along the fabric. Pressing down firmly.
If you stretch the fabric you should be able to easily see your cut holes. Continue to make cuts around all 4 edges.
You will see some of your corner cuts overlap. That is fine! Choose the one you think is best and leave the other corner holes unworked. It helps to trim the corner pieces off so your fabric doesn’t bunch up when you crochet around it.
Starting at any hole along the edge, SC + chain 1 in each hole. In the corners make a SC + Chain 2 + SC all in one hole.
Round 2: SC in each stitch around.
Round 3: Get creative! Change colors or use different stitches!
I decided to use the shell stitch for my final round. Join yarn, *skip a stitch and make 6 DC all in one stitch, skip a stitch and join with slip stitch to next, Repeat from * around. Try to land on a shell for your corner stitch. If that requires you to not skip a stitch or skip 2 stitches, do it. You won’t be able to tell in the end. Crochet is very forgiving!
My sweetie is loving her lovey!