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Sunday
Mar042012

Laura's Loop: Flannel Receiving Blankets


I'm starting to think that there is something in the water. Friends, left and right, are turning up pregnant. Thrilled with the good news, I've become a receivin'-blanket-makin' machine. No sooner am I done with one, then I am on to the next. With each blanket I find myself guessing baby names, picturing my friends in the role of 'Mom' and imagining the nervous excitement of the dads-to-be.

I am so happy sitting with this super soft flannel draped in my lap, hypnotized by the rhythm of crochet and the feeling of merino wool as it winds through my fingers. The soft touch of these remarkable materials soothes me in the same way I know it will the new babes!

While it is a pleasure to make these Receiving Blankets, it is an even greater joy to think of them in use. The foggy, warm stripes of Ecrulet's Flannel and the crisp, rich colors of Koigu's merino combine in such pretty harmony, that I can’t wait to see my friends’ littles bundles all wrapped up inside! 

Congrats to all those expecting! --Laura

PS: Check out Molly's Lap Duvets for more ideas on how to use Ecrulet’s magnificent Flannel Stripes!

The Materials

To make one 41-inch by 41-inch blanket:

Cut and Wind

Cut the flannel into a 42-inch by 42-inch square.

Wind your yarn. Place the yarn to the side for now.

Pin and Sew

Fold and press each edge of the flannel 1/4-inch. Fold and press each edge 1/4-inch once more. Pin and machine sew.

Crochet the Edge

Orient the blanket so the front is facing you and the stripes are vertical.

Insert hook just below the hemmed edge, into the middle of a stripe. Pull a loop through. Grab the yarn from the back and pull it through the loop you just made.

Insert hook back through the same hole, and make a single crochet along the edge of the fabric.

*Chain one.

Insert hook into the next stripe, and make a single crochet.

Insert hook back through the same hole, and make a single crochet

Insert hook through the same hole, for a third time. Make a single crochet.

Chain one.

Repeat from * until you reach the corner.

Turn the Corner

When you reach the corner, chain 3 rather than 1. For the next stitch, insert the hook into the last hold you made, as pictured above.

Now that you have turned the corner, you no longer has stripes to guide your placement. You can mark the fabric every 1/4 to 5/8-inch using a Chaco Marker if you would like a guide or you can just eye-ball it.

Continue around the 2nd, 3rd and 4th edge of the blanket, turn the 4th corner and work up to the stripe where you first began.

Connect at the End

Chain one.

Insert hook into the first strip, where you began, and make a single crochet.

Cut yarn and pull through. Using a tapestry needle, weave in your ends.

You have done it! 

Now you can do it again to make a pair!!!

Reader Comments (73)

what a great tutorial! I am currently crocheting a hexi afghan for a gift and wanted to line it with flannel .. this may work (what are your thoughts) ... I was worried about puncturing holes, do they frey at all?
August 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterterrymc
Hi Terry,
The holes don't fray. Even with excessive washing, I've never had experience with the holes fraying. I think the key is to use the smallest crochet hook that is comfortable with the yarn, that way the hole created is fully filled up with the yarn pulled through it.

I think lining a crochet blanket with flannel sounds delightful!
Let us know how it goes.
Laura
August 27, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I'm not a big sewer. How did you do the corners? Did you miter them or just sew through the layers? Two folds per side seems kind of thick to sew through, but if that's what you did, I will too!
September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley
Hi Ashley,
I did miter the corners. But you don't have to! You can simply fold down both sides and sew through them. It is a lot of layers, but most machines should be able to handle it. Since the crochet edge covers up the hem on the blanket, whichever way is easiest for you is great!
Laura
September 10, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Is there a video tutorial to do this somewhere? I love these and would love to make some.
October 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbecka
Hi Becka-

There is no video tutorial available but if you have any specific questions about the pattern we'd be happy to help you along.

Thank you!

Molly
October 11, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
This is a beautiful project, so thank you for sharing it. I have purchased some flannel to try this, but the pattern is only on one side and blank on the other. Have you ever used this before? Also, have you ever rounded off the corners? Can't wait to get started.
Lorraine
Switzerland
November 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLorraine
Hello Lorraine,
I have used flannel that has a print on only one side. I typically work with the pattern-side facing and make the hem towards the non-patterned side. As for the corners... My mom actually always does rounded corners. I thought the linear pattern of the flannel used here lent itself to a more rectilinear corner. I think a polkadot or more whimsical pattern would be wonderful with rounded corners.
Thanks for leaving a comment.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Laura.
November 1, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Really nice detailed tutorial, such an awesome gift. I have made baby blankets similar to this with crocheted edges, that my Grandmother taught me to do. In my collection of saved memories I have blankets that my great Aunt and my Grandmother made for my daughters. Now my daughters are having babies of their own, what a wonderful gift to pass down to them that I used for them.
November 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJill
Beautiful
December 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPam
Thank you so much for sharing this. I have a blanket tucked away just like this that my grandmother made for my son. She has now passed and my son is now 15! In the last three years I have been learning to knit and crochet and am so pleased to be able to make these beautifully simple and precious blankets for my friends and family. I hope to make my grandmother proud. Sincerely, Maria
December 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaria Henderson
Ottimo! Brava!
January 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercento daniela
The blankets look B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!
January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOlga
I love this design but I am using fleece with a super bulky yarn. Any suggestions for this or do you have another pattern you would recommend? I am making this for a baby blanket and wanted the edging to be a little more fluffy......thus the bulky yarn. Any suggestions would be really appreciated.
May 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobin
Hi Robin.
What are you looking for suggestions on specifically? Yarn? I would try and keep it something that is machine washable. You could use the same yarn I did (Koigu's KPM) but double it. Or you could look at using Anzula's For Better or Worsted (http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/7913-Anzula-For-Better-or-Worsted), a worsted weight machine washable. Or Spud and Chloe's Sweater (http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/5886-Spud-Chloe-Sweater), a cotton / wool blend. Or you could do a cotton yarn like Blue Sky's Worsted Cotton (http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/721-Blue-Sky-Worsted-Cotton).

As for the hook size... that will involve some trial and error to find the smallest size hook that will still accommodate the yarn, making the least noticeable puncture point.

Please let me know if you have any other questions!
Laura
May 29, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi! This is lovely! It looks like the stripe print on the flannel is on both sides of the fabric - is that true? Where do I find similar flannel? Thanks for sharing such a great idea. I'm making one for my new baby niece who is due in August.
July 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterB. Dale
Hi B. Dale-

You're right that the stripes on this fabric are woven in so you can see them on both sides. Unfortunately we are sold of of this fabric and aren't expecting to get any more in. You can see our other flannels here: http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/12-sewing-patchwork-fabric?filters[]=518

Sorry we can't be of more help! Good luck with the project!

Molly
July 8, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I love making these! And the babies seem to love them too. I'm on my third blanket and have plans for a fourth.

I, too, spent quite some time searching for a flannel stripe fabric (with Purl sold out). I finally found a nice flannel sheet in ticking stripe. A queen size yields 4 blankets. It's fun choosing just the right shade of Koigu for the recipient.

Thanks for the great pattern!
July 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJane
I have used crochet as an edging on other fabrics by hand sewing blanket stitch along the edge first and then crocheting into this. Particularly good on non fraying material such as fleece. Can make a very simple scarf with crocheted ends in no time at all. Thanks for all the great patterns.
November 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynne
Beautiful, the perfect project for donating . I do a lot of items for preemies and older children, hospitals and seniors.

Your blanket will be a big hit! Thank you
February 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJB
People should know that you are not supposed to bleach wool, so you may want to
use cotton instead.
February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLoretta
Amei a dica e tutorial. Obrigada pela gentileza!
March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNilda Souza
I'm retired and want to make these for the hospitals. They are beautiful, I only hope mine turn out as well as yours!
April 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterlita french

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