Hey y’all – today I’m sharing a blanket tutorial with you both as part of Luke’s Loves and to show off my fabric line with my Pattern Anthology girls – Idle Wild! These knits just started shipping to stores and I can’t wait to see what you make with them. I set up a little shop so you can get Idle Wild right below!
A little more about the fabrics – I’ve long said that I LOVE the Riley Blake knits. They’re a great pretty light weight, with good stretch and recovery, and yet they’re not see through. Perfect for our usually warm Texas weather. So when we started talking about designing a fabric line, Riley Blake was my first choice, and I still can’t get over the whole, “Yeah, I’m a fabric designer, no biggie,” thing! I mean, pinch me.
I was already planning a tutorial for this blanket, which I made as a sample for Quilt Market, when Kimbo emailed me about Luke’s Loves. And who could say no to this story? I already talked about Project Linus in my charity sewing round up, so this just all fell into place, and I hope you will use this tutorial or another from the series to donate a blanket.
And this one is pretty easy, and virtually no sew. Want to see how to make it? You’ll need your fabric, a large crochet hook (I used a size Q), sharp scissors, a hand sewing needle and thread.
Start with 1 1/2 yards each of two knit fabrics. Place them wrong sides together. You may want to spray baste the layers together to keep them from wiggling.
Fold over one edge, like shown below. Then start snipping cuts into the edge about 1/2″ apart and about 1″ wide. The geometric print of the triangles made this really easy for me to do on this blanket. You’ll also do cuts like this in straight lines running long ways down the blanket. The blanket is going to shrink longways more than it does sideways. I did 3 vertical lines of small slits, spaced evenly across the blanket.
Then, using your big crochet hook and starting at a corner, push the hook through BOTH layers of fabric through the first and third slit. You’ll see how the slits you cut made a series of “loops”. Use the hook to pull the second loop through the first one (the one closest to the corner is the first loop).
For me, it was easier to use my second hand to help pull the first loop over the second and off the hook. You’ll be left with one loop on the hook. Then insert your hook through both layers of fabric for the next loop and repeat. You’ll get what looks like a braided edge on the fabric.
When you get to a corner, just turn your hook and proceed with the first loop on the next side.
You’ll repeat this process along the lines down the center of the blanket too. I switched up which side I was crocheting from since this is a reversible blanket. You can see below that on the wrong side of those lines through the center, the braided trim looks more like a seam line, so switching it up makes ure each side has pretty visual detail.
At the end of each crocheted braid, you’ll be left with one loop. Use your hand sewing needle and sew the loop to the surrounding fabric securely to finish.
And enjoy your soft and pretty blanket! I think this would also be a great technique to use on throw pillows – could be just gorgeous, with less fabric.