June 29 2017

Learn to Crochet Edging on Fleece Blankets

Rotary Cutter with Skip-Stitch Blade

Crochet edging is a great way to add a personal touch to a fleece blanket. There are so many options for fleece available. Here are two I have bought to edge as gifts for specific people. Both of these team prints were bought at Hancock Fabrics. I used black yarn to add trim to both. When making a blanket for an adult, I usually get 2 yards (60 x 72 inches)  or if the person is particularly tall, 2-1/4 yards (60 x 81 inches). These blankets are very snuggly and washable, perfect for car trips or watching TV under on a chilly night.

University of Cincinnati Bearcats Fleece Fabric
University of Alabama Crimson Tide Fleece Fabric

Shark Baby BlanketNote the stitches on this one mimic the teeth and gums on the sharks.

Learn to make these easy blankets yourself.

This is the video I used to teach myself how to do this edging on polar fleece.


Here are examples of some of the fleece blankets I have added edging to.

Ironman Blanket
Notice the 3 colors on the edging to coordinate with the colors in the fleece.


Warm Colors Blanket with Yellow Trim
Scallop created by repeating the pattern: sc, sc, hdc, dc, dc, dc, dc, hdc, sc, sc

The shark baby blanket was my first try at adding edging. It was a remnant 2/3 yard, so I cut it in half to make 2 blankets about 24 x 30 inches. I was really shocked when I first began the white and noticed how much it looked like the sharks’ teeth so I decided to add the red to match the gums in the fabric. I was pleased with how it turned out. Who wouldn’t want guard sharks to cover their baby’s car seat when carrying it from house to car and back during a cold Indiana winter?

Carseat Cover sized Shark Baby Blanket

Here are a few more examples of the variety of prints and colors available.

Cool Colors Tie Dye Blanket

Comic Character Blanket

Brown Hockey Themed Baby Blanket

I usually cut the fabric with the rotary cutter about 3/4 inch from the edge. I used a smaller hook, a size H, to get through the slits in the fabric and do the first round of crochet. You will notice the fabric folds over as you do the first round of single crochet. You can stop after just the first row like I did with the 3 photos above or you can add more rows of stitches like some of the more elaborate ones shown. There is no right or wrong way to do this. It is very forgiving. These blankets can be rather cheap or costly to make depending on which fabric you choose and how good a sale you find to take advantage of. It can also be a good way to use up some of the colors of yarn from your stash.

Rotary Cutter with Skip-Stitch Blade

Rotary Cutter with Skip-Stitch Blade

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Fiskars Rotary Cutter (with regular blade)

Skip Stitch Rotary Cutter Blade

Set of Original Skip-Stitch blades 1, 2, & 3 & One 45mm Rotary Cutter

Boye Aluminum Crochet Hook Set, Sizes D-K

Boye Ergonomic Aluminum Crochet Handle

University of Cincinnati Bearcats Fleece Fabric 

University of Alabama Crimson Tide Fleece 

Tie Tye Dye Starburst Fleece Fabric 

You can add a crochet edging to almost any cloth.

The options are endless, limited only by your imagination.

Edgit Piercing Crochet Hook & Book Set-On The Edge Crochet

Remember it is never too soon to start of making gifts for the holidays. Adding edging to pretty fleece fabric is much faster than crocheting an afghan. Consider doing an extra and donating it to Project Linus.

Have you ever added crochet edging to a piece of clothing or fabric? Tell us about it in the comments, please.


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Posted June 29, 2017 by Karen Beidelman in category "Crochet", "Review

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  1. By Christopher Curry on

    I was hesitant about this blade because I had never seen a skip stitch blade shaped like this but it works like a dream. I make and sell blankets that I crochet around and that’s what I use this blade for. It’s a great manufactured goods and the value is right. Thanks for sharing this post.

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