Fine Heirloom Sewing, Smocking and Hand Embroidery

"Baby will be well and smiling in little garments made by Mother, Auntie, Grannie and loving friends!"

Please join me as I teach the old fashioned techniques and skills needed to sew baby clothes. You will find lessons that start at the very beginning and take you step by step as we sew little baby clothes together. May you find much joy and pleasure in making them.
It's easy and it's fun!!

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Monday, May 9

Miss Carole's Crocheted Baby Blankets - Part Two!

Size 30, 20 and 10 Crochet Cotton shown.  Size 10 is the largest thread.
Here are three different  balls of DMC Cebelia crochet cotton which is what Carole likes to use.  More information HERE about threads.

She recommends Steele crochet hooks.
Size 10 hook for thread size 10
Size 12 hook  for thread size 20
Size 14 hook for thread size 30

* NOTE - These are not Learn To Crochet instructions.  Carole is telling you how she makes her blankets.  

You will need Beginning Crochet Instructions to follow this if you do not know how to Crochet.

Here is a link to Learn To Crochet.
You will find another one at the end of this post!

See Crocheted Baby Blankets  - Part One if you haven't read it yet.
With the right side of the flannel facing you, work the single crochet in each hole created by the machine wing needle.  You will be folding the raw edge of the fabric to the wrong side as you stitch.

Here is what it looks like on the wrong side of the blanket.  

Don't worry about the raw edge.  Carole tells me she has never had a blanket unravel!  And she has been doing this and giving them away... and using them for years so she should know!!  After a washing it will all snug up and you can clip away any  fuzzy threads.

Right side of Blanket.
Single Crochet is worked all around the blanket. When you get back around to your starting point,  make a slip stitch between the first single crochet worked at the very beginning and the loop on your hook.

Don't pull stitches too tight!!  And be careful turning the corners.  If you are too tight they won't lie flat.

To begin Row 2...chain 1 and with the right side of the blanket still facing you, work a single crochet in the top of each single crochet of row 1 all around the blanket.  When you get back around to your starting point of row 2, make a  slip stitch to join the first stitch of row 2 with the loop on your hook.

The two rows of single crochet are what gives the blanket a nicely finished look.

Here, Carole shows us how she worked the first row of single crochet on the pink checked blanket in white and the second row of single crochet in green, then she made the scallops in white.

She has a cute little stitch holder for when she puts her work down!
Close up of the 1. White single crochet 2. Green single crochet and 3 the White Scallop.

Carole will explain how she makes her scallops next if you would like!

I am adding a disclaimer.....  

I don't know how to make this blanket myself so if you ask me any questions my answer will be "You will need to find a Crochet Book or web link listed here to learn how to Crochet".  

Here is another website that might help you!

Hope your are enjoying Miss Carole's blankets.

Happy Stitching!

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Becky said...

Thanks! That's exactly what I needed. I was wondering about that raw edge. These are wonderful instructions - Carole and Jeannie. Having the pictures that you can enlarge and study are the next best thing to having a private teacher.

Jan M said...

Carol's blankets are so beautiful, and bring many sweet memories of my own baby blankets and those for my son. Thank goodness we had mothers and grandmothers who could crochet. Any granchildren of mine will not be so blessed. No matter how hard I try, I end up only with knots! Maybe some of Carol's tips and the links you provided will contain the secret I need!

RebeccaM said...

Thanks so much! I look forward to the next lesson.

Thecraftytrundler said...

Looks beautiful!! Will have to try it one day : )

Sharon xx

Patty H. said...

These are just beautiful!
Thank you for sharing with us.
Patty H.

Linda said...

That is so pretty...I need to learn how to crochet because I have been admiring blankets lile those lately!

Cynthia Gilbreth said...

These are adorable! I bought some flannel this weekend so I can make two blankets with this lovely edge.

Becky said...

I was so excited to find out how to do this that I had to get started. Everything worked fine for about 10 stitches, and then I had a hard time seeing those little holes. Are there 2 sizes of wing needles? Mine may be too small. Maybe holes in flannel tend to close up on you! I started over and have drawn a blue line beneath the holes at first until I get comfortable with where I'm going. Carole makes it look too easy! I'll try again tomorrow.

Jeannie B. said...

Becky, I am sure there are different sizes of wing needles. Go to your sewing machine shop and ask about them. I think you want a large wing needle. Good luck!

Kathy said...

Yes, we would like to see the scallops. Thanks Carole for sharing your techniques!

Susan said...

Thank you, Carol and Jeannie. I have wanted to make a blanket for quite a while. These directions are wonderful and I look forward to the next scallop directions. Susan VH

Debbi said...

What wonderful directions. Thank you so much. I'm looking forward to seeing your scallops!

Laurie said...

ooooooh! Pure ♥!!! Thank you for the instructions! LOVE the scallops.....I can only dream of being able to do this someday! Beautiful work Carole and thanks Jeannie for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Hey, Jeannie, I never did see the directions for the scallops....did I miss it somewhere? Help, please. I'm a crocheter and I know I cna find some directions for an edging somewhere, but I really like this one.

p franklin said...

Thank you for sharing this. My mother made something similar many years ago for my nephews. When my daughter had her first child in 2013, I found this lesson and used it to make blankets too. I know Mother would have made some if she were still with us. I'm still making them for special babies and sharing this tutorial with others. It is about time I said, 'thank you and God bless you'.

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