Monday, July 23, 2007

Crocheted-Edge Blanket Tutorial

( Edit: Click here to see more of finished blankets and more edging variations. )

Because I've had a number of people ask me how I make the baby blankets with the crocheted edging, I decided to post a tutorial-of-sorts here. I am not going to show how to crochet, but will tell how I make my blankets. If you don't know a few basic crochet techniques, you can learn from a library book, other book, or online.

1 yard of flannel
size 10 crochet thread (available at craft stores or Wal-mart)
size 8 steel crochet hook
optional: serger

  • Start by squaring off the yard of fabric into a 36" x 36" piece.

  • Fold the fabric so that all four corners are together, one on top of another.

  • Use a small plate as a template to draw rounded corners. Cut along the traced line through all four layers. (I used my rotary cutter to cut directly through all 4 layers of the fabric).

  • You may stitch a narrow hem, or just serge around the fabric like I did.

  • Poke the crochet hook through the edge of the fabric and begin crocheting a single-crochet stitch around the blanket. If you serged the edge, narrowly turn it to the back one time as you crochet, encasing the serged edge. If you stitched a narrow hem around the blanket, just encase that hem as you crochet.

  • Continue crocheting around, using any edging pattern you desire. For most of my blankets, I use a simple 2-round, picot stitch edging, as follows:

  • Round 1: single-crochet, chain 2, single-crochet, chain 2. Repeat until you are all the way around the blanket.

  • Round 2: Slip stitch into the beginning single-crochet. Chain 4, slip stitch into the same single-crochet (picot formed). Slip stitch two times into the chain-2 loop. Slip stitch into the next single-crochet. Make picot. Repeat all the way around. Fasten off.

Round 1: single-crochet, chain 2

Round 2: picot stitch
You don't see the serging because it was turned to the back as I crocheted along.

That's it! If you make any of these blankets, I'd love to see pictures!


p.s. I like to make a matching burp cloth with the scrap piece of flannel that I cut off when squaring up the blanket. I listed this finished set in my Etsy store.


  1. AnonymousJuly 24, 2007

    I want to thank you for posting this tutorial. When my daughter was born we received several blankets with crocheted edges. Unfortunately one unraveled and it's been over 14 years and I didn't know how to fix it. The
    giver has passed and now I hope to be able to do this. First I need to learn to crochet LOL.

  2. Ruth,

    Thank you for sharing that. I have a pattern that I use and it has you put a certain amount of stitches in and it can be very frustrating and time consuming!! I can't wait to try your method! I hope you all are well!

    Love, Heather

  3. I wrote to you a few months back and you very graciously tried to help me, but I just couldn't make it do right!!! Thanks for the tutorial. I'm going to figure this out if its the last thing I do.

  4. AnonymousJuly 24, 2007

    The blankets are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing how you created the edging.

  5. Ruth,

    Thanks! I used your ideas to crochet an edging on a sachet I made my Mom for her birthday. (See it on my blog at It was time-consuming as I had to use a sharp tapestry needle to make a hole through the layers of fabric for the crochet needle - but worth it!

    BTW, I know your sister, Theresa; she's a great cook and a good friend.


  6. The Blanket are beautifull. I love what your passion is making you create.
    -Please leave a comment when you visit

  7. I just stumbled upon your blog and have to say that everything you and Jessica create is beautiful! Having just started with this blogging thing, I am very jealous of you having Katie to help with the technical stuff!


  8. Thank you! Your blanket and burp pad are so cute! I've been wanting to try this, but just haven't given it a try yet. Your tutorial is great and now I will definitely make one.

  9. Ruth,

    I have often wondered how you did the crochet edging on these sweet blankets. Your tutorial is great.

    You asked how I was doing a short time ago. I am having a good summer and staying busy with the family and my crafts. Plus I've been thinking about our homeschooling ideas for this year. Hope all is well with you!!!


  10. Oo, this is neat! Going to be bookmarking your blog for sure :) Now I just need to learn more about crochet. I learned a little from my grandma when I was little but don't know anything official :)

  11. They are sweet and beautiful. Thank you for the tutorial. I will definately use it. I have been looking for projects for teens to do. We make quilts and items for charity. I'll post photos. Look at our photo blog.
    Thanks again.

  12. This is an adorable blanket! Thanks for the how-to!

  13. I'm drooling over these blankets. Thanks for the tutorial. I'm going down to my sewing room right now to see what cute flannel might be hiding in there!


  14. That is such an adorable blanket!!! (I came here through Randi @ i have to say) :)

  15. I love to crochet around baby blankets and burp clothes also. I found that I can make the holes in the fabric with my sewing machine using a "wing tipped needle" and the "daisy stitch". Works out perfect.

  16. I love to crochet around baby blankets and burp clothes also. I found that using a "Wing Tipped Needle" on my sewing machine and what I call the daisy stitch makes perfect holes. If you don't have a daisy stitch on your machine there are others that will work also making the holes.

  17. Thank you for this tutorial. My local quilt shop (Las Vegas) wants to charge for patterns or classes using this technique and I admire your time and generosity.

  18. I linked over here from Dawn at 4:53. I have made several edged blankets over the years but I have been using some hospital blankets that I bought at a fabric warehouse instead of making my own. These are really cute.

  19. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I have been asked to do this for a friend, and this is the best instructions I could find that didn't require scissors, hole punch, or serger. Thank you!

  20. I found your blog from google -- I'm wanting to make these, but last time I did them I had a lady hem-stitch the edges for me. Now, I've moved and no one I know has a machine to do that. How do you poke the crochet hook through the fabric?

  21. Hilary,
    I just use my crochet hook to poke through the fabric. Your hook should poke "between" the fibers, not breaking any fabric threads. It's not hard.

  22. Hi Ruth,
    I love the tutorial, but i do have a question since I do not crochet much. How far apart are the holes and have you used bigger thread to do these? When I looked at the size 10 thread it looked mighty fine. Thank you again for the tutorial and I hope to try one of these pretty soon. My friend is having a baby and I thought this would be cute.

    My stitches are approximately 1/4 inch apart, maybe slightly less. I don't measure but just eyeball it the best I can as I go around. If you look closely, the stitches are not exactly the same distance apart. Yes, I have made these with other yarns. I once used a yarn called "Senso" or something like that, and I've used a cotton yarn called "Peaches and Cream." I've also used regular sports-yarn, but it doesn't look as pretty after numerous washings.

    If you use a bigger yarn, you will still need to poke your holes with the smaller crochet hook and then use a bigger hook to crochet the bigger yarn. I hope this makes sense. You can't poke the holes with a big hook, but you need the bigger hook to crochet the bigger yarn. I can do the small thread/small hook quicker than I can used a small hook to poke the holes and then switch to a bigger hook to crochet the thicker yarn. Of course, if you do a foundation round of single crochet this way, then the second round will go much faster. Oh, "Knit-CroSheen" is a nice yarn that is bigger than the #10 thread, but you can still use the small hook to crochet it.

    I hope this helps. If you make a blanket, send me a picture. :-)

  23. AnonymousJuly 16, 2008

    I was surfing the net today and found your blog. WOW. What a great resource.
    I have a site where I provide baby blanket gift ideas. I thought it might be mutually beneficial if we swapped blogroll links.

    Please take a look at my site and see if it's something you might be interested in. If you are at all interested please shoot me an email and let me know the text you want me to use in your link. I'll get it up right away and then send you the text for my link.

    Look forward to hearing from you.


  24. For those who are struggling. Essentially when you go around again stop every few stitches and chain 3 then slip stitch it in the same stitch.

  25. If you just poke the needle through the fabric, how do you make sure it's spaced correctly? Also, do you double the fabric with both right sides out so you don't see a wrong side? Thanks.

  26. This is BEAUTIFUL!!! Perfect for what I needed it for!!! Thank you for sharing - I could not find anyone that could help me... My grandmother used to do this and I did not sit down and learn it from her. I was "too busy"... and now I regret it! Thank you again!!!

  27. I'm hoping that I can follow the instructions as I don't really know how to crochet. I'm hoping to crochet around a hooded bath towel that I have serged for a baby gift.

  28. Great tutorial! Thanks for posting...such a pretty pattern.
    Just a quick tip that I found this go around...I use a soft touch thread pic (very small tip) and "pre-poke" that first round of holes in the fabric. It makes the first round of crocheting MUCH easier and quicker!
    Thanks again for posting this!

  29. wonderful tutorial thank you I make Baby quilts using my machine embroidery

  30. I am thrilled to have found this tutorial! A friend's mother-in-law made 2 blankets for my now 13 year old daughter. These were her favorites and she had me put them in the cedar chest for safe keeping. I will be using your tutorial for my future grandbabies

  31. So thankful to have found this tutorial! My grandmother passed away a few years ago, and she used to make these thypes of blankets for baby gifts. I inherited all of her fabric, and she had started many baby blankets, and I want to finish them just the way she would have, it was so pretty! Sadly, I never took an interest in crochet or sewing until she had passed away. Wish she had taught me!

  32. Nice and very informative! I really like your information about Crochet-Edge Blanket Tutorial, your article is very helpful for sewing these baby blankets. Thanks for sharing!!!

  33. Thank you for this!! How do you poke through the fabric? My crochet hook is just too dull to do the job. Thanks.

  34. Thanks for this! How do you poke your crochet hook through the fabric? Mine is just too dull to get the job done. Is there a special sharp hook you can use?

  35. Very nice! I have never seen a sharp crochet hook - we live and learn! Thank you! I might try making these.

  36. Before starting to crochet, I use my ice pick to poke the holes all around the blanket which (for me) makes the holes more evenly spaced. Thanks for your info; I found you on Pinterest.

  37. Thank you so much for the great tutorial. I linked to it here...

  38. I was so happy to find this tutorial. Over 35 years ago my Granny taught me many stitches to crochet edging around baby receiving blankets, burp cloths, pillow cases, etc. It's been probably 16 or 17 years since I've crocheted edging and found that I couldn't remember some of Granny's stitches. Now that I have your site to consult I can start crocheting for my grandbabies again.

  39. AnonymousMay 06, 2013

    These remind me so much of my grandmother. She used to do these as sets; blankets, burp bibs, and wash cloths and give as baby gifts. Moms went crazy over them and even came back to ask her to do some for their friends. Thanks for the tutorial!

  40. AnonymousMay 07, 2013

    Hi thank you so much for you tutorial,it is really good,as I am in the U,K I dont really know what fabric you are using, can you tell me what fabric the flannel fabric is made from is it cotton Winceyette as we call it in England, or is it man made fabric like the fleecy fabric.

    Many Thanks

    1. The fabric is 100% cotton flannel, not fleece. I hope this helps.

  41. I just recently found your blog!! I had always bought my receiving blankets done with the hemstitching technique and was wanting to make my own!! Great idea on the serging technique!!