#34 – What? That’s Not a Ripple!

I want more time to weave. Making more blankets for the foster kids would be nice too.

Well. . . crocheting an edging on a blanket-sized piece of fleece, approx. 40″ x 60″. . .

474 striped fleece with crocheted edging

only took me about two hours, a quick project compared to the ten or more it takes to crochet a little ripple. Why, I can edge two fleece blankets per week and still gain at least 6 hours for weaving! That’s a Wonderful Win-Win for both the foster kids and me.

As you already know, from this post back in January, I just happen to have a little fleece remnant stash in the attic.

374 - fleece in several boxes/bags

I’ve already picked out fleece and yarn for my next three blankets, a second one for this week and two for next, all boy combos.

474 three for the boys

Stay tuned – I’m working on a crochet-edged fleece tutorial!

474 striped fleece - close-up

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18 Responses to #34 – What? That’s Not a Ripple!

  1. tiniree says:

    Oh very neat! Are any of the fleece pieces (say that fast 5 times, lol) actual fleece blankets they sell at the stores? I never thought of adding a homemade touch like an edging. Great idea! Can’t wait for the tutorial πŸ™‚

    • Fleece pieces, fleece pieces, fleece pleeces, etc. HAhaha.

      I remember getting a couple of those ‘finished’ fleece (try saying Finished Fleece fast!) blankets at Sal’s once, but where they are in my stash pile is anybody’s guess. I’m sure to come across them eventually!

    • I forgot, in a comment on the ‘thrifty crochet cotton’ post Becky explained how she did exactly that – crocheted a border on a purchased fleece blanket!

      The machine stitching was coming loose so she removed it and crocheted a foundation round using the holes that were left in the fleece with #10 crochet cotton and a #7 steel hook. Then, into that round she worked a gorgeous multi-colored border with RHSS yarn. You can see her finished blanket and read the details here in Ravelry.

      Thank You for sharing, Becky!

      • anastacia says:

        Funny you mention that. I’ve been thinking of doing that for our niece this year for Christmas. She already has 2 crocheted afghans from auntie, plus several blankies for her babies, but I thought it would be fun to take a fleece blanket (or actual fleece, hmm), embroider her name in the corner with some butterflies & ladybugs – her favorites – and add an edging.

      • Butterflies and ladybugs – so cute πŸ™‚
        Adding hand-embroidered details is sure to make your niece’s blanket Extra Special!

  2. Oh, my gosh! I love it! That’s great, Linda! Something new, twice the number of blankets, more time for other pursuits, and my favorite: you get to dig into stash! Way to go!

    I’ll be looking for your tutorial. Your holes are so evenly spaced. My sister gave me some fleece remnants when I was doing pet charity. I learned quickly that hand sewing took forrrevvvverrrr, so the bag went into the garage. Now, it might get resurrected.

    • Oh, I think you’re going to want to try this!
      These blankets are like microwave popcorn, Pop!, Pop!, POP-Pop-POP!!
      So go dig out your bag of fleece. You’ve got time; it’s going to take me at least a week to finish the tutorial.

  3. Renee says:

    A Little fleece remnant stash in the attic? Oh yes I see it.

  4. yarnchick40 says:

    It turned out adorable!!!

  5. Kathy says:

    That came out so pretty!! Do you have a yearly total of donated afghans? I imagine
    doing all the fleece you have….this might be your big number year! Do they recognize you for all your time volunteering to make all you do? Like yearly banquets? Have a great day! Kathy πŸ™‚

    • Thank You! The Light Raspberry edging really sets off the colors in the stripes doesn’t it?!

      Yes I do, at least for the years since I started numbering them in Ravelry and here on the blog. Last year’s total was 57 and the year before was 62.

      It would definitely be my all-time record, and one that would probably stand for years to come too, if I were to work my way through ALL of that fleece by the end of this year!! But I don’t see that happening. lol.

      I get lovely notes of encouragement and thanks.
      But you already know that I don’t make these blankets in hopes of getting recognition.

      Thanks, and you have a Great Day too!

      • Kathy says:

        That’s nice to get a little note here and there. Sometimes you see organizations do a banquet or something to recognize all who help by volunteering their time and such. But we all know it’s what’s in our heart that makes us feel good in helping others!!…Kathy πŸ™‚

  6. Christa says:

    How do you crochet edgings on fleece??? What kind of hook do you use???

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