Thursday, April 11, 2013

Tiny Angel Blanket


This past week  I have been making tiny blankets in honor of my sweet cousin's baby who was born far too soon. 

My cousin, Shirley will be donating blankets to her local hospital on April 22, 2013 for her little Annie's upcoming due date. 

Shirley shares her story, as well as another tiny blanket tutorial on her blog, 
I Shir Can Craft

Please help support Shirley by donating a blanket, leaving her a kind comment or saying a prayer for her and her little one. 

Thank you.

Tiny Angel Blanket Tutorial



-Supplies-

14" x 14" square of fleece (mellow colors like pink, blue and white are preferred)
Soft Baby Weight Yarn (I used Caron Simply Soft)
Cutting Mat
Quilter's Ruler
Sewing Scissors
Rotary Cutter
Crochet Hook (I used a size D)
Yarn Needle
Pen

Be sure to wash and dry the fleece before you get started. You'll want your blanket to be extra soft for these sweet babies.

After you've prepared your fabric cut it into a 14" square.
You can easily cut 2 or 3 squares at a time by using a cutting mat, quilter's ruler and rotary cutter.


Round the corners of the blanket by tracing a bowl or something round.
You could use a fabric pencil or a pen that matches the blanket.


Using the ruler as a guide, mark the blanket with dots every 1/2". 
The dots will show you where to insert your hook when you crochet.


At this point the blanket should look like this:


Trim all four corners of the blanket.


I apologize that this photo isn't the best. 
The white yarn and pink fleece are so fluffy it was hard to get a clear picture of the crochet stitch.


If you know how to crochet this next step will be easy as pie.
If you are new to crocheting youtube has some great tutorials to help you get started.

To finish up the blanket with a sweet crochet edge make a slip knot and insert your crochet hook through one of the dots in a corner.

I usually have my blankets hemstitched before crocheting a decorative edge around them, but in this case the fleece is soft enough to push the hook through without the hemstitched holes.

If your hook doesn't push right through the fleece you can use your yarn needle to make your holes.

As I was saying, insert your hook through a dot in the corner of the blanket and pull up a loop.

Yarn over, pull through the first loop.
Yarn over again and pull through the second loop.

First stitch complete.

Yarn over, insert your hook into the same hole you just worked.
Yarn over pull through first two loops.
Yarn over again and pull through the next two loops.

Now your second stitch is complete.
You will have two double crochets in each hole.

Continue all the way around the blanket until you meet the first stitch. 
Slip stitch and tie off. 
Weave in the ends.

This stitch is simple and sweet.
If you'd like to add more you can continue around the blanket a second time, like I did with the pink blanket.

To make a crochet shell edge you will slip stitch, then yarn over and insert your hook into the first double crochet from the first row.

Pull up a loop.
Yarn over and pull up through first two loops.
Yarn over and pull through last two loops.

Repeat six times to create a shell.
Work a single crochet in the third stitch from the stitch you've been working.
Work a single stitch in the next stitch.

Repeat all the way around the blanket until you reach the beginning.
Slip stitch and tie off.
Weave in ends. 


The blanket is so tiny, perfect for little angels born too soon.


These sweet, tiny blankets are so simple to make that you'll be able to finish up a few in no time.

I crocheted a simple double crochet around the boy blankets and added a shell to the girl blankets.

These tiny angel blankets are much needed and appreciated by hospitals and a comfort to parents.


You can email Shirley at shirleyrhale@gmail.com for information on where to send your blankets.
I'm truly inspired by what a strong and beautiful woman she is by turning her loss into service for others.

Thank you Shirley for allowing me to be a part of this act of love.


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1 comment:

  1. Wow! Pretty pleasing to the eyes, I want to make one for my sweet angel. She really deserves to have one of these. Just love it mate.

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