My neighborhood stitch club got together to make blankets for Project Linus. Project Linus is a charity that collects new, handmade blankets and takes them to a facility where it will be given to a deserving child. “Blankets are collected locally and distributed to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere that a child might be in need of a big hug.” Our neighborhood Women’s Club collected them to donate to children in Harnett County, North Carolina through the Harnett County Sheriff’s Department, EMS and other emergency vehicles. The blankets also go the Harnett County Safe House.
A lady in our stitch club shared a quick and easy project idea for our stitch club to work on as a group so I thought I’d share it with you the blanket I made and the steps. It’s super easy and SUPER QUICK!
Here is what you need:
– Piece of fleece fabric – mine was cut 4′ x 4′
– Rotary cutter with skip stitch blade (that makes wide spaced cuts)
– Yarn in coordinating color – I used Red Heart With Love Bubblegum
– Crochet Hook – I used Susan Bates US K10.5/6.5mm
– Yarn needle
With fabric spread out on a hard surface, use the rotary cutter to make cuts in the fabric about 3/4″ – 1″ from the edge.
Grab your hook and yarn. Here comes the fun part! :)
With the front of the fleece facing you, insert the hook into any cut except in one of the corners.
Draw up a loop.
Yarn over and pull the yarn through loop on the hook.
Chain 1, half double crochet in next cut. Repeat across edge to the first corner.
Below shows an underneath shot of how the stitches cause the fabric to fold under.
In the corner: hdc, ch 1, hdc, ch 1, hdc.
Ch 1, hdc in next cut. Repeat across next edge to the next corner. Repeat corner stitch.
Repeat steps around and join with a slip stitch to beginning stitch.
Fasten off. With yarn needle, weave in the ends.
See what adding a little crochet border will do for a piece of fleece.
I’m happy to work on such a fun project and know it will go to a child in need. If you’d like to donate handmade blankets to Project Linus, click here for more details.