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I'm interested in buying this pattern but wondering if anyone has washed this blanket? I am concerned about one side, (crochet) or the other side (fabric) shrinking, and distorting or pulling the opposing side out of shape. Or the crochet side getting saggy after washing. What would be the "care instructions" to include with this as a baby gift? Do you prewash your fabric side first? Thanks for any replies.
Hi Sparkliie! I have made many of these blankets as gifts and custom orders. I have also sold hundreds of patterns. It is my #1 selling pattern. If you follow the instructions in the pattern, it is all machine wash and dry. I do not prewash my fabric, but you certainly could. I have received many notes from customers that they have washed the blanket without and problem and even passed it down to younger siblings. I hope this helps. - sheila
Thank you for your reply. It does put my mind at ease. I plan to use flannel as my fabric part of the pattern, and I do know from past experience, it can shrink quite a bit if not pre washed.
ok I am TOTALLY confused...how does the finished blanket come out looking like repeat circle stitches by repeating rows 1 and 2 which are the same single crochet stitch?
By using three strands together and the large hook. Single crochet in any weight yarn or hook size look like circles. Using the large hook emphasizes this effect. I hope this helps.
This may be a stupid question, but do you fold the edges of the fabric in so that there is a clean edge that will not fray?
Great question! Yes you so.
I am stumped by the instructions for this pattern. Row 1 and 2, it is just plain single crochet?
You are correct. This is a simple single crochet pattern for beginners.
Do you think this blanket will be too heavy for a newborn?
I have made many for newborns and get many special orders for this as baby shower gifts. If you feel it is too heavy, you can certainly adjust the yarn and hook size for a lighter weight blanket.
Thanks so much!
I am having trouble finding " Hello Kitty Hot Pink " button thread for my blanket. Would it be ok to use a good quality all purpose thread and sew with two strands instead of one? Thanks!
I'm sorry to be getting to you so late. I just found your note. That is exactly what I do when I cannot find button thread!
I have already made several of these blankets. This is now my go-to gift for someone that is having a new baby. I also made some a few months ago for a silent auction for charity and they went over well. Thanks for the great idea!
I am so happy you are enjoying the pattern. Isn't your gift greeted with ooo's and ahhh's at the shower? It is expected of me, when I attend one, that I knit or crochet something, and this is my fav!
I love the pattern. I just wish you would be more upfront and tell people BEFORE they purchase it that you will not allow them to sell any items made from the pattern :(
The copyright information is listed on the pattern page in the Pattern Description box.
Hi Shelia,I LOVE this reversible blanket...can you tell me where to find the fabric and yarn for the one with the mopeds/brown and red yarn?It would make a perfect gift for my new grandson due next month.Thanks!Ruth Ann
Ruth Ann, I bought that fabric in a local shop here in Omaha. The designer is Henry Glass Tuscadelphia. If you try an fabric search on Etsy.com or google, you might be able to find it! I hope this helps. The yarn is from Hobby Lobby, I Love This Yarn.
Shelia,I love crocheting, knitting & quilting. THANK YOU for putting together the crocheting & quilting!!! I always thought of doing this but never really knew how to accomplish this feat ;)
Thank you for the very kind words! I'm a huge lover of yarn AND fabric. I'm working on some baskets lined with fabric! :)
Where can you buy the kit?
Hi Nancers121, thank you for the note. If you visit my Etsy shop here http://www.etsy.com/shop/sheilalikestoknit?section_id=6941497you can view my fabrics. If you like any of the selections, I'm happy to put a kit together for you of yarn color that you might like. You can send me a note through Etsy and I'd be happy to give you prices with yarn. I'm sorry it took me a few days to get back to you. Sheila
H Sheila!i love this pattern and really like the colors on the 2nd blanket you have pictured. It is the light colored yarn with the pattern that looks like it has leaves on it. Such a great neutral color. Can you tell me what color and brand of yarn that is and the fabric? Would fabric.com carry it? Please let me know where I can find it. Thanks!
My apologies for being so late in responding! I just saw your note. The brand of yarn is Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn in cream. I'm afraid the fabric was sent to be by a customer for a custom blanket, so I don't have any info on that for you.
Hi I'm very new to all this. I have knit for a while now but never crochet. I was wondering if there was a name for this pattern so maybe I can watch a video of how to do it. I saw something I think might be it but not sure "granny's square"?? Sorry for the silly question. Thanks!!
Thank you for the note. Not a silly question at all. I do not give out too much detailed information about my patterns other than what is provided on the pattern page. I can tell you it is an advanced beginner pattern. If you go on YouTube, you can find many videos on how to crochet. I am always available to help my customers, just send me a note! Good luck.
My favorite baby project yarn is a 3 weight, but has 404 yards/skein. Could I still use it? What kind of adjustments might I need to make? Can't wait to get started! Thanks!
Bethany, I've just noticed your note! You'd need to hold about 6 or more strands together throughout to achieve the same effect.
Oops, that comment below is me, but I wasn't logged in.
This is a beautiful project. I am interested in the pattern, but from the comments below, it sounds like it is going to be very heavy based on how much yarn is used. The part I am most interested in is the sewing part as I think lining one side of a babyghan with a soft flannel would be nice. Do you think the sewing part of the pattern is adaptable to other blanket designs?
Thank you for the note! I can assure you that the blanket is not too heavy! I have used flannel many times and many of my customers request it for a custom blanket. I am working on a entrelac pattern and plan on using fabric on the other side. So, in answer to your question, yes I think it is. I hope this helps.
Need to know a bit about the yarn to be used for this project. I understand the pattern calls for 3 skeins of 355yd. yarn each, right? Will all of the 355yds. be used up, or lots left over? Have found some yarn in one of our local wool shops that would be suitable, but each skein contains 210 yds. only, which means I would have to purchase 2 skeins of each strand used; if I will be using 3 different colors, that means 6 skeins to be bought; even by using only 2 different colors, I would still need 3(+1) skeins of one color and 2 skeins of the second color (again, 6 skeins).Another question: Can one use only 2 strands of a heavier yarn? If so, what weight of yarn would you suggest?Want to start this project yesterday, please advise asap. Maja Enad
Maja, thanks for the note! You will have leftover yarn, IF you are following my instructions on yarn weight (US medium worsted weight (4)) and yardage. If you purchase the yarn from your local shop, 210 yds per skein will not be enough, You will have to purchase more skeins. I would suggest buying as much, or more, from your local shop.....if you have remaining skeins left over, just return them. You can use only 2 strands of a heavier yarn, bulky weight (5) and maybe go down one hook size. I hope this helps!
If you don't mind me butting in :)...I have made this crochet blanket for years with a P size hook and 2 skeins of yarn and it's lovely! I am so excited to add fabric to it (and am wondering why on earth I didn't think of this before!) Have just shown my hubs and he was impressed and liked it as well! Thanks for the pattern!
You are so very welcome! Thanks for the note!
Sheila, I love love this pattern so easy and versatile! Have gotten many compliments at baby showers! Thanks!
Can you give more details in regards to the sewing aspect of attaching the fabric to the yarn? Does it require using a sewing machine? Thanks!
Disregard my question. I guess "people" should read the entire description. :)
No worries! I am guilty of doing the same thing!
Im not very good at crocheting but I do have some blankets that are crocheted that I have bought at uard sales and thrift stores...I have been thinking of a way to fix the crocheted blankets my kids love them but complain about there toes gpong through the holesThey will be excited. Thanks for sharing am awesome idea...I have got a project on my hands....lol
I love the "kitchy" yard sale and thrift store crocheted blankets! So very unique and loved!
My adult daughter was asking if I could crochet this type of blanket for her. I told her I would try to find a patern for it. So excited to find your blanket. I am a beginner and want to know how I can make this bigger maybe twice the size. Can I just double the yarn and fabric? Thank you so much. Just want you to know I admire your talent.
Grammadolly, thank you for the note and kind words! Double your yarn and fabric noting that you may have to run the fabric through the sewing machine before hand stitching to the blanket. If it will be so big as that, I would avoid sewing a seam up the middle of the fabric and opt for two seams....one on each side. I hope I'm making sense here! I don't know if you are a sewer (the stitching kind, not the collecting rain kind!)
I am in love with this blanket . I am a beginner on both aspects but feel its easy enough to do for a beginner.could I make it a few inches bigger for a toddler without actually doubling it?
Thank you for the note and kind words! You can certainly make it a bit larger by a couple inches on either sides, but not much more than that.
Hi, This is a wonderful blanket. And I would LOVE to be able to make one. I am a Beginner beginner on both crafts. I am going to take some classes :D and I am really excited about it. I think I am just going to go ahead a buy the pattern , I know I am getting the cart before the horse but it is soooooooooooo pretty. I would love to make a full size one to , to put on my couch. DREAMING!! :D Thank you for making this available. All your pieces are wonderful.
Thank you for the kind words! The pattern is ON SALE, so if you would like to purchase ahead, now is the time! I'd love to see your finished masterpiece so be sure to add it to the project section. Best, Sheila
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