Fabric Squares and Crochet Borders – A baby blanket

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This is a baby blanket I have made a few years ago, after I stumbled upon the Pipers Girls blog. The girls posted a tutorial on making blankets with squares of fabric that are assembled with yarn. I cannot find the tutorial again, but I guess it is still in their archive posts.

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My blanket was tuck away in a box, with other baby things. My eyes fell on it as I was doing some cleaning a few weeks ago and I thought that you may like to see it. This is a fun project.

You start by cutting squares in whatever fabric you have. I used a pale blue stretchy cotton and a white cotton. You make sandwiches (fabric on the bottom, batting, fabric on the top) and secure them in place with a stitch all around the perimeter of the squares. If your fabrics tend to fray, like mine did, I suggest you use the zigzag stitch.

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Then, you start crocheting. For that, you will need a fabric punch, yarn and a crochet hook  that is small enough to pass through the holes made with the punch.

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I started by crocheting a foundation row all around each square with single crochets. After that, I was able to assemble the squares together, with a long piece of yarn and a tapestry needle.  

Fabric Squares with Crocheted Border - A baby blanket - francenadeau.com
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I finished the blanket with a row of scallops. And flowers in the corners.

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Below are pictures of both sides of the blanket, wrinkled (it has been washed a few times).

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Yes, this is a fun project. Great for beginners. Or for more advanced crafters who wish to relax. If I make another such blanket, I think that I will quilt the squares to secure even more the sandwiched fabrics and reduce the amount of wrinkles.

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Log Cabin Afghan

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This is an afghan I have made as a Christmas gift for my mother. I started last August and finished just a few days before Christmas. It is made of 36 log cabin blocks. Crocheting it was a real pleasure. I started by making 36 centres and continued one color at a time for the 36 blocks.

I followed a pattern by Red Heart for the blocks, but did not follow the instructions when the time came to assemble the log cabins. I opted for a single crochet stitch in white. Then I made a border with five rows of single crochets, also in white. I used sock yarn and a 3.5 mm hook.

I was very pleased with my choice of colors and almost wished I could keep the afghan for myself. The possibilities that I crochet another one in the future are increasing, as my memory of all the ends I had to thread is fading…

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Nosegay Afghan

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This is an afghan I have made for my father as a Christmas gift. I followed a Red Heart pattern for the nosegay square blocks. Finding the original pattern somewhat too feminine for my father, I decided to use four colors and to omit the fringe.

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Each square features a little bouquet. You will notice that each nosegay is different from the others. It just happened, without me even knowing it. You may have experienced the same while following a pattern…

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I tied the stems with a simple chain.

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I assembled the squares with a red stripe.

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I made a border of stripes with the left over yarn.

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The whole afghan was crocheted with Phildar Lambswool (49% acrylic, 51% lamb wool) and a 5 mm hook. This yarn is a pleasure to work with, let me tell you! (Unfortunately, dark grey days followed other dark grey days, which made it difficult for me to take beautiful pictures of the afghan. The colors in them are the real colors of the yarn, though.) Thank you for visiting and Happy New Year!

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Brick-Wall Blanket – A picture-and-chart-only tutorial

Brick-Wall Blanket - crochet tutorial at francenadeau.comBrick-Wall Blanket - crochet tutorial at francenadeau.comBrick-Wall Blanket - crochet tutorial at francenadeau.comI have made this Brick-Wall Blanket with leftover baby yarn. Most of the blanket was made with the double-crochet stitch. The rest is a combination of chain stitch, slip stitch and single crochet for a lacy border. And more double crochets for a finishing touch of scallops. Below is a picture of a chart I have draw for this Brick-Wall Blanket. The printable picture-and-chart-only tutorial can be found here.http://francenadeau.com/tutorials__instructions

Here are other blankets I have made with the same yarn. Plus a cape. In fact, all those projects were crocheted with the same yarn balls. Four big balls. I think I am ready for a change of colors… (You can click on the pictures to read about them.)

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