With the long car ride to see the parents, I worked on baby blankets. The first blanket is for a girl. I have had the little sheep print flannel hidden in the stash for many years and it was time for it to come out. I had to purchase the pink flannel for the back, but Wal-Mart has a good price on flannel. I decided on the regular weight pink yarn so I used the skip stitch blade #1 to make the cuts. I cut at 1/2 inch from the edge.
I thought this would be close enough to the edge that I would not get a long drop, but as I started the first row, the drop was longer than I liked so I folded the edge over. I had to convince myself that the fold looked ok, but I like the
look of the fold better than the long drop.
On the next flannel blanket I make, I will cut at 1/4 inch from the edge and that should solve my problem with the length of the drop. I will have to sew closer to the edge of the blanket so the seam allowance does not interfere with the skip stitch blade, so we will see how that turns out the next time I do a blanket. I do not cut or sew very straight, so sewing that close to the edge may present a problem.
After finishing the first row, I decided to change to white yarn. So, the second row is just a chain 3 and slip stitched in every 3rd stitch of the first row. After completing the second row, I switched back to pink and started to do a scalloped edges around the blanket, but I was not happy with the results. The pink scallops covered all the white chain and you could not even tell that I changed colors. I thought about going back to the white to do the scallops, but then I just started chaining again. I chained 3 then slip stitched into the white chain, and I am very pleased with the end results. I like the design so much that I will do the exact same thing again on another blanket, and this time I will do it that way on purpose.
It is made from two remnant that I picked up at Wal-mart recently. Because the flannel came from the remnant bin, they were not full yards so the blanket is a little odd sized and
smaller than I would have normally made.
I could have cut some off and squared up the blanket but that would have made it really small and I would rather have a couple of extra inches on the blanket, than to throw away the pieces I would have cut off.
I picked the remainder of a skien of soft yarn from another project to go around this blanket. Even though the yarn is thinner than regular yarn, it is still 4 ply so I went ahead and used the skip stitch blade #1, and I think the end results turned out very well.
Once again I cut at 1/2 inch from the edge, not having learned my lesson from the previous blanket yet, so I folded the edge on the first row. For the second row, I tried to do the peak pattern I like so much for boy’s blankets but with the thinner yarn it just did not look that good, so I switched to a scallop pattern instead.
The pattern is chain 2, skip 2 stitches, 5 double crochets in the 3rd stitch, chain 2, skip 2 stitches, and slip stitch in the next.
I think the blanket and edge turned out cute. Hopefully, the little guy I am giving this blanket to will like the dogs on it and his mom will like the brown scalloped edge.