Uh-Oh I think I found a new addiction! I love the look of the crocheted bordered blankets that I have seen, and so I thought that I would try it. Well I didn't tackle a blanket, just yet, but a bib, something very small and manageable to do for a first try.
You can find the Bib, Here
You can also find a tutorial on how to add a crocheted edge onto a blanket here
My Pattern Rows:
Starting at the top of one of the "arms" of the bib
Row 1: Sc around the bib taking special care to be even, if you have punched holes around with a 1/16" hole punch then just sc in each hole around, join with slst
Row 2: Ch 1, hdc in same sc, ch 1, *skip next sc, 2 hdc in next sc, ch 1. Repeat from * around entire bib, join with slst
Row 3: slst into ch 1 space, sc in ch 1 space, *5 dc in next ch 1 space, sc in next ch 1 space. Repeat from * around to approximately the same spot on the top of the other "arm" of the bib. cut tail and sew in all ends.
The Flower is from Nicky Epsteins Crocheted Flowers Book.
Here are some photos of the Bib that I created...
I added this fast little crocheted flower and wooden button to decorate the bib, it didn't really need it, but I like it. I thought about this afterwards, but if you were to make it big enough, you could add Velcro to the back of the embellishment to make it removable, you could then make more embellishments to go with the seasons, or anything else you want to add. Putting the loop side of the Velcro on the bib itself and the hook side on the embellishment, this way if you chose not to add an embellishment that day, the Velcro wouldn't catch on things.
While the Bib is not really reversible, it could be, the soft texture of the flannel coupled with the cotton stripes gives the bib a cute and cuddly feel.
Things I have learned with this first project...
- it might be better to just sew the bib together rather then serge it, unless you are using a rolled hem stitch as the serging shows through the sc around the bib.
- pick a good but lower thread count material, as it is easier to poke the crochet hook through
- you can also use a 1/16" hole punch to make holes around your project if you are using a thicker crochet thread, which is what I ended up doing, using the sew line as my guide