Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Applying Wrights Blanket Binding...

Applying Blanket Binding

Wrights®Blanket Binding has woven edges. That means there is no need to use a zig zag stitch when applying it. Additionally, when washed and dried it will not fray nor loose it's luster.

The thickness of blanket may cause binding to pucker. This can be reduced by loosening stitch tension.

Blanket binding is folded slightly off center for ease of use. Place narrow side up when applying.

What's Great About Blanket Binding?

  • It's woven edges won't fray  
  • It's completely washable and dryable  
  • It's folded to make using it extra easy  
  • It's 100% polyester for a beautiful luster

To Apply:

1.With narrow side up, fold blanket binding over edge of fabric, pin in place and stitch as close to the woven edge of the blanket binding as possible.

2. To bind around a corner,sew blanket binding to corner of fabric, as shown. Stop at corner, remove from sewing machine, and clip threads. DO NOT CUT BLANKET BINDING.

3.Fold blanket binding around corner so that a neatly mitered pleat is formed on the top and bottom at the corner and pin.
4. Place fabric under pressure foot at the mitered pleat and begin to sew, making sure to backtack at the mitered pleat.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Awesome Navajo Design Blankets.... by Pam

Navajo Indian Multi-Colored Baby Afghan

Size: Approximately 40" x 36"

Materials: 1--8 oz. skein of each color, 4-ply yarn #4 worsted

Hook: Size I

Each row is worked separately; do not turn. leave a 4" end of yarn at the start and end of each row for fringe.

All single crochets (sc) are made in the back loops of stitches. All double crochets (dc) are made in the front loops of stitches in second row from one being worked on.

Start with Color A (Baby Blue) for border. Ch 125 and break yarn.


Rows 1-5: Sc in each stitch across with border color (A).


Row 6: Color A: Sc in 2 sc, 1 dc, (19 sc, 1dc) end with 2 sc. Be sure to skip 1 sc behind each dc.

Color B (Royal Blue):

Row 7: 3 sc, 1 dc, (17 sc, 1 dc, 1 sc, 1 dc), end 3 sc.

Row 8: 4 sc, 1 dc, (15 sc, 1 dc, 3 sc, 1 dc), end 4 sc

Row 9: 5 sc, 1 dc, (13 sc, 1 dc, 5 sc, 1 dc), end 5 sc.

Color C (Baby Blue):

Row 10: 6 sc, 1 dc, (11 sc, 1 dc, 7 sc, 1 dc), end 6 sc.

Row 11: 7 sc, 1 dc, (9 sc, 1 dc, 9 sc, 1 dc), end 7 sc.

Row 12: 8 sc, 1 dc, (7 sc, 1 dc, 11 sc, 1 dc), end 8 sc.

Color D (White):

Row 13: 9 sc, 1 dc, (5 sc, 1 dc, 13 sc, 1 dc), end 9 sc.

Row 14: 10 sc, 1 dc, (3 sc, 1 dc, 15 sc, 1 dc), end 10 sc.

Row 15: 11 sc, 1 dc, (1 sc, 1 dc, 17 sc, 1 dc), end 11 sc.

Color A (Baby Blue):

Row 16: 12 sc, 1 dc, (19 sc, 1 dc), end with 12 sc.

Rep rows 15, 14, and 13.

Rep rows 12, 11, and 10.

Rep rows 9, 8, and 7.

Rep row 6. Begin pattern again with row 7.

When afghan reaches desired size, rep rows 1-5 after row 6 to complete the pattern.

Notes: This afghan was originally designed for Black/Gray/Red/White combination. To make afghan in 3 colors, use Color A for Color C. I changed Row 16 to Color B (Royal Blue) to give more contrast--it is between rows of white. Might do this with Row 6 also.

For a full size afghan, Ch 245 stitches. Or larger Ch 285. (Multiple of 20 + 5).

In 4 color combination: 8-12 oz. of Color A; 12-16 oz. each of Colors B, C, D

In 2010, provided by Pam Halbert of Holy Needles