Thursday, July 21, 2011

Edging Fleece with Crochet

Fleece Blanket using Skip-Stitch blade to crochet edge

Easy-to-follow instructions for making a blanket using a Skip-Stitch blade (blade available at )

  1. Place fleece on self-healing cutting mat.  Cut fleece into size desired, removing selvages (if necessary). (Rounding corners is optional... use plate or container cover to create rounded corner). 
  2. Position see-through ruler over 1/2" - 3/4" edge of fleece.
  3. Using a 45mm rotary cutter with the Skip-Stitch blade installed, run cutter along edge of ruler with enough pressure to perforate the fleece.
  4. Reposition ruler to continue cutting. Place a blade tooth in the last perforation in the fleece, and continue cutting.
  5. With right side facing you, just to the left of a corner, start edging the fleece by putting your hook (size H is favorable) through a hole, from the front, picking up the yarn from the back.  Pull through and continue to work a single crochet.  Chain 1. Continue single crochet, chain 1 around the fleece, completing the round with a slip stitch atop beginning stitch. (Work 3 single crochet stitches in each corner if you did not round the corners).
  6. Options: crochet only this initial row, add another row of single crochet, or try anything creative!

Scallop pattern: work this into the foundation row, or after a second row of single crochet, or try something different!
  1. From the front side of your project, slip-stitch into the foundation row.
  2. Skip a stitch and work 3 double crochet stitches in the next stitch .(or 3 hdc)
  3. Skip a stitch and slip stitch into next stitch.  Continue around, finishing the row with a slip stitch into the original slip stitch. (compromise as needed for a neat finish).
  4. Finish by weaving in ends. NO KNOTS!
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mama & Baby Bird Nest Outside NWMC Labor & Delivery Building!

In June, when Holy Needles' members made a delivery to the Women's Center at Northwest Medical Center, it was touching to see mama and baby doves nested just outside the entrance to the building.  Just outside the door where mommies pass through to deliver their babies into the world.  How ironic! 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

New to Crochet, Becky Made 71 Beanies and 5 sets of Booties!

71 Beanies!!  5 sets booties!

WOW!!  Thank you Becky. You surely did catch on to crocheting quickly!  All your creations will be much appreciated by Tucson's newborns and their families. 

Becky is only one of the many people involved with Holy Needles.  We are grateful to each and every one who donates their time and talent to create a little something for the newborns in the Tucson region who need a little something to cover them when they go home from the hospital.  A BIG THANK YOU!!

June 20th Meeting... Preparing for a HUGE 1203-item Delivery!

Wow! Holy Needles people have been busy!!!  1203 items have been created to deliver to newborns in Tucson!  Thank you!!!

Seen at the Holy Needles Meetings in April 2011

April: Around the meetings...