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Monday, January 9, 2012

Re-New Recieving Blanket - Sharp Crochet Hook

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So Santa (aka the mailman) brought me a Sharp Crochet Hook for Christmas. Let me say, as soon as I saw the idea, I was smitten. I pinned it immediately, and then when Santa (aka Google Chrome) asked me what I wanted for Christmas, this inexpensive little hook was in the mail in no time flat.  To take it for a test run, I decided to take a cute but slightly worn receiving blanket from Olivia and add a sweet little pink cotton shell edging to give it life for the new baby. (Granted, I could have a boy. I plan on doing a boy one as well.)

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Basically, the sharp crochet hook is exactly what it sounds like. Instead of a curved hook, the tip is sharp so you can poke it through fabric. I’ve wanted to play with edging with crochet for a while, but the idea of first doing a blanket stitch or punching holes with an awl bored me to tears. My ADD would have none of it. Now this, on the other hand, I can do. It took a bit of getting used to, for tension for example, but after a bit of playing this was my first project. The sharp crochet hook comes with a pattern booklet. Did I follow it? Hahaha, good one. The patterns are adorable, and I’m definitely going to try some of them. But for round one, I went with a continuous 8-shell.

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If you’d like to make your own, here’s the pattern:

Receiving Blanket 8-shell Edging

You need:
-sharp crochet hook
-3.25 mm (USD3) regular crochet hook
-cotton yarn for size 3 hook

sc = single crochet
ch =chain
sl st = slip stitch
dc = double crochet
sk = skip stitch

Round one: sc with sharp crochet hook about 1/4” apart around the perimeter of a receiving blanket. Sl st into first sc to end.

Round two: with 3.25mm regular crochet hook, ch 3, do 7 dc in the sl st, sk 2, sc, sk 2, 8 dc in next st. Repeat  (sk 2, sc, sk 2, 8dc) around. End with a shell, sk 2, sc, sk 2 (or flub it a bit, skipping one or three, to make it fit) and then sl st into the ch3.

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Feel free to ask if that is at all unclear and I’ll try fix it up for you, and if Santa happened to forget that you’re a hooker, at $10.99 with the book and $6.99 without, the Sharp Crochet Hook is barely a splurge so much as skipping a coffee or two.

(disclaimer – I was not paid for, asked for, or given free product for this. I – uh, I mean, Santa – bought it and loved it.)

7 comments:

  1. Looks good. Looking forward to seeing more projects done with this. Passed on the post to a friend.

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  2. That looks very cool. If I ever get a chance to learn how to crochet I am going to try this!

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  3. Love this, very cute! You're so talented!!

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  4. Your blanket is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing the pattern.
    Is it necessary to overcast the edges of the flannel? I've never sewn flannel before, does it fray?

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    1. It does fray, it's like a fluffy cotton. I would recommend finishing the edge (and rounding corners so the pattern can flow around it) but even pinking it or a zig zag stitch could do it as long as you don't push through too close to the edge.

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  5. That blanket is just the cutest thing! I love the Sharp hook! I didn't finish the edges on the flannel blanket I crocheted an edging on, but I gave it as a gift . . . so hopefully it's not fraying like crazy in its new home :-/ I have some pink polka dot flannel just like yours that I bought to crochet an edging on but I haven't gotten around to it yet--you're making me really excited to get to work on it!

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