Hi guys! Today, I’m sharing the final part of the 3-part Cottage Quilt Crochet-along Blanket. Part 3 is about adding the final touches to your blanket; specifically, the border and blocking process. I will also be sharing more details about the prize (and how to enter) which will be given away on December 20th. Let’s get started!
If you are new to the crochet-along, welcome! Before starting Part 3, you need to finish Part 1 and 2. We’ll meet you back here when you’re caught up:
Ch – chain
Hk – hook
St – stitch
Sl st – slip stitch
Sc – single crochet
Rs – right side
Ws – wrong side
Crochet-along Blanket Border:
For the border, I wanted something simple to complement the main part of the blanket, and not take away from the squares. I decided to go with 4 rounds of single crochet for the border. After each round, turn your work before starting the new round. By turning your work, you will create a reversible border, so you can flip flop between the 2 sides of your blanket, depending on your mood. I usually love the right side of the blanket, but today, I’m feeling the wrong side. It’s nice to be able to switch things up and choose how much texture you want to display!
- The beginning chain 1 of each round does not count as a stitch.
- Turn your work before starting each new round.
- The border adds approximately 2″ to the length and width of your blanket.
- Do not block your work before starting the border. The blocking process will happen after the border.
- I used Colour A for my blanket border, but you can use any colour within your blanket. You can even do a multi-coloured border, where each round is a different colour within your blanket. Be as creative as you want!
- Round 1 is worked into the top of each stitch or row, depending on the direction of the square.
The border will be worked along the outside edges of your blanket. Make sure that your blanket is facing the right side (RS) before you start your border.
Round 1 (Rs):
With Colour A, make a slip knot on your hook. Insert your hook into the top-right corner of your blanket. Fasten on with a slip stitch.
Ch 1, make 2 sc in 1st st/row (this is the corner); and 1 sc in each st/row across.
Turn your work so that you are working along the length of your blanket. Make 2 sc in the 1st st (this is the corner); and 1 sc in each st/row across.
Turn your work so that you are working along the other width of your blanket. Make 2 sc in the 1st st (this is the corner); and 1 sc in each st/row across.
Turn your work so that you are working along the other length of your blanket. Make 2 sc in the 1st st (this is the corner); and 1 sc in each st/row across.
Sl st into the 1st st of the round to join.
Round 2 (Ws):
Turn your work so the wrong side is facing you!
Repeat Round 1.
Round 3 (Rs):
Turn your work so the right side is facing you!
Repeat Round 1.
Round 4 (Ws):
Turn your work so the wrong side is facing you!
Repeat Round 1.
Fasten off. Weave in your ends with a yarn needle!
Pin this Crochet-along Blanket for Later!
Why You Should Block Your Blanket
Blocking your work is optional, but I highly recommend it for this blanket. If you’ve never blocked your work before, or you’re unsure of what it means to “block” something, let’s dive in. Blocking your work is done by wetting or steaming a crochet piece, which allows the stitches to relax, stretch out, and lie flat. Blocking will help to improve the drape of your blanket, and straighten out the squares and edges.
What Materials Do You Need?
Blocking your work does not have to be expensive; you can work with what you have on hand. To block your blanket, you will need:
- Straight Pins (found in the sewing section of any department store or dollar store)
- Steamer, Iron with Steam Setting, a spray bottle that you can fill with water, OR a large container/sink/tub.
- A piece of Styrofoam (garden mat or kids mat block from the dollar store), a piece of wood, a section of carpet, or a used mattress – basically anything that you can stick pins in!
When Should You Block Your Work?
- Once you’ve finished crocheting the border of your blanket!
How to Block Your Crochet-along Blanket
I’ve tried a few different methods of blocking, but my go-to method is steam blocking. However, I will discuss the 3 methods of blocking below: steam, wet, and spray blocking. If you prefer to learn through a video, here is a great tutorial by Hooked on Robin. This tutorial is done on a small square, but you’ll use the same technique on your blanket (skip to 9:16 to start the video).
Pin Your Blanket:
Before using the steam or spray blocking method, you need to pin your blanket to straighten it out. If you choose to use the wet blocking method, then wet your blanket before pinning it!
- To block your blanket, lay it on a flat surface that you can stick pins into!
- Use straight pins to hold your blanket in place, making sure that all of the sides are straight and the blanket is stretched out evenly.
- You may notice that some of your squares are bulging/not straight (shown in the picture below). To fix this, tug on the squares with your hands until they are straight. Hold their position in place with straight pins in each side or corner.
- Move the steamer/iron over one square at a time. Move the steamer/iron in the same direction as the stitches.
- Pull on your square to straighten it out. You can do this by moving your hands over the square, and gently pulling in the same direction as the stitches.
- Pull on the border of your blanket to straighten it out as you go along each square.
- Make sure that the steamer/iron is at least 2 inches away from your work.
- Let it dry.
- Once dry, remove the pins!
- Once you’ve pinned your blanket, use a spray bottle to spray the blanket lightly with water.
- Run your hands over the blanket to make sure that the water soaks into the stitches (and straighten the blanket as you go).
- Pull on each square to straighten it out. You can do this by moving your hands over the square, and gently pulling in the same direction as the stitches.
- Pull on the border of your blanket to straighten it out as you go along.
- Let your blanket dry overnight or wait 24 hours before unpinning it.
- Fill a tub/container/sink with water and soap (optional).
- Soak your blanket for a few minutes.
- Empty the tub/container/sink.
- Gently press and push down on the blanket with flat palms or fists to remove the water.
- Once you have most of the water out, place your blanket between 2 dry towels.
- Roll up the towels and gently press down as you go – this helps to squeeze out any excess water.
- Unroll the towels, and place the blanket on a flat surface that you can stick pins into!
- Follow the pin instructions above under “Pin your Blanket”.
- Let the blanket dry completely before removing the pins.
Prize for the Crochet-along Blanket Announced on December 20th!
Let’s talk about the Crochet-along Prize and how to enter for a chance to win. The crochet-along is winding down on December 19th, and a winner will be announced on December 20th. If you participate in the crochet-along, you have the chance to win $30 – sent to your PayPal e-mail – that you can use to buy yarn for your next project, along with your choice of 3 crochet patterns from my shop! To enter for a chance to win, post a picture of your finished OR partially finished Cottage Quilt Crochet-along Blanket in the Crochet-along Facebook Page. I can’t wait to see all of your creations!
Congratulations! You just finished Part 3 of the Cottage Quilt Crochet-along. You’re done your blanket! Woo-hoo! I hope you enjoyed making it as much as I did. For a chance to win a prize, post your progress pictures OR finished blanket in the Crochet-along Facebook Page before December 20th. However, if you prefer to share on Instagram, make sure to use the hashtag #cottagequiltblanketcal or tag me @thispixiecreates. I can’t wait to see your creations!
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I hope you all have an amazing day!