Remember the fleece loveys and the hole-making tool for crocheting edging? I was curious, would it work on flannel?
Here’s what I learned:
Flannel Versus Fleece
I found working with flannel to be a bit different than fleece. Here are some bits of my experience that I hope will help yours.
The Good Report
- Flannel can be less expensive than fleece.
- Flannel on sale is amazingly affordable.
- Flannel on sale in really cute patterns is incredibly tempting. (I mean, reallllly, they were CUTE!)
- Flannel on sale in the presence of a generous husband means one may come home with a bag full of flannel!
- The tool that works on fleece also works on flannel!
The Rest of the Story
The holes are a little harder to see because the fabric doesn’t “give” as much as fleece.
In my pre-Cathy dress days, I would have said, “stretch as much” but I learned a sewing word at the workshop and wanted to use it.
Now I’m hoping I used it in the right context.
Practical Flannel Tips
If you have flannel-working secrets, please share!
Practice finding the holes with a tapestry needle and a short length of yarn before getting emotionally prepared to whip right into the crocheting with a hook:
Pull the yarn all the way through the hole rather than making any kind of actual stitch. This will show you where the holes are (because now they’re a bit bigger) in comparison to each other.
The holes will be evenly spaced, so once you find a few, you’ll get the idea where the next one will be.
Once you have the spacing kind of in mind, start crocheting for real.
Use a small-ish hook with a pointy end. I found my Clover hooks to be slightly too-not-pointy enough.
Insert the hook into a hole – I recommend starting somewhere other than a corner.
Make a slip stitch, leaving a tail for hiding. I do the crochet unthinkable and actually tie my tail to my working yarn.
It’s a trust thing.
Sc in the same hole, then ch 1.
Sc in the next hole, ch 1. Repeat until you reach a corner, where you have a couple of options.
3 sc in the corner hole.
Or if you end up with a hole not quite at the center (I usually do):
[Sc ch 1, sc] in the hole closest to the corner and then do the same thing in the hole on the other side of the corner.
The Big Finish
When you get back around to your first sc, just sl st, and finish off! You have a crochet edging!
If you want to jazz it up, use this as your foundation round and add some bells and whistles (figuratively speaking, but then again, bells and whistles would be FUN in real life!*) or crochet bobbles or shells or any other kind of edging.
*SAFETY TIP: If you add real bells or whistles, be sure to give this to a child at an age who will not swallow, chew on, rip off and feed to the dog said bells or whistles.
Oh and Operation Christmas Child!
Sometimes, it gets so easy to get caught up in the crafting side of life I forget to mention who the gifts are being made for. These soft little loveys are going into shoeboxes in the fall for distribution somewhere in the world by Operation Christmas Child.
It’s not about the gifts, it’s about the Giver of Life.