Make a blanket that reflects the personality of the person you are crocheting for. The name of a favorite team or school crocheted into a blanket is appreciated by a sports fan. A child will enjoy having an alphabet, number series or personalized name on a colorful bed cover. Incorporate the monogram of a newlywed couple for a classy wedding gift. When you crochet the characters into the stitches of the finished blanket, you maintain better control of the shapes and positioning.
Measure the length and width of the finished blanket. For instance, a baby blanket may measure 34 by 34 inches.
Draw the outline of the blanket on to a piece of graph paper. Each square created by crochet stitches on the blanket will coincide with squares on the graph paper.
Draw the letters or numbers out on the graph paper with a pencil. Make sure to allow for equal spacing between each character on the grid. Fill the squares in with a colored pencil to match the yarn. This is your guide to refer to when you crochet the word or numbers on the blanket.
Crochet Numbers or Letters
Insert the hook into the blanket in the space next to the first stitch where the letters or numbers will be crocheted. The hook should be placed through the front to the back.
Wrap yarn around the hook, leaving a 5-inch tail on the back side of the blanket. Slowly pull the hook through the blanket to create a loop on the tool. Hold the tail with your fingers under the blanket to keep it from pulling through.
Insert the hook through the first stitch that coincides with your grid.
Wrap yarn around the hook and pull it through the blanket. Pull the yarn through the loop on the hook. Your first slip stitch has been made in the blanket. You can let go of the excess yarn at the back of the blanket.
Crochet a slip stitch in each stitch on the blanket that matches with your guide on the colored grid on the graph paper. When you reach the final stitch, make a slip stitch in the back of the blanket to knot it. Cut the yarn, leaving a 3-inch tail. Weave yarn tails into the blanket to hide them.
Tips & Warnings
- Check your work. If you make any mistakes, you can pull the work out and start the letter or number over again.
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