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KnittinMitchie 09-29-2008 02:12 PM

Crochet Oddball Blankets
if you are the first crocheter on an Oddball Baby Blanket, here is what you need to do.

Before you start, purchase some SOFT 100% acrylic yarn.
(List of recommended yarns for our project)

If your blanket is a Preemie Blanket, your yarn should be dk or sport weight, and will be chaining with size F/5 or G/ 6 Crochet hook and chain between 60 and 80 stitches.

If your blanket is a Regular Baby Blanket, yarn should be worsted weight, and will be cast on with size H/8 or I/ 9 Crochet hook and chain between 70 and 90 stitches.

With either blanket, you will need to single crochet every stitch for the first 2 rows to make a nice single crochet border. Then, you can use any design you want. Your crochet work in the first section should measure about 4 1/2 inches when you are finished.

The best designs for our blankets are the ones that are reversible, since our blankets will be used by children and babies. The best designs are the simpler ones such as V-stitches or something that is working in every stitch.

When you finish crocheting your section, do 1 row of all single crochet stitches on the wrong side, so the next crocheter will be able to add their own yarn, and the color change will look nice.
(New colors should always be started on the right side.)

Place the blanket in a zip lock bag with the appropriate Oddball Memo folded up inside the bag with the blanket. (See the attached documents with this post. There is an Oddball Baby Blanket Memo and an Oddball Preemie Blanket Memo.)

You can also include a simple greeting card, and sign your name and list the state you live in, leaving room for the rest of the knitters to do the same. If you include a card, choose one that is generic and happy.
We should not say "Get Well" in the card, because sometimes these children do not get well. Also, avoid any religious statements, because the children and families at the hospital have many different beliefs. I usually choose a colorful card that is blank inside, and write, "We Care about You" on the inside.
If you have scrapbooking skills, you can MAKE a greeting card!

If you choose to include any gifts for the next knitter, please avoid any food products. Our packages occasionally get lost in the mail. (One time a blanket was lost for 6 months before turning up again!)

When mailing the package, please get DELIVERY CONFIRMATION, so we can track the package online. We don't want to lose our precious knitting!

Thank you!

The children's hospital requires that all blankets be knit with SOFT, 100% acrylic yarn. (A small amount of nylon or polyester is okay.)

lappl22 09-30-2008 11:10 AM

I jist want to learn to crochet. ANy suggestionS?

KnittinMitchie 09-30-2008 01:37 PM

I offer crochet lessons and classes if you are interested. As for a book I'm not really sure what to suggest.

lizardknits 09-30-2008 02:30 PM

Knit and crochet for dummies illustrated
great book

MGM 09-30-2008 09:01 PM


Originally Posted by lappl22 (Post 1158321)
I jist want to learn to crochet. ANy suggestionS?

If you look on my sidebar under Hooked On Needles Links, you will see a link for Crocheting and one for Video Tutorials. Either of those will connect you to some videos showing the very basics of crocheting. Then you can poke around and see what other crochet ideas and information you could use.

There is so much a beginner can do with crocheting, so just start slowly and get good at the basics, and enjoy it! :happydance:


lappl22 10-01-2008 10:21 AM

I will definitely try. I love knitting but feel crocheting can help with finishing off, etc.

KnittinMitchie 10-01-2008 10:46 AM

Crochet is a great skill and I've seem some patterns that require you to put a crochet border onto I poncho. Plus if you ever knit blanket squares to make an afghan crocheting them is more secure.

ncwanda 10-07-2008 07:32 PM

how far from Greenville, NC are You? I am looking to learn to knit. Also, do you know of anyway to get needles & yarn? I am on SSDI and hubby not working yet- We just moved here from NH, due to my health. I am orginally from here- I would LOVE 2 learn 2 knit, please.

AutumnHarvest 10-09-2008 10:56 AM

I've been crocheting for about 15 years - what do you mean by 'oddball blankets'? I actually try to always have a baby blanket that I'm working on or made. I try to have a boy and girl blanket on hand (people are always having babies). Personally I use Homespun yarn (it's the softest brand for this purpose) and I came up with my own blanket pattern. It's larger than most baby blankets so that they can keep using it as they grow up. My 4 yo DS loves his. And I just found out that my 1 yo neice (who's 600 miles away) won't go to sleep without holding the one I made her to her face. Just love hearing that!


KnittinMitchie 10-09-2008 01:32 PM

OddBall Blankets are those that get passed from person to person to be worked on. With the knitted one there are 6 knitted section and a border is then added. Here is a link to the original Odd Ball Baby Blanket Blog so you can see what they look like.

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