I just love linen.
It’s a wonderfully cool, textured fabric that has been used throughout history. From surrounding the Tabernacle as Israel wandered through the desert, to utilitarian sacks to store grain and feeds, to specially tailored clothing and home goods today. I love the texture, the durability and the elegance linen adds to any room! One day last year I came across a plain linen throw on Pinterest and fell in love.
It was plain with a contrasting stitching around the edges, it retailed for……….$495. Slightly more than I am willing to spend on a throw. But I could never get the thought of a linen throw off my mind so…I made one, well three really!
The Artsy- (this one I drew on with bleach)
Once I got started it was hard to stop! These throws, (which also work as picnic blankets and tablecloths), are made from drapery weight 100% linen fabric, machine wash and dry and perfectly wonderful! Here is how I made them.
1.5 yards linen fabric
2 hanks pearl cotton or 1 spool
375-500 yards fingering weight washable yarn, I used Rowan Fine Milk Cotton and Cascade’s Ultra Pima Fine
Size f crochet hook
Start with 1.5 yards of fabric, wash and dried. Pull a thread along the cut edges of your fabric to find a perfectly straight line, trim to get a nice square piece of fabric.
Next hem all four sides with a double hem. (Fold the raw edges over, then over again, press and sew.)
Then using Pearl Cotton, blanket stitch all the way around, about 3/8th of an inch apart. I used my machine stitching as a guide and spaced my blanket stitches 3 machine stitches apart.
Now all the prep work is done! Time to crochet! Because every blanket is different, there is no exact number of stitches you should have on each side. You have to be willing to adjust! I do think it is important to have a similar number of base stitches on opposite ends, but if you don’t, add or subtract a few in the first couple of rounds, I won’t tell! Attach your yarn with a slip stitch through the top of the blanket stitch and work 2 single crochets, SC, into each block all the way around the blanket ending with a slip stitch into the first SC to complete your round. To make your numbers match feel free to work one or even three SC in a block here and there.
From here you can work just about any border you like! Or you can stop here, it’s up to you! There are LOADS of free border patterns avaliable, try searching Pinterest or Ravelry. Here are the one’s I used, if you have any trouble understanding any directions, let me know!
The easiest one I did was on the Artsy blue blanket.
Start by working a SC into the first SC in the base row. Then **chain 3, skip one SC in the base row, SC into the next stitch. Repeat from ** all the way around the blanket ending with a slip stitch into your first SC. The next 4 rounds are exactly the same only you are working all the SC’s into the chain 3 spaces of the previous rows. On your last round, work in the same way EXCEPT work a picot between the SC’s by, chaining 4, slip stitch into second chain, chain 1, then SC in next space, all the way around.
For the Classic blanket –
*start three SC’s in from corner*
Round 1- *Sc in first sc, ch1 skip 1, repeat all the way around ending with a slip stitch.
Round 2- Ch 1, SC in same space. *Ch 1, skip 3, DC in next space, (Ch 1, DC in same space)x3, Ch1, skip 3, SC into next space. (This gives you shells with 4 DC each) Repeat from * around, making sure your corner stitch is the stitch where the 4 DC are worked. End with a slip stitch to your first SC.
Round 3- Chain 5. **Work (DC, ch 1, DC, Ch1, DC) into center of the next shell. Chain 2, Sc into next Sc, ch 2. (This gives you 3DC in each shell) Repeat from ** around. At corners Work 5 (DC, Ch1) sets instead of 3, (5DC per corner shell). End with a slip stitch into 3 chain of chain 5 start.
Round 3-Slip stitch into next space. Chain 3. ***DC into next DC, Ch 1, DC into ch1 space, Ch1, DC into next DC, Ch1, DC into next ch1 space, Ch 1, DC into next DC, Ch1, DC into next ch 2 space, DC into next ch 2 space, Ch1. (This gives you 7 DC in each shell.) Repeat from *** around. In corners work a DC into each DC with Ch1 in between, (11 DC per corner shell.) End with a slip stitch into 2nd chain of Ch3 start.
Round 4- Ch 1, SC into next DC. ****SC into next ch1 space, SC in next DC, SC into next Ch1 space, (SC, ch3, SC) into next DC, SC into next Ch1 space, SC into next DC, SC into next Ch1 space, SC into next DC, Skip next (Ch 1, 2DC, Ch 1), SC into next DC. ( This gives you a smooth row of SC with a picot at the top of your shells, and a valley between them.) Repeat from **** around. At corners work 2 extra picots evenly spaced. End with a slip into first ch1, Fasten off.
Hope you’ll give it a try!
For a printable version of the border directions click below 🙂