Tutorial: Fabric Backed Yarn Eater Blanket!

I have to say Pinterest is a very inspiring & useful tool for the creative mind… it is also like crack & very addictive!  While I have thousands of pins on my boards I have been trying to make at least 1 project a month off of them.  This project was actually completed in a few steps over a month while I was sick with strep, but it is done & well loved!  My inspiration was some fabric backed baby blankets I had seen on there.  I love crocheted blankets… they are soft, cuddly & who doesn’t enjoy wrapping their fingers in them?  The one downside is if they have a lot of holes they can be drafty… this fixes that AND is super cute as well.  You can also us this fabric backing method on a already finished crochet or knit blanket that you have laying around!

I will say this is NOT meant for babies!   The yarn eater blanket is heavy… a great option as a sensory or weighted blanket but I would NOT let a child under 2 sleep with one because of the increased risk of SIDS.  That being said it is a great stroller & car seat blanket or lap blanket for adults.  You can make them bigger you will just need more yarn & wider fabric.

Warning this is the first time I have written out a crochet pattern & honestly I don’t use them often, so I hope this makes sense!  It’s really simple & I think you will get the idea.  Sorry for the few & not so great pictures, I have been sick & I wasn’t paying attention until I had already skipped steps.

SUPPLIES:

  • Size P 11.50mm Crochet Hook
  • 9 6oz Skeins of Worsted Weight (4) Yarn.  I LOVE Caron Simply Soft… it is affordable, soft & durable.  You can do all one color or up to 3 colors.
  • 1 1/2 yards 44″+ wide fabric (I chose flannel)
  • Needle (needs a big enough eye to thread the yarn through but sharp enough point to push through the fabric.)
  • Coordinating thread
  • Scissors
  • Extra Long Stick Pins

CROCHET:

ROW 1: Using 3 strands of yarn at once (see picture above) ch 77.  In the 3rd ch from the end hdc… 1 hdc in all remaining ch. (75hdc) ch 2 & turn.

ROW 2-58: hdc in each hdc all the way across (75hdc) ch 2, turn & repeat.

EDGING: sc around all 4 edges of the blanket to create a nice finished edge.

TO FINISH Tie off e