A few months ago, I reorganised my atelier a little bit, shifting my sewing and painting supplies around. During that time, I found a large cut of fleece I had purchased a very long time ago to make a blanket with for when we go camping. That started a flurry of blanket-making, ending with a total of four – two for us humans and two for the furry ones. I even knitted one of them.
All the fleece blankets I made are double-layered. I love cold-weather camping in the High Sierras. Even with 0F-rated sleeping bags, a little extra warmth is very nice to have during the chilly nights. This is going to be our camping blanket. That is, of course, not going to stop me from using it at home dreaming of the camping days.
The second blanket I made was a present for my husband for his birthday. It’s a Marauder’s Map fleece print I found at JoAnn. I purchased 3 yards of the fleece, and for the backing I got 3 yards of the snowflakes print. I used 2.5 yards of each for the blanket.
Unplanned, it fits the day bed in his home office perfectly.
I kept the remnant of the Marauder’s Map fleece for another project. With the remnant of the snowflake fleece I made a little blanket for the kitties. As I was attempting to take a photo of it, Charlie showed up and claimed his blanket and I was unable to move him.
For the fleece blankets – after rounding off the corners with an old CD, I stitched all around the blanket with 1/4″ seam allowance, keeping a large a gap on one side to turn it over. I clipped the corners, offsetting the top and the bottom pieces. I think the corners lie a little flatter that way. I was too lazy to take the serger out. After turning the blanket, I used a zigzag stitch on my sewing machine to stitch around the edges to give it a nice finish.
I also made a knitted blanket specially for Charlie. He loves to sleep on my yellow pullover. I used the same bulky gauge yarn I used to knit my pullover for his blanket. I think, it’s a great alternate pattern to the stockinette stitch.
You will need to cast on (multiples of 4) + 3 stitches. Alternate these two rows –
Repeat to the last 3 stitches – knit 3, slip 1 with yarn in front. Knit the last 3 stitches.
Knit 1. Repeat to the last 2 stitches – slip 1 with yarn in front, knit 3. The last two stitches – slip 1 with yarn in front, knit 1.
These are all very easy to make whether you knit or sew, or do both.
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Archie The Wonder Dog April 12, 2019 at 08:04
Those fleece blankets look very cosy – just the thing for a chilly night’s camping! And Charlie’s blanket is gorgeous, thanks for the stitch pattern. Do you think it would work on socks? Thanks for furtling!
Janine @ Rainbow Hare April 2, 2019 at 09:44
This is a lovely collection of blankets for you and your furry friends :)
Alex April 2, 2019 at 05:31
No excuse to be cold with all those lovely blankets around.
Cheryl Brickey April 1, 2019 at 17:41
Super cozy blankets! My cats love fleece too.
DawnyK April 1, 2019 at 06:20
I love blankets, these are so fun! Well done and thanks for sharing the techniques with us.
Anne Lise April 1, 2019 at 02:40
Lovely warm blankets. Trust kitty to find the perfect one to nap on :)
My Corner of the World March 27, 2019 at 23:17
Thank you so much for linking up to My Corner of the World this week!
Jenny Benton March 27, 2019 at 15:10
Lots of lovely warm cozy blankets, they look so nice and comfy.
betty - NZ March 27, 2019 at 15:06
Everybody wins! What beautiful handiwork came from your little clean up!
Angie March 26, 2019 at 15:54
Soma – I forgot that you are my cold-weather camping buddy! Your camping blanket looks perfect for the job! We just returned from town, where we purchased new equipment for back-country camping. So excited. Watch for it in a future post!
Photo Cache March 26, 2019 at 12:03
These blankets looks very cozy, the kitteh agrees with me.
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Raine Boyd March 24, 2019 at 22:11
A Marauder’s Map!!!! What a perfect gift! I bet your husband loved it!
junieper2 March 24, 2019 at 13:03
Even in California we need blankets:) Love all of them (and very practical to make on especially for camping!) but your knitted one is my favorite because of the stitch! Many thanks for sharing this very practical endeavor with All Seasons! Stay (haha) better:):)
nessjibberjabberuk March 24, 2019 at 12:55
You can never have too many blankets! I usually have wrapped over my legs when I’m working. My daughter would love the Marauder’s Map fleece. She has a Hogwarts one on her bed at the moment.
Tammie March 24, 2019 at 10:44
Your blankets are so nice. I imagine you will smile each time you see and or use them.
Fun to have home made things in our lives. Even your kitties lives. Inspiring.
Su-sieee! Mac March 24, 2019 at 10:32
That’s a great tip for rounding corners, thank you much. All your blankets look cozy warm. I like the colors of your camping blanket. I associate checkered patterns with outdoors, I don’t know why. I loved checkered prints. Have a great week. :-)
Margy March 24, 2019 at 10:09
That’s a lot of blanket making. We do quite a bit of camping, mostly in a tent but in a rented RV for the first time this winter (destination sunny Arizona). I always buy a sleeping bag with flannel lining, then I sew extra flannel sheets inside. That makes for easy cleaning and I love having the extra warmth and snuggle effect. – Margy
Jim, Sydney, Australia March 24, 2019 at 03:14
Anne March 24, 2019 at 02:43
Your blankets are all very lovely, I’d be so happy to snuggle up with one. The Maurader’s Map blanket is truly original and simply stunning.
Sarah Wood March 24, 2019 at 02:28
What lovely cosy blankets – love the CD tip for the corners.
Sarah MumofThree World March 23, 2019 at 23:44
The blankets are lovely. I especially like the Marauder’s Map one!
(Popping over from Sunday Snap.)
Sheryl March 23, 2019 at 19:11
Wow such beautiful finishes,love the warm blankets,great idea xx
Tanza Erlambang March 23, 2019 at 11:40
blankets look so amazing.
have a great day
Carol S. March 23, 2019 at 07:31
I love a nice fleece blanket and it looks like Charlie does, too. Your blankets all look amazing!
A ShutterBug Explores March 23, 2019 at 07:05
Very creative blankets ~ Lots of time spent creatively ~ Love your adorable fur person ~ ^_^
Happy Moments to You,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)
Lady Fi March 22, 2019 at 22:59
Ooo – so pretty and cozy!
Christine March 22, 2019 at 18:18
Carol March 22, 2019 at 15:24
Finding the forgotten fleece was like finding a treasure – lovely blankets!
Lynette March 22, 2019 at 07:17
Your blankets are very nice! I like the look of the zigzag, with the outer edge of the stitching just inside the edge of the fabrics. It looks very neat and topstitched. Charlie looks like a super sweetie.
Mascha March 22, 2019 at 00:18
Very nice! Cats are loving blankets… my cat is sleeping behind me on his own blanket, which I lay on my bed during the day.
You have a sweet kitty!
Enjoy springtime :)
Kathleen March 21, 2019 at 19:59
Fleece blankets are so cozy! The knit one is beautiful.
Robyn Vaughan March 21, 2019 at 18:44
Lovely blankets. I’ve been tidying up my craftroom and re-discovered fabrics I’d forgotten about! Autumn (Fall) here so a good time for me to be thinking of blanket making too. Wonderful neat job on zigzagging your blanket.
Sandra Walker March 21, 2019 at 17:39
You’ve certainly been busy! I love the picture of contented Charlie dozing on his blankie. I have the Marauder’s Map fabric but in cotton to make a cushion for m daughter Dayna who is as much a HP aficionado as you (dare I say even more perhaps?) I’m not a chilly weather camper, though I do remember fondly camping in Jasper at Canadian Thanksgiving, drinking hot chocolate with kailua in it ;-) around the campfire and listening to the bugles of mating elks!
Andrée G Faubert March 21, 2019 at 15:29
Hi Soma, those are really great blankets! What a great idea to knit a blanket for the cat and get your pullover back!
Kim Sharman March 21, 2019 at 14:17
Lovely blankets, Soma; they will keep those winter chills at bay when you are camping. Your husband’s Marauder’s Map fleece blanket is fabulous, but I really love Charlie’s blue and brown knitted woolly. I always love the hues of blue and brown intertwined..
Dixie March 21, 2019 at 13:15
Wonderful blankets. I love the rounded corners. They will be great for your camping trips.
Charlie knows comfort when he sees it. I bet he loves his new knit too. He’s precious!
Susan March 21, 2019 at 13:07
Kitties always seem to know what is good to nap on. They all look so warm and inviting.
Susan Mann March 21, 2019 at 09:59
Those blankets are amazing. I love the Harry potter one the best xx
Mary March 21, 2019 at 09:38
I’ll bet they are all great for snuggling. The fleece is always so soft and the knitting seems to just wrap you up within it.
Sue Palmer March 20, 2019 at 23:44
Great blankets for you both and the cats. You have some great fleece fabric there, the knitted blanket looks wonderful.