Thursday, October 20, 2011

Babies Everywhere! Crocheted Burp Cloth Tutorial

This month I have been invited to four baby showers and I will probably be invited to at least 3 more before the end of the year. Everyone is having babies! They are everywhere. I guess that is what I get for living in a college town going to BYU-Idaho.  All these babies are so fun, but it is a lot of gifts to buy/ make.

Over the summer my mother-in-law taught me to crochet around flannel burp cloths. These burp cloths have been a life saver not only as baby shower gifts, but also they have kept me busy in my new job. I have had a hard time finding new stitches to use and I have had a lot of people express interest in learning how to make these burp cloths so I decided to make a tutorial. This is a fun and inexpensive way to make a special gift for a friend or family member. You can also do all of these stitches around a flannel blanket as well. 

I am a beginner at this whole crochet thing, but I have really loved learning to crochet. 

I had 2 yards of flannel fabric. 1/2 yard of each print- this makes 8 burp cloths. (you can get 2 cloths out of 1/2 yard, 4 sides.)
burp cloth pattern found here
tread to sew
a wing needle/ hemstitch needle- $3.00 at most fabric store
crochet hook-size 4 
crochet yarn- size 10 or 3. (10 is easier to find)


double up fabric 
a good pattern for the burp cloth is found here

Wing stitch needle (it is wider to make a bigger hole to crochet into).

You will want to put your sewing machine on double zig zag. On my machine it is letter "P".
 This way the needle will stitch in the hole twice. You can play around with the length, but I like putting it on the longest stitch length. ( less holes to crochet in).

Stitch along the edge of the fabric. There is no need to worry about raw edges because they will be covered with the crochet. 

Sorry no pictures on how to crochet, but there is how you do it.

Start with a slip knot. You will be doing half double crochet around the whole cloth.
Put your hook around the slip knot and the put your hook through the first stitch on the burp cloth.
Yarn over and put the hook trough the slip knot. Pull though. 
Yarn over put the hook through the stitch in the cloth. 
Yarn over and then pull through all 3 loops. 
You just did a half double crochet.
(I hope this is good enough. If you have any questions let me know)

It should look like this when you are done. 

This one is the 
scallop stitch
After you half double crochet around the whole thing you can make the scallop stitch.
Skip first 3 stitches. 
Yarn over. 
Pull through first crochet.
Yarn over again. So you now have 3 loops on the hook. 
Yarn over and pull though the first loop.
Yarn over. Pull though two more. 
Yarn over again. Pull though two more. 
( I believe this is a double crochet.)
Do this 7-10 times in the same hole. 
Skip 3 crochets and single crochet into the 3rd crochet to stitch down the scallop.
Continue in the same hole with the scallop stitch.
( once again this is my first time. Let me know if you have any questions.)

This is a
Ruffle Stitch
This one is very simple. 
After you half double crochet around the whole cloth single crochet into the first crochet. 
Chain 3 and lock it down by single crocheting into the next crochet. 
Do this all the way around.  

Once again I am a beginner at all of this. I really wanted to share what have learned with all of you. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions on how I can make my directions better. I hope you enjoy making these as much as I do. You can also do all of this around a blanked if you want. 

Good luck and happy crocheting!


  1. my sister was taught a double crochet like that too! We call it her Double and a half crochet and always laugh about it cause a real double crochet (dc) Is yarn over Down in the hole yarn over pull up through hole yarn over two off yarn over two off. She did a whole blanket in her double and a Half and I felt so bad for her cause it would have been so much faster without that extra first loop. Haha it works though! She's made hats using it too so no big deal. It just makes the stitch taller ;-)

    1. I'm only almost two years late, but I just happened on this fun tutorial. That stitch your sister learned is called an extended double crochet (abbreviated edc). That's the double crochet that's used in Latin American countries. It was the first I learned when my Mexican mother taught me to crochet. You can imagine my surprise when three years ago I learned that it's different in the U.S., lol.

      Thanks for the tutorial, Lauren!


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