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How can I make fabric sturdy?

How can I make fabric sturdy?

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I would cut the fabric into an interesting shape and enclose it with the cardYou could also find a contrasting fabric or stiff paper and beautiful yarn and make bookmarks or a dangly like the chinese knot (I've linked to a picture below) Cut a rectangle of the cardstock and use a good glue like Aileens sticky (gold bottle) to attach the fabricMake a fringe from the yarn and attach it best, cez
This really depends on the weight of yarn you plan on using, as well as the size of your crochet hook, how tightly you make your stitches, as well as the pattern you plan on usingLighter weight yarns (baby or baby sport) usually require a smaller hook unless you want the blanket to be really lacy with a lot of open spacesThere are some very soft worsted weight yarns you can use with a larger hookI would start with at least 16 oz and figure on using no larger than an F or G sized hook for baby or sport weight yarnWorsted weight, you can use a G or H sized hook Most find 30x30 to be sufficient to cover a newbornOthers say 40x40 if you want to swaddle the baby, or 30-somex 40-some if making a crib blanketDo you have a pattern in mind? Are you making squares to be sewn together or a plain single or double crochet in rows? Just remember, the heavier weight yarn you use, the larger hook will be necessary, and because the yarn itself is thicker and heavier, you will have fewer yards of yarn in the skein than if you purchase a thinner yarn of the same weightRule of thumb for any crocheter - its better to have some yarn left over than run short at the end of a project.
That all depends on what size you want to make your blanketThere are many different sizes, as you have seen when you looked in the storesThey have different purposesAs for how much yarn you need, that also depends on what yarn you are using and what stitch pattern you will useThat's why that gauge swatch is so very importantMake a square in the pattern you are usingThis is good for learning the pattern to see if you like it, and to get some practiceBut you will see how much yarn you use for that size (measure the area)Then you can calculate how much you will need for the size of blanket you will want to makeYou can measure by weight or lengthYes, you can rip out your sample - it does not waste the yarn! Every good designer always makes the gauge swatchIt's a necessary part of every project.

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