Single Crochet Border – Easy Step By Step Photo & Video Tutorial
If a crochet border does nothing else, it straightens your edges and helps hide minor imperfections such as uneven rows and curled up corners.
How do you crochet a sc border? Depending on what type of stitches you used to crochet your blanket, you will need to make one or more single crochet stitches per each row along the side of your blanket. The top and bottom edges of your blanket only require you to crochet one sc in each stitch, while the corners will have 3sc to help carry over the yarn to the other side.
Today I’m going to show you how to crochet a simple single crochet edging for blankets that are made with treble stitches or have treble stitches at the end of the rows, such as the long wave stitch pattern or the rolling waves pattern.
If you are looking for a sc border for blankets that are made with double crochet rows, check my other tutorial HERE.
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Why Choose a Single Crochet Edging?
The single crochet border gives a super clean finish to any blanket. It’s easy to make and perfect for afghans with multiple colors and busy patterns.
It helps hide yarn changes you might have made on the edge of the blanket so you don’t have to cut the yarn and weave in ends.
A sc border is also a starting row for a more detailed edging and I recommended starting with one before crocheting any border as it straightens the blanket edge and will help you count the stitches easily.
This type of edging is gender-neutral and because of its simplicity, it suits both baby girl and baby boy blankets. Goes perfect on those “manly” afghans because there are no lacy, frilly parts that men steer away from.
How to use this border
- on lacy blankets to give them some weight
- for boy baby blankets
- for men afghans
- as a starting round for more intricate borders
- on blankets with colorful busy patterns
- on afghans that have yarn transition on the edges from changing colors.
Supplies I used
- same yarn that you used on the blanket, in my case Deramores Studio DK in green
- one size smaller crochet hook that you used on your blanket, in my case a 4mm crochet hook
I recommend you use a size smaller crochet hook because it’s easier to insert it into the stitches along the side of the blanket and also because it will create a tighter and straighter edging. It’s easier to fix an extra tight edge by blocking the blanket, but you can’t fix a loose, puckered one.
Pattern written in US terms using Craft Yarn Council abbreviations.
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For those who learn better by watching videos, I have created a tutorial that shows you step by step how to crochet the sc border around your blanket, you can find it on Crafting Happiness YouTube Channel.
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SC Border Pattern
This blanket has rows ending in single crochet and treble stitches which require different amounts of single crochets made in each stitch and it also has yarn transitioning on the sides from changing colors. The perfect pattern to demonstrate the sc border.
To begin the single crochet border, make a slip knot and join yarn in any stitch in the top row of the blanket (last row you made).
Step 1: Crocheting on top row
Ch1 (counts as your first sc), sc in each st across until you have 1 st remaining on that top row of the blanket
Step 2: Making the corner
3Sc in that last stitch to create the corner and carry the yarn over to the side of the blanket
Step 3: Crocheting on the side of the blanket
You are now crocheting on the side of the blanket where you have rows ending in treble and single crochet stitches.
Crochet 3sc for each treble and 1sc for each single crochet stitch.
NOTE: Depending on the yarn weight you are using, you can choose to crochet your sc into the stitches or around the stitches. The thinner the yarn, the bigger the gaps around the stitches when you crochet around them.
Continue making 3sc for each treble and 1sc crochet for each single crochet stitch until you reach the bottom of the blanket edge.
Step 4: Crocheting on the bottom of the blanket
Now that you reached the bottom of the blanket side, it’s time to create another corner. Make 3sc in the first stitch in the blanket bottom row (the starting chain you made for your blanket).
Then make 1sc in each stitch across until you have 1 st left. Make the corner by crocheting 3sc inside it.
Step 5: Crocheting along the side of the blanket
Repeat step 3 and crochet along the other side of the blanket until you reach the top row of the blanket.
Step 6: Finishing the sc border
Repeat step 4, make the corner and crochet 1sc in each stitch until you reach the ch1 you made at the beginning of the round. Sl st in that chain.
Repeat steps 1-6 if you wish to make more sc rounds on your border.
And this is how you crochet a sc border for blankets that have treble rows.
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