Single Crochet Edging – Easy Step By Step Photo & Video Tutorial
Ever wondered how to fix those wonky edges and curled up corners on your newly finished crochet blanket? I’ve got the fix for you! Crochet a single crochet border around it.
How to put a border on an uneven crochet blanket? Depending on the height of the stitches used in the blanket design, you will need to make one or more single crochet stitches per each row along the side of your blanket. The bottom and top edges of your blanket only require you to crochet 1sc in each stitch, while the corner stitches 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 border for blankets that are made with double crochet stitches or have double crochet stitches at the end of the rows, such as the classic basketweave stitch or the gingham pattern.
If you are looking for a sc border for blankets that are made with single crochet or treble rows, check my other tutorial HERE.
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Why Choose a Single Crochet Edging?
The single crochet border gives a super neat finish to any blanket or afghan. It’s easy to make and perfect for colorful afghans with busy patterns.
It helps hide yarn transitions made on the side of the blanket when you changed colors so you don’t have to cut the yarn and weave in ends.
A sc border is also the foundation row for any edging and I recommended starting with one before crocheting a more detailed border as it straightens the blanket edges and will help you count the stitches with ease.
This type of edging is gender neutral and because its simplicity, it suits baby boy blankets. It goes perfect on those “manly” afghans because there are no frilly or lacy parts that men steer away from so often.
How to use this border
- on afghans that have yarn transition on the edge of the blanket from changing colors
- on lacy blankets to give them some structure
- for boys baby blankets and men’s afghans
- as a foundation row for more intricate borders
- on blankets with colorful busy patterns
Supplies I used
- same yarn that you used on the blanket (use the main color), in my case Deramores Studio DK in pink
- one size smaller crochet hook that you used on your blanket, in my case a 4.5mm crochet hook
I recommend going a size smaller 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 trim. 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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Get Your Supplies
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 Edging Pattern
For this tutorial, I am working on the blanket from my latest design, the Pig Baby Blanket (coming soon!) which was made with the one-row repeat basketweave stitch.
This blanket has rows ending in double crochet stitches and today I’m going to show you how to single crochet around it.
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 double crochet stitches.
Crochet 1sc around the post of the dc stitch and 1sc in the base of that dc stitch.
Continue making 1sc around the dc post and 1sc in the base of the dc 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.
Looking for other edging patterns?
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