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3 Easy Crochet Borders That Adapt To Virtually Any Yarn Handicraft

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A Stylish Border Can Make All The Difference

Yarn craft patterns can be wonderfully versatile which is a major factor to their design and charm. These handcrafts can be easily personalized simply by changing the colour choice of wool or the style of border used to accent its basic design. The same pattern can be completed numerous times yet each finished item will have its own unique appearance when finished.

It often astonishes me how a favourite pattern can create such a wide selection of wonderfully different items. When you are gifting items to family and friends this can be a very handy feature as each recipient will receive a similar yet distinctly unique item. If you participate in holiday craft fairs this same variety can delightfully increase the excitement of your handicrafts display and also positively influence an increase in your sales.

When completing knit or crochet projects coloured yarns can be easily interchanged within patterns so it's a topic that does not require much discussion. Instead I will be focusing on edgings that can also be used to individualize your project's appearance. Today I am sharing my 3 favourite crochet borders. These quick and easy edging patterns will generally adapt into any knit or crochet piece they are applied to.

Three Quick and Easy Crochet Borders

Three Quick and Easy Crochet Borders

1) Double Crochet Border Pattern

A) This is the pattern displayed in the 3rd section (lowest position) of the above photo.

Begin by select a contrasting colour for your border.

1) To attach yarn Slip Stitch into the gap between any existing stitches of your selected piece. Chain two (This chain combined with the slip stitch will create the equivalent of a double crochet).

2. Double crochet in every gap as you move around the edging of your selected work. The only area where you deviate from this pattern is in the corners where you will place 4 double crochets in each corner. These additional stitches are added to insure an accurate sizing of your piece and will help to prevent the cloth from curling inward as it increases in size.

3. To complete a round attach a slip stitch to the top of your first stitch. To add additional rows to your border once again select a contrasting colour and repeat these 3 steps.

4. When finished tuck the yarn tails into your finished work.

The nice thing about a double crochet border is its simplicity. One stitch is all that is used as you move around your piece. The only area where you somewhat diverge from this theme is in the corners where additional double crochet stitches are added to insure the cloth is of accurate size so as not to curl. When applying a double crochet border you can add one row around your project or you can repeat the process to add numerous rounds so as to not only enhance the appearance of the piece but to also easily increase the size of your finished work to your desired proportions.

2) A Simple Single Crochet Edging

B) This is the pattern displayed in the 2nd section (middle position) of the above photo.

1. Single crochet in any previous stitch. Chain 2, skip next stitch then single crochet in the next, chain 2, skip next stitch and single crochet in next. Continue this pattern around outer edge of work. End with a slip stitch in first single crochet.

2. Tuck yarn tails into work.

This is the ideal edging for those handicrafts that require a delicate or light weight border. The pattern is worked in a skipping single crochet stitch and tends to add a delightfully simple accent to handcrafted yarn projects. Like most crochet border patterns this edging can be easily added onto the last row of most knit or crochet projects and can generally also be used to border textile or macrame pieces as well.

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3) A Two Row Crochet Border Pattern

This is the edging displayed in the 1st section of the above photo. It is created using a combination of the other two patterns. The first row is crocheted in double crochet stitches while the second row of the pattern is done in the skipping single crochet stitch. This duo together create a wonderfully decorative effect.

First Row: 1) Double Crochet Border Pattern

1) To attach yarn Slip Stitch into the gap between any existing stitches of your selected piece. Chain two (This chain combined with the slip stitch will create the equivalent of a double crochet).

2. Double crochet in every gap as you move around the edging of your selected work. The only area where you deviate from this pattern is in the corners where you will place 4 double crochets in each corner. These additional stitches are added to insure an accurate sizing of your piece and will help to prevent the cloth from curling inward as it increases in size.

3. To complete a round attach a slip stitch to the top of your first stitch. To add additional rows to your border once again select a contrasting color and repeat these 3 steps.

Second Row: 2) A Simple Single Crochet Edging

B) This is the pattern displayed in the 2nd section (middle position) of the above photo.

1. Single crochet in any previous stitch. Chain 2, skip next stitch then single crochet in the next, chain 2, skip next stitch and single crochet in next. Continue this pattern around outer edge of work. End with a slip stitch in first single crochet.

2. Tuck yarn tails into work.

Liven Things Up With Accenting Yarn Colors

A Contrasting Border Can Add A Delightful Accent To Knit And Crochet Pieces

A Contrasting Border Can Add A Delightful Accent To Knit And Crochet Pieces

Have You Spotted an Error?

I generally try to keep my patterns as accurate as possible but occasionally an error may be over looked. If you spot one please let me know in the comment section below.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Lorelei Cohen

Are You a Crafter?

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 18, 2019:

Thank you for sharing the instructions for creating the borders. The edges look lovely. I hope to create one soon.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 16, 2019:

My mother did beautiful crochet work, but I do not. I have done a lot of sewing and needlepoint. I agree those borders are beautiful.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on December 16, 2019:

I like the decorative effect an accenting colored border can give. I add crochet borders to both my knit and crochet projects. Re our furry friends: I do indeed know what having cats is like and wouldn't trade that feeling for anything (despite their unique annoyances lol). I am still finding white fur in my wool stocks from a cat we owned many years ago.

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 16, 2019:

These are pretty. I’ve been crocheting up a storm with my cats and don’t want to put fringe on blankets I’ve made but this would be nice.

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