Three Crochet Borders

Posted by Amy | Posted in Crochet Essentials | Posted on 27-04-2018

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Finding a crochet border that is just right can be quite the task. Sometimes you might want to go bold with an elaborate, detailed edge or maybe let the blanket do the talking and keep it low key. Whatever the project may be that you are adding an edging to, a blanket, shawl or garment, the finished article must be considered.
To help narrow down your search we have three easy to follow edging ideas to add that finishing touch to your crochet or knitting for that matter. It can be nice to combine knitting and crochet by adding a delicate crochet border to a knitted item, this can look really effective on a knitted blanket.

We asked three Crochet Bloggers / Designers to share their go to crochet borders – Emma Varnam, Sandra Paul (Cherry Heart) and Lynne Rowe. Quite the bunch of talented crocheters with a string of books and must have designs between them.

All of the sample below are crocheted in Scheepjes Softfun yarn.

Emma Varnam – Crochet Border

 

Emma Varnam is a good friend of Black Sheep Wools. She has a selection of crochet books including Learn to Crochet for the complete beginner and has recently designed an amazing exclusive blanket design in Scheepjes River Washed & Stone Washed mini balls. Emma will also be with us for Yarn Shop day on 12th May sharing her crochet skills.

Emma says –
I can’t deny it, a shell edging is perhaps my most favourite and ultimately pretty finishing touch to any project. I have used it many times in my designs and it will provide a touch of finesse to your crochet blankets.
I used this technique in my new book; Granny Squares Home. A simple bathroom tidy is finished off with a shell edging, both practical and attractive. A shell is made by working several stitches into a single stitch. In order to keep the rest of your work flat, you need to miss one or more base stitches in the row below.
In the example I have made.

Shell Crochet Border Pattern

Make a slip stitch into the first stitch of your edge.
Miss 1 stitch.
Work 5 treble stitches into the next stitch
Miss 1 stitch.
Slip stitch in the next stitch to create the shell.
Repeat along the edge.
At the corner you can work 7 treble stitches to great effect.

 

Three Crochet Borders | Black Sheep Wools

 

Sandra Paul – Crochet Border

 

We have been working with Sandra for many years now. It all began with the celebrated Spice of Life crochet along blanket back in 2015. We then collaborated once again in autumn last year for a Spicier Life CAL. Sandra posts regular podcasts alongside writing for her blog. Follow her Instagram too she is always teasing something new!

Lacy Crochet Border Pattern

Sandra says –
I quite like this one because it’s a really simple little pattern but it works with lots of projects because the stitch repeat is so small and even though it’s a nice easy, it still looks really pretty and lacy.

I like to use it on smaller blanket projects, it works well on small baby blankets, or for potholders and mandala edgings.  It makes a really pretty edging on fabric too, like table cloths and clothes.

 

This will work with a standard or solid granny square or any motif with a st count which is a multiple of 2 +1 along each side.
Round 1: Starting in a corner space: 3 dc in each corner, 1dc in each st and side sp.
Round 2: sl st to middle dc of 3corner dc’s, *3ch, skip 1, sl st in next st, repeat from * around to 1 stitch from start, 1ch, skip 1, 1htr in starting st.
Round 3: *3ch, sl st into next ch sp, repeat from * around to start, end with sl st into top of htr from the round below.
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Lynne Rowe – Crochet Border

Lynne Rowe has her own knitting and crochet books, is a pattern tech editor and teaches workshops. She will be at the Craft Barn on 21st July teaching ‘Writing the perfect pattern’ for anyone who fancies writing their own knitting or crochet patterns.

Lynne says –
Sometimes, less is more, and when you’ve crocheted a simple granny square blanket, the best way to finish it off is to add a simple edging that complements both the colours and stitch patterns used.

One of my favourite edgings to finish off a cosy blanket, is this pretty scalloped edging which uses basic crochet stitches, including treble crochet, half treble crochet, double crochet, slip stitch and chains.

Scalloped Crochet Border Pattern

Abbreviations:
ch, chain; sl st, slip stitch; dc, double crochet, htr, half treble crochet; tr, treble crochet.

Step 1: Make your Granny Square blanket, in either a single colour, or multi-colours.
Step 2: After working the final round of your blanket, fasten off. Weave in all ends.
Step 3: Round 1 of edging: Join Yarn A with a sl st to any corner, ch3 (counts as first tr), 4tr in same corner space, *work 1tr in every tr and 1tr in every space between groups of 3tr, to the next corner space, 5tr in corner space*; repeat from * to * twice more, then work 1tr in every tr and 1tr in every space between groups of 3tr, to end, sl st to the top of beginning 3ch to join. Cut yarn and fasten off.
You will now have 1 tr in every stitch, 1 tr in the gaps between the groups of 3tr, plus 5 tr in each corner.
Step 4: Round 2 of edging: Join Yarn B with a sl st, to any tr that was worked in the space between groups of 3tr, *5ch, skip next 3 tr, sl st in next tr; repeat from * to last 3 tr, 5ch, skip next 3 tr, sl st in base of beginning 5ch. Cut yarn and fasten off.
After working Round 2 of edging you will have a series of 5ch loops all around your blanket, with a 5ch loop sitting neatly across each corner.
Step 5: Round 3 of edging: Join Yarn A with a sl st to any 5ch space, 1ch (not counted as a st) *work [1dc, 1htr, 1tr, 2ch, 1tr, 1htr, 1dc] all in 5ch space (working over the 5ch loop and not into any individual sts); repeat from *, in every 5ch space to the end, sl st in first dc. Cut yarn and fasten off.
After working Round 3 of edging, you will have a scallop in each 5ch loop.

To finish:
Weave in all ends and if desired, block your blanket as follows: spray with cold water until damp, pin
out flat to measurements required and keeping edging flat. Leave to dry completely.

Three Crochet Borders | Black Sheep Wools

 

Tips for following crochet charts

Posted by Amy | Posted in Crochet Essentials, How to....... | Posted on 20-01-2017

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A while back now, way back when days were warmer and the sun was shining (well, it was warmer than 0 to minus temperatures) in summer 2016, we held a crafternoon in the Craft Barn all about reading crochet charts. Our in house crochet expert Stacey ran the crafternoon sharing her knowledge and experience. It was great to see so many people join Stacey for an afternoon of concentration.

Tips for following crochet charts crafternoon

At the time we had planned to video Stacey’s top tips, but after some thought we decided that the best solution would be to have a trusty list of bullet points that you could always have to hand. As promised (be it a few months down the line) here are Stacey’s top tips for reading crochet charts. Stacey prefers following a chart over written instructions. They really aren’t something to be overwhelmed by, with these helpful tips you will be cracking charts in no time. The best part of all is that it will enable you to crochet a pattern regardless of the language the written pattern is in. If you unearth a fabulous crochet pattern in a foreign language; as long as there is a chart you just need to decipher the symbols and you are off. There will be no limits to your crochet skills!

  • Photocopy your chart and have two different coloured highlighter pens at the ready.

  • Always familiarise yourself with the symbols for the chart your are about to follow. They can vary from chart to chart so it is worth checking each time.

  • The start of each row / round will be numbered in order. Find your starting point – “1”. Look at the row / round and read through what stitches to expect. This way you won’t be in for any surprises halfway through.

  • As you move through each row / round highlight as you go with one of your highlighters. If you have to stop part way through you will know where you are up to.

  • For the next row / round use the second highlighter shade so that you can differentiate between the rows / rounds. Continue to use alternate shades as you proceed with the chart.

  • As you are working through, your crochet will start to look like the chart. Take a moment to stop and look at your progress as you are going along.

A good chart to set you off on your journey to cracking charts is the virus shawl pattern. A pretty pattern that shows off variegated beautifully such as Stylecraft Cabaret and King Cole Riot Dk.