A Simple Border for Blankets and Afghans
There are so many beautiful options when choosing a border for your blankets and afghans.Whether you prefer something a bit more lacy and eye-catching or something more simple and understated there are hundreds of options out there!
Today I would like to show you a simple but beautiful border for blankets and afghans. When the choices and options start to overwhelm me, this is one that I keep coming back to and it works regardless of stitch count! Of course, me being me I like to use an odd number of stitches so that I start and end each side with the same stitch for balance, but that is basically just me. I like order and uniformity in my borders.
What do you think of this crocheted border for blankets and afghans?
The great thing about this border is that you can use any of the basic stitches you want to – sc, hdc, dc, tc. I will point out that the longer the stitch you use the more movement there is in the border. So if you have used a bigger hook and have a blanket with a lot of drape in it you may want to use the dc or tc stitches for this one. For warmer and thicker blankets I recommend the hdc.
Another great thing about this border is that you can make it as wide as you want to with ease – its just a repeat of round 2 until you reach your desired width. Once round 2 is completed you don’t even have to count stitches any more!
The Friendship Blanket Border…
I used the hdc version of this border when completing my friendship blanket. This blanket was an awesome CAL – 28 designers and 41 squares using a variety of techniques and stitches to design 9″ squares based on the theme of texture. This blanket turned out so well! It’s one of the projects that I am proud of and which I feel quite sentimental about because each squares tells me a story and remind me of a specific designer friend. You can find more info about the Friendship Blanket here.
We do have video tutorials for both right and left handed crocheters:
ch – chain
st – stitch
hdc – half double crochet
Rep – repeat
ss – Slip Stitch
Note: You may find it easier to place a stitch marker in each of the 4 corner stitches or corner chain space.
Round 1: Starting in a corner stitch / chain space attach your yarn, *[ch2 (counts as a st), hdc, ch1, 2hdc] in the corner stitch, hdc in each stitch across to the next corner stitch making sure you have an odd number of stitches,* Repeat from * to * 3 more times, slip stitch to join.
Round 2: ch1, bphdc around the first stitch, fphdc around the next st, **[2hdc, ch1, 2hdc] in the corner space or stitch, *fphdc around the next stitch, BPhdc around the next st* Repeat from * to * until you have one stitch left before the corner, fpdc around the last stitch. Repeat from ** until you reach your first BPhdc of the round. Slip stitch to join.
This is all I did for my simple border, but if you want to make your border wider you just repeat round 2 making sure that you bphdc around the bphdc stitches and likewise for the fphdc stitches from the previous round.
Will this be your new go-to border?
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