Looking for a great unisex crochet blanket border? Try this free one!
There are lots of free crochet blanket border s out there, but this one is definitely worth stopping to check out! It is an intermediate pattern, but only because of the dc2tog! But don’t worry about those! I have a photo tutorial for these stitches and the full video tutorials below!
Inspiration behind the design
As I was making my Community Garden Blanket I was thinking about how I would work a great unisex crochet blanket border that would be fun and interesting but not overly complicated. I wanted something that beginners could pick up without too much of a problem.
By the time my blanket was joined together I had decided on this slightly wavy number. The gentle waves give this crochet blanket border a little something extra without it being over the top.
It is also a great way to start to dip your toe into chevron patterns if you have been feeling a little intimidated by them. With only four rounds (and one of those being an easy set up round of entirely hdc’s) it will work up quickly. And don’t forget, I have a full video tutorial for both left and right handed crocheters linked below too!
Construction of the design
As mentioned, for this crochet blanket border we work in rounds. There are 4 rounds in total with the first being completely half double crochets to get the counts you need to make this one work and set everything up nicely for a smooth and fun border! The second round is also very simple. The third and fourth rounds are where the special dc2tog stitches come into play.
This pattern will work with any type of yarn and in any yarn weight. However, I would always recommend using the same yarn weight as your blanket – preferably the same yarn!
The pattern specifics:
|I used approx 220 yards of Paintbox Simply Aran in white (rounds 1 and 3), 1400 yards in green and 160 yards in tan for my Community Garden Blanket. Please note, that you will need differing amounts depending on the size of your blanket or project!|
Appropriate sized hook – I used a 5mm
Stitch markers (optional but I highly recommend 4 – one to mark each corner stitch!)
|Not important as this will depend on yarn and hook size.|
|YO – Yarn over|
Sk – skip
St / sts – stitch / stitches
FO – Fasten off
CH – chain
HDC – half double crochet
DC – double crochet
TC – Treble Crochet
DC2Tog – Double crochet 2 together
|– Written in US terms. |
– Stitch multiple: 9 +2 sts plus the corner stitches.
V st – [DC, CH2, DC] into same stitch.
DC2Tog over 3 sts – To work this stitch, YO, insert hook into next st, YO and pull through, YO and pull through 2 loops on hook, sk next st, YO and insert hook into next st, YO and pull through, YO and pull through 2 loops on hook, YO and pull through remaining 3 loops on hook.
DC2Tog over 4 sts – This is the same as the dc2tog over 3 sts EXCEPT you skip 2 stitches instead of one st in the middle! To work this stitch, YO, insert hook into next st, YO and pull through, YO and pull through 2 loops on hook, sk next 2 sts, YO and insert hook into next st, YO and pull through, YO and pull through 2 loops on hook, YO and pull through remaining 3 loops on hook.
Video Tutorial Links:
I have both right and left handed tutorials for the complete border at the links below:
Round 1: In color A:
Starting at the top right-hand corner of your blanket (not in the corner), HDC evenly across the top of your work, making sure to work a stitch multiple of 9 + 2 (I stitched 227), Place 1 HDC in the corner and mark this with a stitch marker.
Turn your work and work a stitch multiple of 9 + 2 down the side of your blanket (I worked 281). Place one HDC in the corner and mark it with a stitch marker.
Work the same number of HDC along the bottom of your afghan as you did the top, (for me this was 227 sts) HDC in the corner and place a stitch marker in the corner stitch.
Work the same number of HDC up the remaining side of your blanket as you did for the opposite side (for me this was 281 sts). HDC in the final corner st and SS to join.
Round 2: In color B:
On any side attach your yarn 6 sts in from a corner st. CH4 (counts as a TC), **DC in the next st, HDC in next st, *SC in next 4 sts, HDC in next st, DC in next st, TC in next st, DC in next st, HDC in next st * Rep from * to * until you have 3 sts remaining before the corner st. SC in next 3 sts, [HDC, DC, TC (mark this st with a st marker), DC, HDC] in corner st, SC in next 3 sts, HDC in next st, DC in next st, TC in next st. Rep from ** around leaving out the last TC, SS to top of CH4.
Round 3: In color A
CH5 (counts as a DC, CH2), DC in the same st, **DC in next 2 sts, *DC2Tog over next 4 sts (note these will be the 4 SC from the previous round), DC in next 2 sts, V st in the next st, DC in next 2 sts. Rep from * until you have 5 sts remaining before the corner st, DC2Tog over next 3 sts, DC in next 2 sts, [V st, CH2, DC] in next corner st, DC in next 2 sts, DC2Tog over the next 3 sts, DC in next 2 sts ***, V st in next st. Rep from ** around ending at ***, SS to 3rd CH of CH5 to join.
Round 4: In color D
CH3 (counts as a DC), **V st in next CH space, *DC in next 2 DC, DC2Tog over next 3 sts***, DC in next 2 sts, V st in next CH space. Rep from * to to corner st, V st in corner st. Rep from ** around, ending last repeat at ***, DC in last st, ss to top of CH3 to join.
FO and weave in ends.
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