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How to Crochet Borders and Edging

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How to Crochet Borders and Edging

Do you ever find yourself with a finished project, but it just doesn't look complete? You stare at it and can't figure out what needs to be done with it until a lightbulb goes off. Maybe you need to add crochet edging to complete your pattern. Voila!

Simple crochet edging can be added to just about any project out there; it makes your design look complete and a bit more sophisticated. If you're unsure of how to crochet borders then you're in luck because we have some great crochet edging patterns for you to follow.

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Crochet Edging Patterns

Bobble Edging

Adding crochet edging can be done with different crochet designs. There are so many different looks and textures to choose from; it all depends on what you want the outcome of your project to look like. From classic designs like a granny stripe edging or a delicate scalloped one to more intricate crochet edgings like a zig zag edging, lace edging or even bobble edging, you'll find so many options. No matter which design you pick, your finished crochet projects will never look boring! 

  • Arc Lace EdgingAdd the perfect finishing touch to your crochet pattern with this beautiful Arc Lace Edging. You can either sew this edging onto an edge, or crochet it directly on the edge. This edging is perfect as trim for blankets, afghans, throws, curtains, and dresses, just to name a few.
  • Bobble EdgingAdd the perfect finishing touch to your crochet project with this free tutorial for Bobble Edging. This simple crochet pattern is an easy way to add beautiful detail to your next crochet project. This would work exceptionally well on baby blankets.
  • Granny Stripe EdgingThis Granny Stripe Edging is a fabulous crochet tutorial. Just follow the step by step crochet instructions and you can add a beautiful edging to any of your crochet afghans or blankets. It's easy enough to add to any pattern at any time, so bring out those unfinished projects and have at it.
  • Lattice Ruffle EdgingUse tatting cotton and a size 13 steel crochet hook to add this gorgeous Lattice Ruffle Edging to any square handkerchief with rolled or hemstitched edge. This free crochet pattern is delicate and feminine. It also has a vintage feel to it, as well!
  • Pineapple Swirl EdgingThis Pineapple Swirl Edging is the perfect edging to add to linens and other delicate crochet items. This free crochet pattern is unique and beautiful. It will add the perfect finishing touch to any elegant crochet piece.
  • Zig Zag EdgingUse crochet thread to add this pretty Zig Zag Edging to practically any household item. It's a fast and easy crochet pattern to complete, and this tutorial includes helpful step-by-step photographs. This is a great finishing touch for kitchen towels, pillowcases, washcloths, tablecloths, or even a baby burp cloth. Use a steel crochet hook and a marking pen to complete this crochet pattern.
  • Classic Granny Blanket Crochet EdgingIf you've been searching for the perfect crochet edging tutorial to add to your latest crocheted blanket, then this Classic Granny Blanket Crochet Edging is just what you need. It's made in three rounds two rounds of chain loops and followed by a final round of shell/scallops. It can easily be worked around any size granny square crochet pattern.
  • Polka Dot Crochet EdgingAdd a fun border to any crochet pattern with this free Polka Dot Crochet Edging tutorial. To complete this crochet edging, simply use whatever yarn and hook you used to work up the crocheted afghan. The polka-dot inspired design of this particular crochet edging pattern is great for practically anything, but it's ideal for crochet blankets for kids, or crochet pillows.
  • Shells and Borders Crochet Stitch PatternThis free crochet pattern teaches you to crochet this simple Lacy Stitch that's great for making lacy projects such as afghans, shawls, curtains or placemats!
  • How to Crochet Scalloped EdgingIf you are new to crocheting or just haven't looked too far into different stitches, you're in luck. The How to Crochet Scalloped Edging tutorial shows you exactly how to make this crochet edging so that you can learn to crochet with ease. Go step-by-step with the crochet instructions so that you can continue to add these stitches to your crochet borders later on.
  • Triangle Crochet EdgingHaving trouble finding that perfect finish on your project? Is an old project fraying on the edges? Try out this Triangle Crochet Edging for a unique way to finish any crochet project. These triangles are a great finishing touch because they are out of the ordinary.
  • Pumpkin Patch EdgingFollow this free crochet pattern for a quick and simple way to add a fall touch to practically any crochet project. Add this Pumpkin Patch Edging to your next autumn-inspired crocheted afghan, or perhaps your Thanksgiving tablecloth. It's suitable for both chunky and lightweight yarns. This pumpkin-themed edging is also perfect for Halloween crochet patterns; the possibilities are endless with this free crochet pattern.
  • How to Crochet a Crossed Double BorderLearn How to Crochet a Crossed Double Border with this helpful tutorial. Add this edging on to any finished blanket, no matter if it was originally crocheted, knitted, or is just made out of fabric. Just make sure to use a corresponding yarn and hook size that matches the original yarn of the blanket. You can even create your own effect by using one or two colors of your choice for these crochet edges.
  • Easiest Ever Crocheted EdgingThere are plenty of free crochet patterns available, but not all of them include instructions on how to finish them off with a pretty edge! Follow this Easiest Ever Crocheted Edging pattern to complete your next project. It can be applied to almost any crochet garment or pattern.

Crochet Blanket Edging

Fresh Flowers Blanket

Crochet borders for blankets can really set your design apart from others. Display your beautiful artwork for all to see. Sometimes the best part about adding a border is in the crochet colors that you choose. If the blanket is a plain, neutral color, add a pop of color for the border and really make it stand out. Adding a crochet border is another way to extend the size of your afghan by just a bit and to give it that final something. 

  • Monster Fleece Lovey BlanketsMonster Fleece Lovey Blankets make a great gift for a child. They're super easy crochet patterns as you're just adding a crocheted edging after creating holes with a skip stitch blade. Once you find the perfect fleece design you just have to work up the head, arms and legs.
  • Ribbons and Lace AfghanThe built in borders and edging within this Ribbons and Lace Afghan really make it a unique design. This crocheted afghan is quick and easy to work up and would look lovely in your home.
  • Ruffled Edge Baby BlanketThis Ruffled Edge Baby Blanket is the perfect pattern to snuggle your newborn baby with for years to come. Ruffled edging makes this crocheted afghan ideal for precious baby girls, but boys will appreciate the unique ruffled texture, as well. This free pattern includes seven different sizing directions (swaddle blanket, crib blanket, newborn baby blanket, receiving blanket, baby blanket, lapghan and child blanket).
  • Surprisingly Simple Christmas AfghanIf you want to make a crocheted afghan for Christmas, but just don't have the time it takes to make one, this Surprisingly Simple Christmas Afghan is perfect. This free crochet pattern from Red Heart is actually only for the pom pom edging, which you simply sew onto a festive fleece blanket. This semi-homemade crochet afghan pattern is a fast and easy way to decorate your home for the holidays without spending much time, effort, or money.
  • Quick and Easy Crocheted Blanket Edging PatternsAdd the finishing touch to any blanket with any one of these Quick and Easy Crocheted Blanket Edging Patterns. There are three easy crochet patterns to choose from. You could even add these edgings to any simple fleece, flannel, or receiving blanket.
  • Crocheting a Picot Stitch
  • Reverse Single Crochet Stitch Crab Stitch

Crochet Trim for Home Decor

Crochet Room Wall Decor

Sometimes a tiny bit of flair added to your home can really make your home cozy and warm. Adding crochet borders is a great way to do that, especially for those frilly projects for young girls. Crochet borders are a great way to add that finishing touch to any items you want to display in your home. 

  • Lace Napkin EdgingAdd your own special touch to your napkins with these this Lace Napkin Edging pattern! This easy crochet pattern is a great way to spice up your boring-looking linens. Use Bernat crochet thread to complete this pattern.
  • Pillow EdgingsGive your pillows a makeover with these pretty Pillow Edgings! This intermediate crochet pattern features four different edging options: picot, tassel, ruffle, and lace. Use a steel crochet hook and Bernat crochet cotton to complete these patterns.
  • Crochet Room Wall DecorPerfect for your little girl's room is this Crochet Room Wall Decor. Make the letter of her first name to help decorate her room.
  • Time for Tea Towels Crochet EdgingTake your kitchen towels from average to angelic with this Time for Tea Towels Crochet Edging. Instantly upgrade basic towels by learning this crochet edging pattern. Choose yarn that matches your towels and add a lace-like border to add femininity and style to this basic kitchen item.

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Another great tutorial on the basics that are really very interesting no matter how long one has been crocheting. It can often be quite difficult to know which edging or border will look good with whatever it is we are making. Or perhaps we are just looking for an idea of something different. This tutorial makes it all so much easier plus there are detailed patterns on how to do each one.

If you take the time to learn a few of these, you will have it made in the shade. Then you can whip thru an afghan ,doing it in single or half double stitches( my favorite) and just fancy it up with a pretty trim. People will only notice that trim and you can take all the credit for making such a pretty item.

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