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How to Crochet Borders and Edging: 30 Crochet Tutorials

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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. Any one of these crochet stitch patterns can work as an edging on an afghan, baby blanket, sweater, scarf and more!


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Plus, check out this video below from our good friend Kristi Simpson on how to work the easy shell edging!

Crochet Border Videos

How to Crochet Ruffle Edging

If you're a visual learner, check out these crochet border video tutorials! These tutorials will walk you through the steps to crochet your own edging and adorn any project, from simple scarves to blankets of all sizes!

Are you having trouble deciding on the perfect free crochet edging patterns for baby blankets? Whether you want a simple and understated crochet blanket border or a more stylish and extravagant crochet blanket edging, you'll find the best video tutorials here. 

  • How to Crochet the Princess Tiara EdgingTalk about feeling like royalty! This Princess Tiara Edging video tutorial will really help you bring your next crochet project to royalty level. If you have been practicing your curtsy and policing your crown, then you need to learn how to make this crochet edging pattern. 
  • How to Crochet the Reverse Single Crochet EdgingThis Reverse Single Crochet Edging video tutorial breaks down how you can get a simple yet still distinct edging pattern. Plus, the reverse single crochet edging stitch is the perfect way to really secure any of your projects. That makes this edging stitch perfect for baby blankets, dishcloths, or any pattern that you are really going to get a lot of use and wear and tear from!
  • How to Crochet Sweet Shell EdgingWant a softer edging stitch that will add a nice subtle design? Check out this Sweet Shell Edging video tutorial and learn just how easy adding this delicate edging can be. The sweet shell crochet border gives more of soft and gentle edging style that will not be too out there and noticeable.
  • How to Crochet the Pointed Scallop EdgingThis Crochet Pointed Scallop Edging video tutorial shows you how easy adding edging can be. This particular edging style is an easy way to add a decorative crochet edging without adding too much crazy detail.
  • How to Crochet Ruffle EdgingRuffle edging is a great way to add a fancy touch to the end of your crochet project. This Crochet Ruffle Edging video tutorial perfectly shows you and breaks down how you can create this edging. Whether you want to add a fancy or frilly touch to the end of your crochet project, this ruffle edging pattern is the way to go.
  • How to Crochet Curly Q EdgingThis Crochet Curly Q Edging tutorial can really help you add that extra flare to your next crochet project. Curly Q crochet borders are a super cute and fun way for you to really amp up your next crochet project. Plus, if you are working on a more basic scarf pattern, you can adorn the edges of your scarf with this curly q pattern and really put some pizzazz in it! 

Crochet Edging Patterns

Bobble Edging

Adding crochet blanket borders can be done with different crochet designs and different crochet stitches. 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 border designs 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. 
  • Bobble EdgingThis 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 Edging 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.
  • Pineapple Swirl EdgingThis Pineapple Swirl Edging is the perfect edging to add to linens and other delicate crochet items. 
  • 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.
  • Classic Granny Blanket Crochet EdgingThis 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.
  • Polka Dot Crochet EdgingTo complete this crochet edging, simply use whatever yarn and hook you used to work up the crocheted afghan (or whatever item you are adding this to). The amount of yarn that you need will vary depending on weight, gauge, and size of the item. 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 EdgingThe 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 EdgingThese triangles are a great finishing touch because they are out of the ordinary. Children will not get their scarves or blankets mixed up, and you can add a fun new touch to any worn out project! This edging would look great as a sun's rays and as a spiky edge for a dinosaur blanket.
  • Pumpkin Patch EdgingAdd 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 BorderAdd 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 EdgingFollow 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, even with the simplest of crochet stitch patterns. Display your beautiful artwork for all to see. Sometimes the best part about adding a crochet blanket 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.
  • Ruffled Edge Baby BlanketRuffled edging makes this crocheted afghan ideal for precious baby girls, but boys will appreciate the unique ruffled texture, as well.
  • Surprisingly Simple Christmas Afghan BorderThis 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 StitchFor those visual learners, be sure to check out this video on how to crochet a picot stitch!
  • If you're looking for more options for free crochet edging patterns for baby blankets, you absolutely should give the Reverse Single Crochet Crab Stitch a try. It features a delicately scalloped edge designed to give your finished projects a special edge. 

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.
  • 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. This can also be made for baby boys.
  • 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.

What's your favorite type of edging?

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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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