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Can you ever have too many crochet edging patterns for blankets and afghans? I think not. The way I see it, it’s essential for crocheters to keep a wide variety of different patterns on hand. This enables us to be well-prepared every time we want to crochet a new afghan.
Some blankets will look better if they are finished off with plainer edgings, because their vivid patterns or colors steal the show visually. Others start out simpler and less attention-grabbing; those might be better enhanced by fancy, eye-catching borders. So it’s obviously ideal to have a variety of options to choose from. The more edging patterns you have stashed, the better your odds of pairing your latest blanket-in-progress with just the right edging that will make it perfect.
The patterns on this list are noteworthy because they all include instructions for turning the corners. That way, you can work all the way around the outer edges of your blanket — unlike the approach you’d take for finishing a sheet, where you usually only work the edging across the upper edge, or with a pillowcase, where you’d usually only finish the opening.
A decent stash of edging patterns is essential for those of you who enjoy cranking out remarkable quantities of granny squares. If that’s you, or even if it isn’t, be sure to check out the list and grab the patterns that strike your fancy.
I hope you’ll find these instructions and patterns useful.
1. Easy Lacy Shell Edging
This shell edging is a versatile design that you can use with or without a corner. The corner makes it ideal for finishing off blankets and afghans; it’s also easy to use it for trimming other coordinating accessories, like dresser scarves and curtains, even if you want to just use it across one edge on pieces like those.
This is one of those super-simple designs that’s ideal for finishing off fancy, colorful or eye-catching blanket patterns that just need a little extra touch to be completed.
This is also a nice pattern to use when you’re in a huge hurry to get your blanket finished — perhaps if it’s a last-minute gift you’re rushing to complete.
Click here to get the free crochet pattern for this easy lacy shell edging.
2. Scalloped Crochet Edging
I adore this pretty scalloped edging pattern, both for its versatility and its simplicity. I also appreciate the speed at which it works up; for an edging pattern, it’s pretty quick.
I’ve shared several different versions of this pattern, enabling you to adapt it for a variety of different uses. It’s ideal for use on afghans, baby blankets and throws. I’ve also included straight-across versions you can work in either rounds or rows. These would come in handy for trimming projects like cowls, fingerless mitts, dresser scarves, curtains, etc — projects where you need to know what to do if there aren’t any corners to work around.
Click here to get the free pattern for the scalloped crochet edging.
3. Simple Single Crochet Blanket Border
This is another ultra-simple blanket edging. It’s one of my tried-and-true favorites. I especially love this edging on blankets for guys, and also on “busy,” colorful or eye-catching afghans for anyone.
Pictured here, you can see how this border looks on a patterned Christmas blanket featuring Christmas tree motifs. That’s only one example of how it could be used; you certainly have plenty of other options as well.
Click here to get the free pattern for the simple single crochet blanket border.
4. Easy Treble Crochet Shell Stitch Edging in Two Colors
Here’s a new twist on the classic crochet shell stitch edging pattern. This edging design offers you a lovely scalloped finish for your blankets, the same as you’d expect from a traditional shell stitch edging.
What’s different about this intriguing design: The colors on this edging appear to alternate, so the effect is more colorful than an ordinary solid-shell crochet edging would be.
Despite that, this pattern is easier than you’d think. You only actually work with one color per round, so you don’t have to do massive numbers of complex color changes; you just do ultra-simple color changes between rounds.
Click here to get the free shell stitch edging pattern.
5. Puff Lace Crochet Edging Pattern
This pattern is slightly more challenging than the others pictured above, but it’s still an easy pattern overall. It’s also a little more time consuming than some of the others, because puff stitches take time to complete. Usually, I think they are worth the effort — but if you’re in a hurry this maybe isn’t the best pattern to reach for.
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2 thoughts on “5 Crochet Blanket Edges ”
April 9, 2015 at 8:18 am
I love your patterns. I am learning how to crochet and your instructions are easy to read.
January 6, 2018 at 7:11 pm
Hi Amy, I am crocheting the baby blanket with the 4 colours in interrupted v stitch and are now up to the edging that you have done on that pattern. Question is how do you do the line around the main pattern & the edge? I can’t find that anywhere. It is probably an easy thing to do but I need some guidance. Can you get back to me on that please?
These edgings are all great! Are there any guidelines for figuring out which one to use on the baby blanket I’m making? Please help!
It’s a matter of personal preference which edging you choose, but there are multiple things to think about. Personally, when I’m choosing an edging for a blanket, I tend to choose an ultra-simple edging for a fancy blanket, and a fancy edging for an ultra-simple blanket.
Also, there are math considerations; count the number of stitches you have along each side and then pay attention to whether your stitch count is compatible with the stitch multiple on the edging you’ve selected. But if your stitch count is a bit off, you can always either add a few rounds in single crochet, or you can “fudge it” a little by increasing or decreasing somewhere to get the right stitch count.
Thanks so much for these edging patterns. I found this page because I’m looking for shell stitch edgings, but I love that scalloped edging even more than the traditional shell edging you posted. I love the two-color treble shell edging too. That one looks like it would be really interesting to use.
Hi Eleanor! Thanks for the comment. I am glad you found the edging patterns useful.