Adding a crochet border or edging to your project is a great way to give it a finished look. If you’re looking for some free crochet border ideas, you’re in luck. Check out our list of the 27 best crochet borders and edging patterns – perfect for adding a finishing touch to crochet blankets and more.
Crochet borders are that perfect finishing touch that makes your crochet projects seem professional and polished. They can also help hide any imperfections in the project, and add size to your design.
In this list, you’ll find a variety of crochet border patterns that will suit your next project. Scroll down to see everything from simple crab stitch edging to modern ribbed borders and cute bobble stitch trim. With so many options, you’re sure to find a border that you love!
Crochet borders can be very simple and minimal, or delicate and intricate. You can use the same yarn so that your border matches your blanket, or use a contrasting color to make your border pop.
Why add a crochet border?
There are many reasons you might want to add a crochet border to your project. Borders are not only decorative, but they also serve a few practical purposes.
First of all, they can help to neaten up the edges of your work and make them look more professional. They can also help hide any imperfections in your projects, such as uneven stitches or wonky edges.
In addition, borders can add structure and stability to crochet projects, especially if they are worked in a tighter stitch.
And finally, borders can help increase the size of your project – something that is especially helpful if you’re making a baby blanket or afghan that ended up a bit smaller than you hoped.
Supplies You’ll Need
You’ll need your basic crochet supplies to make crochet borders and edgings.
Yarn. In most cases, you’ll want to use the same type of yarn for the border as you used for the original project. Keep the same yarn weight and gauge, but feel free to use a different color!
If you choose to use a different yarn than your blanket’s yarn, you may need to adjust the hook size and take extra precautions to prevent waviness. Keep reading to find out how to do this!
The amount of yarn you’ll need will depend on your pattern and the size of your blanket. A good way to estimate how much yarn you’ll need is by crocheting a small portion of your border, and then calculating the total amount of yarn based on what you used for that portion.
Crochet hook. If you’re using the same yarn you used for the original project, you’ll likely use the same crochet hook. But of course, check the individual pattern for specific instructions.
Other notions. You may also want scissors, a measuring tape, and a tapestry needle for weaving in your ends.
Now that you know a bit more about borders, here are some of our favorite free crochet border patterns to use on your next project.
Crochet Borders and Edging Patterns
Here are some of our favorite free crochet border patterns to use on your next project.
This crab stitch edging resembles a rope and makes a simple border for all types of crochet projects. It's one of the easiest borders around, and a great choice for beginners. Click the link below for easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step pictures.
Perfect for beginners, here are step-by-step instructions for making a single crochet edge trim using one of the most basic stitches - single crochet. Use the same color as your project, or choose a bright hue for contrast.
Here are step-by-step instructions for adding an easy border to your C2C (corner to corner) afghan blocks. Whether you want to give your afghan blocks a finished look before joining them, or you want to differentiate your blocks by creating a contrasting border, these instructions will show you exactly what to do.
Here's another great border for your next crochet project. Start by working a single crochet border as a foundation row for this pattern. Then, you'll use the front post double crochet and back post double crochet stitches to create the ribbed look.
Here's a great tutorial for a linen stitch border, also called a moss stitch border. This border is simple, but adds a sort of tidy neatness to your blanket's edge. Choose your favorite colors or add or subtract rows to make it fit your style perfectly.
Here are a few tips for crocheting borders on your next project.
Start with a round of single crochet.
Most border patterns will start with a base round of single crochet stitches. This gives your border a good foundation and helps even out inconsistencies in the edges. In addition, it can give you a specific stitch count, which is important to know for some border patterns.
Space border stitches evenly.
When crocheting in the edges of your pattern, it can be easy to make uneven spaces between your stitches. Pay careful attention to your first round of stitches to ensure you have a solid foundation of evenly-spaced stitches.
Add increases (extra stitches) to turn the corners.
When crocheting a border around a corner, it’s important to add extra stitches in the corner stitch. If you’re using a pattern, it will generally account for this and tell you exactly what to do.
Turning the corners without adding extra stitches can cause your corners to curl. If you’re crocheting multiple rows on your border, the problem will only compound, so be sure to add extra stitches in your corners!
FAQs about Crochet Borders
Here are some frequently asked questions about crocheting borders.
Do all crochet blankets need a border?
It isn’t necessary to create a border on your crochet blanket. However, a border is a great way to add a polished look to your project.
How wide should a border be on a crochet blanket?
There’s no right answer for how wide you should make your crochet border. In general, smaller blankets usually look good with smaller borders, while larger blankets can easily sport borders up to a few inches wide. If your border becomes floppy, it might be a bit too wide, but it’s really up to you!
Do I have to use the same yarn for my border?
No, you don’t necessarily have to use the same yarn for your border as you did for your original project. However, it’s generally easiest to match the gauge and weight of the yarn.
If you choose to use a different yarn, you may need to adjust your hook size. In addition, take extra care to prevent waviness.
Why is my crochet blanket border wavy?
There are a few possible reasons why your crochet border may become wavy or start ruffling. Most likely, it’s because your border has too few or too many stitches.
If you feel like the border is curling or cupping, you might have too few stitches or are working too tightly.
If you feel like the border is wavy or ruffling, you might have too many stitches. In that case, you may need to go back and pick up fewer stitches along the edge.
How do you end a crochet border order?
Fastening your last stitch with an invisible join is a beautiful, seamless-looking way to finish your blanket. Don’t forget to weave your ends in when you’re done!
More Crochet Patterns
Here are some more crochet patterns that you may be interested in.
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