Recently in BiCrafty Bootcamp, we talked about how the right crochet border puts the cherry on top of any project. We provided a whole bunch of tips for adding crochet edgings to both knit and crochet projects. Additionally, we recommended some books for finding great crochet edgings. But there are so many terrific crochet edgings patterns out there that we didn’t want to stop there. That’s why we’ve put together a roundup of patterns and additional books on the topic as a resource for you to bookmark and use with any crochet project.
Marly Bird Projects With Crochet Edgings Patterns
Sometimes a crochet project doesn’t require a border. However, more often than not, the border finishes off the piece perfectly. Therefore, most of my crochet patterns have edging borders that you can use on not just that project but also on other designs. Here are some of the specific crochet patterns that I think you’ll like exploring the edgings on:
In this photo tutorial, you’ll learn how to use bobbles to create a pom pom style border around a crochet blanket (or any other crochet project for that matter.
Did you know that you can use an I-Cord. asa border for crochet projects? We don’t see this done nearly enough. After all, it’s truly unique and adds texture and intrigue to your finished piece. Here’s some video instruction for this one:
There are so many different variations on the crochet shell stitch. Any of them can work well as a border for crochet projects. In BiCrafty Bootcamp, we created a granny stitch bandana shawl with a shell stitch border. This post explains how to get the math right for the border and also includes the border pattern instructions. This is one of the simplest crochet edgings pattern that still makes a bold design impact.
My Throw Me a Kiss Shawl has one of my favorite crochet edgings patterns for beginners. It looks complicated but it’s not hard at all. This five-round crochet border pattern is eye-catching, isn’t it?
Sometimes you just figure out the perfect crochet border for a piece. For example, I created a nine-round repetitive crochet border for my Chic Modern Mosaic Block Throw. It really complements the design so perfectly. However, it’s also a great border for other crochet blankets and projects as well.
My Stitch Sampler Baby Blanket is rich with lots of texture and colors. Therefore, it only seemed right to create a border that was also rich in color. Like other crochet edgings patterns, this one works for a lot of different projects.
My Granny Square Motif Cardigan is a series of joined motifs. At the end, the edges were a little bit bumpy. For example, the squares include picots, so those were popping out away from the squares. In other words, the motifs didn’t have a flat edge. The simple crochet border that I created for this pattern shows you how to give a clean edge to these types of joined motifs. Here’s a video that gives you a better idea:
Etsy Crochet Edgings Patterns and Books
You can always head to Etsy to find good crochet patterns. In addition to individual crochet edgings patterns, some sellers sell entire books about crochet borders. Most often these are vintage crochet books. They provide you with classic and unique crochet borders for a range of different projects. Here are a few that caught my eye.
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Learn how to add a row of crochet hearts to any project. This is a simple two-round crochet border, yet the design packs a lot of impact.
This thick and beautiful crochet border pattern is unique. Do you have the perfect project that it would finish off nicely?
With 11 pages of step-by-step instructions for the border alone, this crochet pattern gives you everything that you need to create the perfect edging. The pattern for the full blanket is sold separately if that interests you.
These crochet edgings patterns are designed for thread crochet. However, you can always use thicker yarn instead depending upon your project. These are designed with a repeat that allows you to grow the edging as long as you need for any project.
Bleeding Heart Edge Crochet Pattern from Once Again Findz
This is one of the crochet edgings patterns designed to add on to fleece blankets, towels, etc. Of course, you can also add the border to crochet and knit projects, as well.
If you’ve created a really simple project, then you might want to make a more elaborate border for it. This wide border can add a lot of design impact to any piece. Note that the pattern is written in vintage 1940’s language.
This is another set of crochet edgings patterns designed to add on to ready-made fleece baby blankets. As with any other crochet border, these will work on a wide range of other projects as well. These are simple, but beautiful and effective edgings.
CuddleTyme sells five different packets of crochet edgings patterns. Each packet contains seven different borders to learn. Each includes different skills levels and different styles. They’re especially designed for baby items but work on a range of other projects as well.
With more than four dozen different crochet borders to choose from, you’ll easily find plenty to use here. Designed for thread crochet, you can adapt them for other yarn weights. Some of the thicker ones are also great patterns on their own to use for garlands and other decor.
There look to be so many beautiful, unique crochet border patterns in this collection. Do note, however, that this is is a Japanese crochet booklet. Therefore, you have to know how to read crochet symbol charts in order to complete these designs. Don’t know how? Check out the first several videos in BiCrafty Bootcamp: Crochet Lessons for Knitters to get the hang of it!
This is a vintage book of crochet edgings patterns and knit edgings patterns dating back to the 1930’s. This looks like a fun resource for the bicrafty people in the group!
If you’re BiCrafty and / or you know how to tat, then this is a strong resource. What’s also great about these types of books is that they can inspire you to come up with your own similar crochet edgings patterns for the items you’re working on.
Leisure Arts Crochet Edgings Patterns and Books
Leisure Arts is another good resource for these patterns.
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This is an interesting crochet edging pattern that you can add to any project. It’s specifically designed as a thread crochet addition to a pillowcase. However, the instructions make it easy to add fewer or more hearts as needed.
Similarly, this is a crochet pattern to add thread edging to fabric for your mantle. It would also make a beautiful wide blanket border.
According to the book’s description, the nearly 100 pages include “ornate scallops, zigzag, border roses, bachelor buttons.”
As you might have noticed, lots of crochet edgings books focus on thread crochet. Historically, people did a lot of work with thread. Now, of course, we have so many fabulous yarn weights to choose from. Don’t hesitate to adapt a pattern with a different yarn even though it calls for thread.
These five patterns are designed for thread crochet added to fleece blankets. But as you know, you can adapt them to suit other projects.
This is a really unique book. It’s designed to show you how to add thread crochet edgings to various kids’ items such as bibs. The book comes with the hook you need. Moreover, it comes with a fabric piercer that simplifies the process of adding crochet edgings patterns to fabric.
More Crochet Edgings Patterns Books
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If you saw my recent Instagram post, then you know that I have a comprehensive knit and crochet book library. And if you follow BiCrafty Bootcamp, then you know that the two crochet edgings patterns books I most highly recommend are both by the fabulous Edie Eckman. Around the Corner Crochet Borders and Every Which Way Crochet Borders each have more than 100 unique crochet border patterns in them. Get these books and you’ll never want for a crochet edging pattern again. Get those books here. That said, here are some other books that you might want to add to your collection as well.
This is a comprehensive crochet stitch dictionary. Therefore it’s not entirely edgings but also has motifs, stitch patterns, etc. However, the edgings section is quite complete. And you can’t go wrong with a good stitch dictionary.
Although this book also has motif and garment patterns in it, the focus is on trims and edgings. It’s innovative, though, in that Omdahl also shares unique ways to utilize borders. For example, learn how to repeat a border pattern to create an entire finished piece. Moreover, learn how to reverse engineer borders you see elsewhere.
The Complete Book of Crochet Border Designs: Hundreds of Classics & Original Patterns by Linda Schapper
With over 300 crochet border patterns, this book won’t let you down.
Each of these crochet borders was designed with a blanket in mind. You can add them to crochet blankets as well as knit blankets. This book was by the late Jean Leinhauser and has been published by Rita Weiss Creative Partners. Note: this book is also for sale through Leisure Arts.