Learning to Crochet Challenge Bonus Lesson: Adding a Simple Border

This bonus lesson in a nutshell

  • Borders are a great way to give your projects a finished look and even out edges that aren’t perfect
  • Today we will focus on using single crochet stitches to go around our project with a simple border(you can do this with any options, even though I only mention and show a washcloth. The process is the same if you’d like to put this border on your scarf.

Notes from the Video

To make this border, you will need to take a moment to learn single crochet. We are simply going to do one layer of single crochet stitches around the perimeter of what we have finished.

Working Single Crochet Stitches

After learning the double crochet stitch, single crochet stitches are going to seem easy.

All you need to do to work a single crochet is:

  • Insert your hook where the stitch is going to go.
  • Yarn over and pull the yarn through(you should have two loops of yarn on your hook).
  • Yarn over and pull that loop of yarn through your first two.

Just in case you want it, you can find my in-depth post on single crochet here.

Putting Stitches Around Your Work

Top of your project

If you already cut your yarn, You can simply start again by inserting your hook in the same place, creating a slip knot on your hook, and drawing the loop portion through your work. Working a chain after doing that attaches the new yarn very securely.

If you opted to not cut your yarn in the last lesson, then you can simply make a chain stitch

Turn your work, and put a row of single crochet stitches into the top of your project

Then at the corner, put three single crochet stitches in the same place. This allows you to curve around to the next side. Remember to add these extra stitches at every corner.

Sides of your project

The “raw” sides of your crochet have more of a chance to be tricky. There is no hard and fast rule exactly where to put your stitches along these two sides. The main thing is to end up with something that lays as flat as possible.

I do find though, that a good rule of thumb depends on how many “chains” tall the stitch is. Remember how I told you that a double crochet stitch is about as tall as two chain stitches? Well, I’ve found that about two single crochet stitches for each double crochet going up the side works out pretty well. This doesn’t mean that you will end up with exactly 22 stitches down the sides of a washcloth that is 11 rows long, but it will be close if you are working in the same yarn

Bottom of your project

Now of course before you do the last side of your work, you need to go across the “bottom” of your project-where you actually started with your chains. This is a bit different than going across the top, but it is still pretty straightforward.

Finishing!

Finally, when you get all the way around, finishing is as simple as putting an extra stitch or two in the last corner, slip stitching the beginning and end of your border together(putting your hook through the beginning stitch, yarning over, and pulling the yarn through both the first and last stitch), and cutting your yarn like I showed you yesterday.

Once you weave in your ends of yarn, you are 100% DONE!

Today’s Goal

Today, I actually have several things I would love to see you do:

  1. First, if you want to put a border on your project, go ahead and use single crochet stitches to do that.
  2. Second, relish what you have been able to accomplish! Congratulations on finishing this project!
  3. And finally, it would be best if you continue learning so that you can build on this success. I would encourage you to find another easy project as soon as you can, and crochet often.

If you’d like an idea of what to work on next, check out this design for a simple hand towel (it uses single crochet stitches).

If you’d like a “Next Steps” resource with some guidance for teaching yourself and ideas for things to try, you can also download this resource.

Thank you so much for going through this challenge with me! If you’d like to send me a picture via Facebook, Instagram, or the “contact me” form, I would love to see how your project turned out!

I hope you’ll continue to learn and enjoy crocheting.

Keep it delightful,

Amelia

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