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March 11, 2012

Quick question

Any suggestions for finishing a jagged edge of a crocheted piece?

I tried the standard sc along the edge, but it looks really sloppy, in my opinion, and curls towards one side of the work.

I am open to a multi-craft approach: knitting, crochet, sewing, whatever.

Thank you!

Posted by Kathy on March 11, 2012 09:25 PM


A reverse single crochet (crab stitch) edging would be firmer and more decorative. Love the blanket!

Depends on what the piece is. I like scallops sometimes, and I love this blanket binding edging for blankets. I've done a knit version too.

You could try a slip stitch instead of a sc - or turn and do another row of sc on reverse side.

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A second vote for crab stitch!

I would do a scallop or maybe an I-cord edge if you knit too. Ravelry.com is a good place to look. Go to patterns and search edgings

A third vote for crab stitch/shrimp stitch/reverse sc. I've used it on two crochet blankets and it makes a firm ropey edge that stands away from the blanket just a bit, easy for teeny hands to grab!

Maybe instead of sc, you could just do a crochet slip stitch around the edge?

That looks more like double crochet than single on the edge there, it's very tall.

How about applied i-cord? It works for my knitted blankets.

Three rows of granny-square makes very nice blanket edging (*3dc in one st, ch1* to corner, 3dc, ch3, 3dc in corner). Also, a row of sc from the wrong side will correct the curl. I think you used double crochet in the picture.

Another vote for the reverse sc. Or a knit moss/garter stitch border.

Another vote for a try at crab stitch/reverse single crochet.

You may slso experiment with the ratio of stitches per row when you're working perpendicularly across your work. If you use the single crochet that you did, it looks looser than the body of the afghan, so the ratio should make a difference. It looks like you worked 4 sc/2 rows. Try 3 sc/2 rows instead.

Or go down a hook size.

For those who are telling you that you did double crochets, either they're from the UK or they didn't notice that it's slightly elongated due to where you picked up the edging.

A single row or round of sc all by itself never looks good as a border, IMHO. You need to do at least two rows or rounds of sc for it to look halfway decent and to smooth out all the jaggedy bits.

It does look like you have used DC instead of SC in the photo. It looks like the same stitch the blanket is made of.

I would suggest two rows of SC or perhaps one and then a reverse SC (crab stitch).

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I've admittedly not done a ton of crochet, but I love the scalloped edgings. You can make each scallop the width of a stripe and it would look very nice!

I vote for the reverse sc. I've used it to finish a number of crocheted pieces and I think it makes a great finished edge and I think it evens out a wonky edge nicely.

Maybe a shell or scalloped type of crochet edging? I always love how that looks. Or if not, maybe multiple rounds of SC? Good luck!

In Ana's comment above (March 11, 2012 10:43 PM), the link to the "blanket binding edging" for blankets doesn't work (well, at least not for me).

Can anyone help and/or provide a link?

I'm really interested in this topic, as I'm about to sew together a granny square blanket and have been thinking about the edging.

I would try single crochet or slip stitch, probably skipping stitches regularly to draw the edge in.

I don't crochet, so I can't comment on that, but an applied i-cord edge is my go to technique, best described by Kay in Mason-Dixon Knitting.

I think you may have done a half double crochet there. A couple rows of sc should work with each row a different color.

Serious crocheter from way back, here. Those are half-double crochets that you have around that edge (American terminology). :-) Two or three rows of single crochet would be perfect around that edge, IMO. That will give you a nice clean look to go with your simple stripes. No need for fru-fru. I also think you didn't pick up enough stitches. Ironically, it is too open and loose LOOKING, but in reality, because there are not enough stitches, it is too TIGHT circumference-wise which makes it curl. If you use more stitches around the edge it should be neater, tighter looking but less likely to curl.

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Another vote for applied I-cord edging! It works great on blankets, covering the edges, and gives it a really polished and professional feel. I have used it several times on baby blankets, and have been told it makes it harder for the babies to shove all of the blanket it their mouth too ;)

I agree with Tam on the half double crochet and not enough stitches. For my borders on things with wonky edges I do either scallops if it's girly or a good firm single crochet edge if it's not. You probably need to work the stitches more densley, flipping to the side could be because there aren't enough stitches in the edging and it's pulling funny (on the other hand, if you pick up too many stitches the border will ruffle oddly). Sometimes I find best success crocheting the border with a smaller hook size and even more stitches (makes it firmer).

I've done a combination of slip stitch for the base and slip stitch/single crochet as another round (or several) to make it stand out more.

I'm not a crochet expert, but I knit a blanket and used the crochet crab stitch for the border. It was a really smart finish. That might work for you!

For something that stripey and colorful, I'd be afraid to use anything too flowery or decorative. I say focus on function and do a reverse single crochet all around.

Another vote for the crab stitch
One round of slip stitch before the the double crochet
the I-cord
In that order

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It gives you a nice firm & tidy edge. And the great thing about crochet is that if you don't like it, it's easy to rip out with only 1 live stitch to deal with :)

I use the icord for all my afghans. It looks good on both sides.

I think I-cord would be the neatest looking. Perhaps that's only because I have no idea what crab stitch is. But I do like the idea of a bi-craftual blanket.

Your edge looks like double crochet to me, its pretty tall.

But I think reverse sc (or crab stitch) will look nice.

An i-cord edging would look great too but I hear they take a while.

Loving the blanket so far though!

Crab stitch!

I agree with the not enough stitches. Your finishing looks loose, but it is definitely hanging over to the last stitch, so, even if you are going to use crabstitch, use more stitches. Just practise, count the fin.stitches to ten rows, then rip and try two more stitches per 10 rows, same stitches (sc)you used at first, still hanging over?, try three (or hanging the other way, one more stitch per 10 rows. After you have found the right number of stitches per 10 rows, rip all the finishing stitches and crochet the right number in crabstitches.

how about a picot edge.... has a nice, neat and clean look.

in case you have time.... under beanies (charity) I have some beanies with this type of edge.
Have fun..

Yet another crabby vote here if you haven't already done something you're satisfied with.

To add to my previous comment, I do think the above commenter who suggested picot edge has a good point. That might add a little somethin-somethin to the blanket. And may I say, SHEESH you get a lot of comment spam!

To add to my previous comment, I do think the above commenter who suggested picot edge has a good point. That might add a little somethin-somethin to the blanket. And may I say, SHEESH you get a lot of comment spam!

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