5 Tips for Beautiful Crochet Borders

A crochet border provides a polished touch to your crocheted or knit project. No matter what type of crochet border design you choose, follow these 5 tips to set a solid foundation for beautiful crochet borders.

Tip #1: Start with a Base Row/Round

Tip #1 showing base row worked with main color and with constrasting color
The base row worked in the main color blends in, while the base row worked in a contrasting color highlights uneven stitches.

Start with a base row or round of single crochet in the same color as your main fabric. Using the same color makes the base row blend into the fabric and hides any uneven stitches. You can use a contrasting color on the next row, and the stitches will look nice and even.

Tip #2 Work Stitches Evenly Spaced

Tip #2 showing arrows evenly spaced

The base row stitches should be evenly spaced along each edge. This may be one stitch in every stitch across, or some other ratio, like 2 stitches out of every 3. Along a selvedge (side edge) the ratio may be one single crochet in each single crochet row-end, 2 single crochets in each double-crochet row-end, or some other ratio. You’ll have to play with those ratios to get them just right for your situation.

Tip #3 Put Your Hook Into Selvedge Stitches

Tip #3 showing stitches worked into selvedge correctly and incorrectly
Working the base row stitches around the post or chain creates a hole.

It’s tempting to put your hook into the nice chain space or post stitch along the vertical edges. Resist the temptation! Instead, put the hook into the “meat” of the stitch: the actual chain stitch or post of the stitch.

Tip #4 Increase at Corners

3 single crochets in each corner allows the edge to lie flat.

If you are working all the way around around a square or rectangle, you’ll need to increase at the corners to ensure the edging stays flat. Put 3 single crochet stitches into each corner stitch. On later rounds, you’ll need to increase in pattern to allow the border to lie flat.

Tip #5 Assess Your Work

Tip #5 showing too many stitches on a base row
On this swatch, there are slightly too many stitches for the base row, causing the edge to flare out slightly. This subtle excess will cause the edging to ripple and flare more as you work additional rows.

Stop from time to time and look critically at what you’ve done so far. Is it lying flat? Does it curve in or out, even a little bit? Does it ripple or draw in?

Tip #5 showing edges drawing inward.
Although it may not be noticeable at first, this row is drawing the fabric inward. See how the side edges curve in toward the top? They didn’t do that before the purple row was added.

If it’s not entirely flat, rip it out and adjust your stitches until it does lie absolutely flat. Taking the time to set up your first row or round perfectly will the the main ingredient in the success of your crocheted border.

More Tips for Beautiful Crochet Borders

Crocheted edgings are one of my favorite topics! I’ve developed lots of ideas on how to enhance your projects with edgings both plan and fancy.

Together, Around the Corner Crochet Borders and Every Which Way Crochet Borders offer more than 289 border patterns designed to flow around 90-degree corners. You can work them back-and-forth, as well. You are sure to find a border that is just right for your next project.

For more crochet tips, go to Crochet: Basics & Beyond.

Every Which Way Crochet Borders: The Blog Tour

February is short, but it’s full of great things: Super Bowl Sunday, my husband’s birthday, my daughter’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, National Carrot Cake Day**, AND the blog tour for Every Which Way Crochet Borders!

Starting tomorrow, we’ve got a great line-up of bloggers here, including some from across the Atlantic! I was super-excited to discover a couple of new-to-me blogs, Rest assured that their readership has gone up by at least one this month.

Here’s a list of folks you’ll be hearing from in the next couple of weeks:

February 7: Cre8tion Crochet

February 8: Crochetville

February 9: Crochet Spot

February 10: Crafts from the Cwtch

February 11: Crochet Concupiscence

February 12: Fiber Flux

February 13: Moogly

February 14: The Stitchin’ Mommy

February 15: ELK Studio Handcrafted Crochet Designs

February 16: Felted Button

February 17: The Messy Brunette, My Hobby is Crochet

February 18: Not Your Average Crochet

February 19: The Twisted Yarn

February 20: Petals to Picots

February 21: Beatrice Ryan Designs

February 22: Underground Crafter

February 23: Crochet Guild of America (CGOA)

February 24; Jessie At Home

I’ll be sharing on social media each day, and I hope you’ll follow along and perhaps learn about some new-to-you blogs at the same time! You can follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

**February is apparently also the time we celebrate National Boy Scouts’ Day (February 8), National Clean Out Your Computer Day (February 13), and Susan B. Anthony Day (February 15).