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An Even Dozen Edgings

These are just borders I've used over time. I'm sure they are somewhere as I can't possibly be the first one to think of combining these stitches. But the photos and comments are mine.

1) (sc, ch 3, sk 1)

2) (sc, ch 1, sk 1)

3) (sc, ch 2, sc) in same stitch, then sk 1 - I call this a picot border, though it is not a "true" picot in that the sc is not worked in the chains, but in the stitch below.

4) (sc, ch 2, sc) in same stitch, then, sk 2 - This is a variation of the picot above with the stitches not quite so close together.

5) (sc, ch 2, dc) in same st, sk 2 - This is an almost-shell. It leaves a little "breathing space" between the stitches.

6) (sc, ch 3, sk 2) - This is a nice loop stitch. Both this one and the one below can be used alone or with an additional round where stitches are worked in the loop.

7) (sc, ch 3, sk 3) - A flatter version of the loop above.

8) shells - You can use any number of combinations of shell patterns. This particular one uses (sc, sk 1, 3 dc, sk 1). You could use a skip 2. You could use 5 dc and skip 2. You could use 2 dc instead of 3 or 5. You are limited only by your imagination. :-)

9) (dc, ch 1, sk 1) - This would be a great border to use if you wanted to add ribbon to your project.

10) (sc, dc) in same stitch, then sk 1 - This border gives you a fuller look, but with a straighter edge than some of the others. If you need a piece that is very warm, you can use this combination in the main part of your work as well.

11) 3 dc in each stitch - This is a ruffle border. You can make the ruffle larger or smaller by adjusting the number (and height) of the stitches. In other words, you could put 4 stitches in each stitch, or you could use hdc or triple crochet stitches. The sample uses 3 dc. You can also make it wider by doing more than one round.

12) change color every stitch - This is tricky, but can make a really impressive border - at least to anyone who knows how you did it! I demonstrated how to do this one in my pattern Blue and Gold V Stitch Afghan. I will reproduce it here, plus an extra pic using the same piece I've used for the rest of these photos.

Instructions: It doesn't matter which color you start with. Join in any corner stitch, ch 1, sc in same stitch but finish stitch with new color. Working over old color, insert hk into next stitch, yo and pull through, yo with new color and pull through (finishing the stitch with new color)

If you have a blue loop on hook that means the next st will be blue. If you have a gold loop on hook, the next stitch will be gold. Always work over old color.

Insert hook in next stitch, working over the gold, yo with blue, and pull blue through for two blue loops on hook.

Drop blue, pick up gold, and pull through to finish the stitch.

Insert hook in next stitch. Working over the blue, yo and pull gold through for two gold loops on hook.

Drop gold and pick up blue, pull through to finish the stitch with blue.

Continue on, changing colors every stitch.

Rules of thumb:
If you have one blue loop on hook, then you will insert hk in st, yo with blue, and work over gold.
If you have one gold loop on hook, then you will insert hk in st, yo with gold and work over blue.
If you have two blue loops on your hook then you will yo with gold and pull through.
If you have two gold loops on hook then you will yo with blue and pull through.

You will continue in this manner around afghan, changing color every stitch and working over unused color. Work 3 stitches in each corner.
You should soon see if you've picked up the wrong color to work the stitch as there will be two of the same color side by side. Take note of both the loops and the body of the stitches.

I also suggest putting your skein in a plastic bag or container as the yarns tend to get tangled when switching colors so often.

Happy crocheting!


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