Crochet Border For Baby Blanket

You know what’s the best part about crocheting a baby blanket? The border! Crochet borders can make your blanket look more like a hand-made gift and less like a generic store-bought throw. With so many options out there, it can be hard to know where to start. Thankfully, we’ve put together the definitive guide for crochet borders so that you can choose your favorite style and get started right away.

A crochet border is simply a round (or multiple rounds) of crochet stitches that are worked around the edges of a finished project. 

Crochet borders are often added to blankets and throws, but they can also be used on dishcloths, potholdersscarvesshawls, baby clothes, and more.

Crochet borders can be very simple and minimal, or delicate and intricate. You can use the same yarn so that your border matches your blanket, or use a contrasting color to make your border pop.  

Why add a crochet border?

There are many reasons you might want to add a crochet border to your project. Borders are not only decorative, but they also serve a few practical purposes.

First of all, they can help to neaten up the edges of your work and make them look more professional. They can also help hide any imperfections in your projects, such as uneven stitches or wonky edges.

In addition, borders can add structure and stability to crochet projects, especially if they are worked in a tighter stitch.

And finally, borders can help increase the size of your project – something that is especially helpful if you’re making a baby blanket or afghan that ended up a bit smaller than you hoped.

Supplies You’ll Need

You’ll need your basic crochet supplies to make crochet borders and edgings.

Yarn. In most cases, you’ll want to use the same type of yarn for the border as you used for the original project. Keep the same yarn weight and gauge, but feel free to use a different color!

If you choose to use a different yarn than your blanket’s yarn, you may need to adjust the hook size and take extra precautions to prevent waviness. Keep reading to find out how to do this!

The amount of yarn you’ll need will depend on your pattern and the size of your blanket. A good way to estimate how much yarn you’ll need is by crocheting a small portion of your border, and then calculating the total amount of yarn based on what you used for that portion.

Crochet hook. If you’re using the same yarn you used for the original project, you’ll likely use the same crochet hook. But of course, check the individual pattern for specific instructions.

Other notions. You may also want scissors, a measuring tape, and a tapestry needle for weaving in your ends.

Now that you know a bit more about borders, here are some of our favorite free crochet border patterns to use on your next project.

Crochet Borders and Edging Patterns

Here are some of our favorite free crochet border patterns to use on your next project.

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Crochet Crab Stitch Tutorial

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This crab stitch edging resembles a rope and makes a simple border for all types of crochet projects. It’s one of the easiest borders around, and a great choice for beginners. Click the link below for easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step pictures.

Yarn weight: Medium

Suggested yarn: Lion Brand 24/7 CottonCONTINUE READING

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Single Crochet Edge Trim

Perfect for beginners, here are step-by-step instructions for making a single crochet edge trim using one of the most basic stitches – single crochet. Use the same color as your project, or choose a bright hue for contrast.

Yarn weight: Super bulky

Suggested yarn: Jersey Be GoodCONTINUE READING

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Granny Blanket Edging

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Who doesn’t love crocheting a good granny square? Adding this granny square edging gives a look of completeness to your square – or any granny stitch project.

Yarn weight: Worsted

Suggested yarn: Red Heart Super Saver YarnCONTINUE READING

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Crochet Pom Pom Border

Photo Credit: daisyfarmcrafts.com

Infuse some life into your project with this fun pom pom border! These squishy clusters make for a fun addition to any blanket.

Yarn weight: Worsted

Suggested yarn: Caron Simply Soft YarnCONTINUE READING

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How to Crochet Blanket Stitch Edging

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Here’s a super quick crochet blanket edging that will add a unique touch. The “points” (or elongated stitches) add interest, and you can make them as long or short as you want.

Yarn weight: Worsted

Suggested yarn: Red Heart Super Saver YarnCONTINUE READING

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How To Add a Border To a C2C Afghan Block

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Here are step-by-step instructions for adding an easy border to your C2C (corner to corner) afghan blocks. Whether you want to give your afghan blocks a finished look before joining them, or you want to differentiate your blocks by creating a contrasting border, these instructions will show you exactly what to do.

Yarn weight: Medium

Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s ChoiceCONTINUE READING

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Berry Stitch Crochet Edging

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The berry stitch forms a unique, puffed border, similar to a bobble border. These “berries” end up looking like little pearls – how cute!

Yarn weight: DK

Suggested yarn: CotLinCONTINUE READING

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Simple Crochet Border

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Work a row of single crochets around your blanket before creating this puff stitch. Then, you can work either one or two rows of the puff stitch, depending on the look you want.

Yarn weight: Medium

Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Wool-EaseCONTINUE READING

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Cosy Blanket Edging

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This eye-catching border is worked in four rounds using different colors. Check out the post for suggested color tones to give your edging the perfect look.

Yarn weight: DK

Suggested yarn: Stylecraft Special DKCONTINUE READING

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Rib Crochet Border

Photo Credit: www.windingroadcrochet.com

Here’s another great border for your next crochet project. Start by working a single crochet border as a foundation row for this pattern. Then, you’ll use the front post double crochet and back post double crochet stitches to create the ribbed look.

Yarn weight: Worsted

Suggested yarn: Red Heart Super Saver YarnCONTINUE READING

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Arcade Waffle Crochet Blanket Pattern

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For this stunning waffle border, it’s very important to use the correct amount of stitches. Fortunately, there’s a guide, so you can adjust no matter what size blanket you made.

Yarn weight: Worsted

Suggested yarn: Red Heart Super Saver YarnCONTINUE READING

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Camel Stitch Blanket Border Tutorial

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Ooh, check out this lovely camel stitch border! The camel stitch is not difficult, but it adds a unique, lined look to your border. Try it out if you want to add a wide border to your next project.

Yarn weight: Medium

Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Wool-EaseCONTINUE READING

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Alpine Stitch Crochet Blanket Border

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Add some color with this creative, alpine stitch border. You’ll work simple stitches for this border including the chain, single crochet, double crochet, slip stitch, and front post double crochet.

Yarn weight: Medium

Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Wool-EaseCONTINUE READING

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Reverse Shells Crochet Border

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The reverse shell border is easier than it looks, and it’s ideal for finishing off a baby blanket. The shells are worked by using single crochets and double crochets, along with the slip stitch.

Yarn weight: Medium

Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Wool-EaseCONTINUE READING

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Herringbone Crochet Border

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If you haven’t tried the herringbone half-double crochet stitch, don’t worry! There’s a photo tutorial included in this free pattern to make it easy.

Yarn weight: Medium

Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Wool-EaseCONTINUE READING

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Crochet Simple Shell Border

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This simple shell border is easy peasy! Watch the video tutorial if you need any help.

Yarn weight: DK

Suggested yarn: CotLinCONTINUE READING

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Crochet Puff Stitch Border

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Here’s another puff stitch border that will add some squishy coziness to any pattern! Use it for a blanket, washcloth, or pretty much whatever pattern you like!

Yarn weight: DK

Suggested yarn: Stylecraft Special DKCONTINUE READING

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Easy Crochet Ruffle Edge

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This easy crochet ruffled edging will add some major frill and texture to your project. Add more rows until it’s as frilly as you like!

Yarn weight: Worsted

Suggested yarn: Red Heart Super Saver YarnCONTINUE READING

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Free Crochet Pattern…Pumpkin Patch Edging!

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Here’s a cute, fall edging for those cozy autumn throws! If you want a unique edging, you’ll want to check this one out.

Yarn weight: Worsted

Suggested yarn: Red Heart Super Saver YarnCONTINUE READING

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Checker Edging: Tutorial

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This border starts with a granny foundation and makes a charming, cozy edge. Add it to your blanket for the perfect finishing touch.

Yarn weight: Medium

Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Wool-EaseCONTINUE READING

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Cute Bobble Edging – Crochet Tutorial

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Here’s another bobble edging that will give your blanket a little extra plush! Use the same color as your blanket or add a contrasting tone.

Yarn weight: Worsted

Suggested yarn: Red Heart Super Saver YarnCONTINUE READING

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How to Crochet: Betty’s Beautiful Border {Photo Tutorial}

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Here’s a classic border with visual (and written) instructions every step of the way. If the base round becomes too wavy, you may need to go down a hook size.

Yarn weight: Worsted

Suggested yarn: Caron Simply Soft YarnCONTINUE READING

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Crochet Dot Border Stitch

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Check out these fun dots! These instructions come with a video tutorial to make it easy.

Yarn weight: Super bulky

Suggested yarn: Bernat Baby Blanket YarnCONTINUE READING

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Candy Cane Border in 3 Colors Tutorial and free Gnome C2C Dishcloth!

Photo Credit: nanascraftyhome.com

This border is great for any project that’s Christmas-themed. However, you can totally change up the colors and use the design for all seasons!

Yarn weight: Aran/Worsted

Suggested yarn: Paintbox Simply AranCONTINUE READING

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Bobble Shell Stitch Crochet Border Photo & Video Tutorial

Photo Credit: nanascraftyhome.com

Here’s a fun border for adding texture to your project. Enjoy this versatile pattern on blankets, washcloths, granny squares, and more!

Yarn weight: Aran/Worsted

Suggested yarn: Paintbox Cotton AranCONTINUE READING

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Linen Stitch Border | Sweet Lilac C2C Crochet Along Part 8

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Here’s a great tutorial for a linen stitch border, also called a moss stitch border. This border is simple, but adds a sort of tidy neatness to your blanket’s edge. Choose your favorite colors or add or subtract rows to make it fit your style perfectly.

Yarn weight: Worsted

Suggested yarn: Caron Simply Soft Yarn

Scalloped Picot Edge

You can create a scalloped picot border with this crochet pattern. It’s a pretty neat trick and will make your blanket look even better!

Here’s how it works:

  • You will be working in rows, rather than rounds. This means that you need to turn at the end of each row, so you only have to work on one side of your project at a time.
  • Create just one stitch for every two rows along the edge of your blanket (the same way you would if you were making stripes). For example, if your blanket measures 40 inches wide by 60 inches long and has 100 stitches across its width (100 x 2 = 200), then you will want to create 50 single crochet stitches along its length (200 – 100 = 100). This gives us an even number of stitches per row—a convenient way of keeping things balanced while we work on our border!

Ruffle Trim

The ruffle trim is made by crocheting the blanket and attaching it to the blanket with a crochet hook. You can make ruffles in any color you like, but we recommend staying away from bright colors when you’re making a baby blanket because they tend to fade over time. If you want to add more than one layer of ruffles, just make sure your stitches are loose enough so that they lay flat on top of each other without puckering. The best way to do this is by crocheting loosely and carrying your yarn up as you go along (this way, if you run out of yarn at any point during the process, it won’t be noticeable). You’ll also need to wash your completed project before adding any ruffles so that there’s no acrylic residue left behind!

You’ll want something soft like cotton for this project since babies are sensitive about what touches their skin; however if for some reason cotton isn’t available then acrylic would work too since it doesn’t irritate like wool does sometimes which makes sense considering how much time babies spend sleeping or playing with toys made from materials such as fleece blankets or stuffed animals…

Granny Squares

Granny squares are a classic crochet pattern and the perfect way to make a baby blanket. To create one, you’ll need about 30 grams of yarn per square (a ball typically weighs 50 grams), a 4mm crochet hook, and any color combination you like.

To start, chain 5 stitches into a ring:

  • Insert hook in second stitch from hook*

Repeat *to end* with remaining stitches in ring (you should have 4 loops on your hook). Pull through all four loops at once to complete the first single crochet stitch. Chain 3 more times to finish off round 1. Now you should have six single crochets surrounding your initial chain 2 space (which counts as two stitches if you’re counting).

Round 2: Continue working into same space as chain 3 made by previous round’s single crochet; *single crochet into next two stitches* twice around entire square; repeat from * onwards until there are only three unworked stitches left at corner of first row.*Single Crochet three times into corner space*. Repeat steps above until there are 12 rows total and then finish off by making one final row of Single Crochet in each stitch across entire square (including any spaces between groups of five). You can now join new squares together using these instructions: https://www.homeditcom/how-to-join-granny-squares/.

Shell Edging

Shell edging is a very simple border to add to any blanket. It’s made up of multiple shells, each shell being made up of 2 dc stitches. It can be made in any size you want and can be used as either a single or double crochet border if that suits your taste better.

To begin, chain 4 and slip stitch into the first chain to form a ring:

Ch 1 (counts as 1st sc here and throughout), 6 sc into ring:

Pull long end through last loop on hook; tighten knot at base of ch-1:

  • Ch 5 (counts as 1st dc, ch 2), sk next 2 sts; rep from * across blanket edge; join w/sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch-5:

Herringbone Stitch

This stitch is a combination of the half double and double crochet stitches. It can be worked in rounds or rows, depending on what you’re making. There are several variations of this stitch, but we’ll only cover the basic version here.

If you’d like to start working with this stitch, I recommend using a light-colored yarn so that it’s easier to see where your stitches are going. Practice by crocheting a swatch with different sized hooks until you have a feel for how many stitches are being worked per row or round. You’ll also want to make sure that your tension is even across all your rows/rounds—if some areas seem tighter than others, try switching up your hook size until everything fits together smoothly without gaps between stitches (or at least as few gaps as possible).

Double Rows of Puff Stitches

  • Make a puff stitch by making a chain of two, then wrapping the yarn over your hook and pulling through the loop.
  • To make these double rows, ch 6 (this is the start of each row), turn and make 5 more puff stitches in the same way.
  • Connecting them is easy: slip stitch into each hole along one side of the square that you just made, then connect it to another corner using a normal slip stitch. Repeat on other side to complete your border.

No matter what kind of border you want to add, you can learn how to do it by going online and finding instructions that are tailored to your skill level.

No matter what kind of border you want to add, you can learn how to do it by going online and finding instructions that are tailored to your skill level. You can find many different options for baby blanket borders.

Conclusion

No matter what kind of border you want to add, you can learn how to do it by going online and finding instructions that are tailored to your skill level.

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