Crochet Borders – 15 You Need To Try & A Tutorial For Beginners

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Crochet borders are perfect for finishing anything – dishcloths, blankets, cushions, you name it. Read on for the best to try.

Double Crochet Border

I reviewed and updated this post on July 21, 2022.

Best Easy Crochet Borders

Here’s a list of the best easy crochet border free crochet patterns. They’re excellent for crochet blankets!

Single Crochet Border

This border is the most basic, but it’s lovely.

Stitch Pattern

  • Repeat single crochet stitches as many times as necessary

Shell Crochet Border 

The shell stitch border is one of my favorites. I love the pretty waves.

Crab Stitch Border

I used crab stitch on the edge of my crocheted beret. Crab stitch’s other name is reverse single crochet.

Camel Stitch Border

It makes a lovely, uniform border with neat rows of stitches.

Slip Stitch Border

This is a simple border, and it looks wonderful.

Lacy Crochet Border

There are many lace crochet borders, but I’ve picked an easy one from Blossom Crochet for you to try.

Rebekah uses UK stitch terminology but also gives the US terms.

Triangle Border

This is a fantastic picot border.

Picot Crochet Border

This pattern is a gorgeous triple picot border.

Puff Stitch Border

It’s one of the cutest crochet stitches and this edging pattern adds vibrancy to your crochet patterns.

Scalloped Crochet Border

A scalloped border is a variation of shell stitch. (AKA double-shell stitch!)

Ribbed Double Crochet Border

The ribbed crochet border is beautiful. Great as a border for anything.

Reverse Shell Stitch Border

This is working the regular shell stitch but backward.

Chain Border

There are many borders with chains, but here’s one called the chain loop border. It looks beautiful, and you use different colors for each loop.

Moss Stitch Border

This crochet border crochet looks like moss on a forest tree trunk.

Herringbone Crochet Border

This crochet border crochet looks like it’s made of mini dots looped on a chain. Neat and uniform.

Want something else? Here’s a tutorial for vintage fan crochet edging.

Tips On Crochet Borders For Beginners

Yarns For Crochet Borders

Use any yarn for borders!

Keeping Your Crochet Border Even

A border is hard to keep even.

Here’s how to crochet evenly around your blanket.

Make a base round of single crochet in the blanket’s primary color. The crochet border looks nicer this way.

Make three sc in each corner!

Evaluate your progress. Too far apart stitches pucker, while too close together stitches ripple.

Crochet through the stitch, not around the raw edge of your blanket.

Keep your single crochet base edge even with the last stitch of the row.

If the last stitch of the row ends with:

  • Single crochet – 1 single crochet through it
  • Half Double Crochet – 3 single crochets over three rows
  • Double crochet – 2 single crochets

It doesn’t always work, but it’s an excellent place to start.

More Tips

  • Use a stitch marker to track your rows
  • Keep yarn tails short so they don’t get caught in your stitches
  • Work into the same side of the chain at the beginning of the row


How To Crochet Borders Around A Corner

Add more stitches in the corners.

Your pattern tells you what stitches do in the corners. 

Why Should I Add a Border to a Crochet Blanket?

Adding a border to your work hides mistakes on the edges and makes your project prettier! 

How To Apply Crochet Borders To Fabric

Janie Crow teaches you how to add crochet borders to the fabric.

She shows you a sewed chain stitch technique and blanket stitch as a foundation for your crochet.

How To Crochet Neat Borders

To crochet a good edge, keep your tension even! If something goes wrong, check out this video to learn how to fix it.

How Do You Crochet An Easy Border?

Here’s a video of 4 easy borders from Mode Bespoke.

Why Should I Add A Border To A Crochet Blanket?

Borders are a great way to add detail to your blankets. They’re also good at hiding mistakes on the edges.

What Kind Of Border Should I Use?

A lacy border looks great around a solid piece of fabric. Looking for something simple? Use moss stitch or a sc border. 

How To Crochet Borders On Afghans

Starting with a round of sc makes the edging tidier.

What Is Crochet Edging?

A crocheted edge! It’s done two ways.

  • Crocheted to add to other projects
  • Crocheted onto another piece of crochet

I hope you’ve enjoyed this round-up of beautiful crochet borders.

Let me know if you have other edges for beginners.

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About The Author

Jodie Morgan From Crochet Penguin

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Author: Jodie Morgan is a passionate crocheter and blogger with 17+ years of experience currently living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Taught by her mother, she fell in love with crocheting after her first child was born. When she’s not crocheting, you’ll find her enjoying a cup of coffee with cream, or sharing helpful resources and tips with the online crochet community. Please say hello, or see what she's making on socials.

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