Around the corner crochet, blanket, border, crochet, crochet border, crochet edge, edging, Edie Eckman, free pattern
If you follow me on Facebook, you would have seen that 31 December 2011 was a HUGE day for me: I finished crocheting the (what felt like millions of) rows of the Identity Crisis blanket!!!! No more shells. No more rows. No more colour changes. Done – blanky reached double bed proportions.
This meant that on the first day of 2012 I was weaving in ends. Loads of ends. Luckily Hubby lent a hand in his own, ever so practical, way:
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we really could leave loose ends nicely tied into bows? Unfortunately no 😦
2 January 2012 was all about edging along Edie Eckman’s book Around The Corner Crochet (get it, edging along, crocheting an edge :-)). Tou can find a link to the book on the right of this page. I chose border #112. It’s a nice and simple pattern that wouldn’t draw attention away from the rows and grannies, but still finishes off the blanket nicely. A border is so important for blankets I think. Strangely enough, Lionbrand doesn’t say you should add a border to the Spicy Delights Afghan pattern. I can’t imagine leaving the blanket edge like this: Can you?
First thing I had to do was create a base row of sc all round. Edie suggests three sc for every two dc on your vertical edges. Horizontal rows are easy, you just do a sc in each stitch of the row. For the corners, use three sc and put a stitch marker in the second/middle sc of the group of three.
The second row of my edging, which is in fact the first row of the pattern, I initially had in maroon, but had to undo it all because the maroon was just too dark to stand out between the navy rows. See what I mean?
This is the white row that replaced the maroon.
Then, the last row of the pattern is dc’s in the sc of your previous row, and three dc’s in each space between.
This is the result. Border #112 done and dusted. However….. I felt it needed something extra. Just something to finish off properly.
So this is what I did. A simple sc row of maroon. It just pulls everything together and I get to use the maroon that I had to undo earlier. Result!
That’s it. With the border on, I was done!!!!
If you want to see the finished product you can have a look at the Facebook page. It’s not the best photo (it’s a bit yellow due to the electric bedroom light) but I was so excited I just had to take a picture. This weekend I will make blanky pose for its photoshoot in lovely natural light and take loads of pictures of all angles. I will also recap the pattern and yarn that I used.
I never thought I’d see the day when I can blog about woven ends and border for this bad boy. I’m so happy it’s done, proud of myself for seeing it through, and I love to see the blanket being used.
I definitely want to make another blanket – smaller!!!! – because I like the idea of crochet blankets to keep friends and family warm and cozy. There are such a lot of patterns and yarn to choose from…..
What am I saying?! Another blanket?! This one isn’t even 24 hours old! I think I just got a shot of the hormone that mothers release straight after childbirth. You know, the one that makes you forget all the pain and agony of childbirth so that you only focus on your beautiful baby? I think it applies to huge crochet projects as well.
I must be….
on the edge of crochet madness.
Loma Groenewald said:
Hallo Natasja! Jou kombers het regtig pragtig uitgekom, jy kies baie mooi kleure! Ek wil net weet of jy dink dis die moeite werd om die boek “Around the border crochet” wat jy gebruik het,te koop?
As jy baie komberse gaan maak, sal ek definitief die boek aanraai. Maar dis eintlik al waarvoor mens randjies gebruik so as jy nie baie komberse maak nie, kan jy eerder gratis randjie patrone op Ravelry of myPipcot kry.
Oh definitely Loma, if you crochet a lot of blankets I would buy Around the Cornsers Crochet. If you don’t do a lot of blankets, it’s kind of pointless and you can find free edging/border patterns on Ravelry or myPicot.
zELNA wASSENAAR said:
Natasja jou kombers is pragtig!! Ek en n vriendin hekel ook so saam en het nou al n paar komberse saam gedoen. Dit is baie lekker en dit is altyd vir my die beste ontspanning. Het jy n patroon gehad vir jou kombers of het jy dit uit jou kop gedoen? Hekel groete Zelna
Hi Zelna. Dankie vir die pragtige kommentaar. Inderdaad, hekel is super ontspannend! Ek het ‘n patroon gehad wat ek bietjie aangepas het. In hierdie post is daar ‘n skakel na ‘n vorige post oor die kombers, en daarbinne is ‘n skakel na Lionbrand se website vir die Spicey Delights Afghan. Volg net die links, dan sal jy daarby uitkom.
Hi Zelna. Thanks for your lovely comment. I agree that crocheting, especially with a friend, really is very relaxing. If you follow the link within this blogpost to the previous Identity Crisis blogpost, there is a link to Lionbrand yarn’s Spicey Delights Afghan pattern. That’s the pattern I used as inspiration. I added the grannies myself.
I love this so much! I love the size, the pattern, and the colors, and it’s so nice and cozy looking! What kind of yarn did you use for it? I’ve been looking for a suitable yet inexpensive yarn for blankets and it’s very difficult for me to find one that I like. My favorite so far is Berroco Vintage Chunky but it’s about $8 a hank, so for a twin blanket I’ve used 21 of them before, and that adds up.
Thank you for your lovely comments! The yarn I used is an acrylic (shock, horror!) called Stylecraft Life DK. It’s a cheap yarn available here in the UK. I do love natural fibres, but realised I would need a second mortgage if I used natural fibre yarn, so it had to be acrylic. HOwever this acrylic is so super soft and it doesn’t look plasticy, so I went for it. If you can get it in the US at a cheap price, I would definitely recommend it.
Thanks, I’ll definitely search around and see if I can find it over here. 🙂
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