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Afghan and Blanket Edgings
by Janet Rehfeldt

Knitted Threads Designs - Tips and Techniques

These are a couple of crocheted edgings that work really well for finishing off an afghan or blanket once you have finished crocheting, knitting or sewing it.  They are simple to do and work up very quickly.  You can work them in whatever yarn or thread you used for the afghan or blanket or you can use coordinating yarns or threads.  Use the appropriate crochet hook size for the yarn or thread you are using.  A standard rule of thumb for hook sizes are as follows:

Note:  These are just a standard, so experiment and use what ever hook size you are comfortable with for whatever yarn or thread you are  using.

  • Fine cotton and equivalent yarns:   6 US [1.8] and 7 US [1.65]  steel hook
  • Light weight cottons and equivalent yarns:  B  [2.5mm] , C  [3mm] and D [3.25mm] aluminum hooks
  • Sport or medium weight cottons and equivalent yarns:  E [3.5mm],  F [4mm]  aluminum hooks
  • Worsted weights:  G [4.75mm], H [5.5mm] and  I [5.5] aluminum hooks
  • Heavy weights:  J [6mm] and K [7mm]
For blankets, purchase a piece of flannel or fleece material.  Cut the fabric to the size you want for an adult or baby blanket, then serge around the entire edge, rounding your corners.  If you use cotton fleece or flannel, work with cotton threads or yarns for your edgings.  Work foundation sc around the fabric over the serged stitching, omitting the multiple corner stitches throughout.  Try using size 10 bedspread weight cotton or a 10/2 cotton with a size 6 US [1.8] or 7 US [1.65] steel hook.  For fingering weight cotton try a size  B US [2.5mm] or C US [3mm] aluminum hook and for sport weight cotton, try and E or F aluminum hook.

SHELLS:
Foundation:   Work sc evenly around afghan edge, working 3 sc into each corner to form your corner turn and working sc evenly along the side edges, along the top an bottom of your afghan.  Join with slip stitch into beginning sc.  Do Not Turn Your Work.

Round 1:   Slip stitch to the center sc of the first corner.  Work first corner shell [ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in same stitch.
*Skip 2 sc, work 3 dc in the next sc. [shell made] *  Repeat form  * to * to the next corner,  work corner shell [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in the center sc of the corner.  Continue working shell stitches along the side edges and work corner shells in the center sc of each corner.  Join with slip stitch to 3rd ch of beginning ch 3.

NOTE:  You may have to adjust the number of skipped sc stitches between a few of your shells, so that you can always make your corner shell in the center sc of your 3 sc corner stitch.

You can continue to do additional rounds of shells, working your shell stitch into the center dc of each shell from the previous round and working your corner shells into the ch 2 space of each corner shell.


RUFFLED LATTICE CHAIN :
Foundation:   Work sc around afghan edge, working 3 sc into each corner to form your corner stitch, working 1 sc along the side edges and 1 sc in each sc along the top and bottom.  Join with slip stitch to beginning sc.

Round 1:   Ch 1, sc in same space.  Ch 4, skip 1 sc, * sc in next sc, ch 4, skip next sc *  Repeat from * to * around, join with slip stitch to beginning sc.

Round 2:   Ch 1, sc in the same space.  Ch 4, sc in next ch 4 space from previous round, * ch 4, sc in next ch 4 space*.  Repeat from * to * around, join with slip stitch to beginning sc.

Repeat round 2 for as wide as you want your ruffle.

Abbreviations: sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
ch - chain

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