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TUTORIALS

Avoiding A Frilly Crochet Border

In order to create a crochet border around a project that has joined squares, you need to do some tweaking. Frilly borders tend to occur when you create a new stitch in the join. It is important to understand that a join is NOT a stitch. A join is exactly that, a join. If you create a stitch in that area, it stands to reason that you have therefore increased , i.e created more stitches than you originally had in your project.

In order to avoid creating the extra stitches, you need to create a decrease stitch at each join point. In order to achieve this a treble cluster can be used. Treble clusters are stitches that have partially completed stitches, crocheted together to form one stitch. Normally they are stitched into the same space. However, in order to use a treble cluster as a decrease stitch, you have to insert the hook into a different area for each portion of the cluster, thereby creating a decrease stitch.

Technique For Avoiding The Frilly Crochet Border

This technique applies to any crochet project where squares have been joined together IRRESPECTIVE of how they were joined.

It is ideal to use the same colour yarn as the colour used in the LAST row of the crochet blocks as it makes the cluster stitch look less conspicuous.

Starting in any corner, crochet as you normally would until you get to ONE stitch BEFORE the join, then:

  • Yarn over
  • Insert hook into next space(the space THIS SIDE of the join), pull up a loop
  • Yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops left)
  • Yarn over
  • Insert hook into NEXT space (this space would be on the join), pull up a loop
  • Yarn over, pull through 2 loops (3 loops left)
  • Yarn over
  • Insert hook into NEXT space (this is the stitch on the OTHERSIDE of the join), pull up a loop
  • Yarn over, pull through 2 loops (4 loops left)
  • Yarn over and pull through all 4 loops

Continue all the way around your project, completing the cluster as described above, wherever 2 blocks are joined. Creating this stitch wherever there is a join in the project, not only keeps the amount of stitches even but it also covers the crochet join neatly.

The following row, ideally in the same colour, is crocheted as normal.