A Simple Two-Round Crochet Edging
Generally, I’m going to follow the Project Linus ‘Skip-Stitch Blade Instructions’ for a crochet edging but, since I rounded off the corners on my piece of fleece, I’ll make a couple of small changes.
Finding the ‘Right Side’
Before we pick up our crochet hooks, I want to draw attention to the first phrase in the Foundation Pattern, “With right side of fleece facing you”. I don’t know what it’s like for you, but I can’t always tell just by looking, which is the fleece’s ‘right side’.
Oh, no. This particular piece of fleece makes a very poor example as it’s quite easy to tell its front and back apart, but we can pretend, can’t we?
The wording that’s printed along the selvedge is a real giveaway. It might as well spell out, “This is the front!” lol.
But I must remember, I’m going to be trimming away that wording along with the rest of the selvedge, so I’d better mark the front side in some other way. A vintage diaper pin will do the job.
If the front and back of a fleece look identical and there’s no wording on the selvedge, we can still figure out which side is which.
Fleece fabric is a knit, so it stretches more in one direction than the other. The less stretchy direction is parallel to the selvedge. Here I’m holding it relaxed.
When I stretch along that edge, the one where I cut away the selvedge, the fleece curls just a little toward its front or right side.
In the other direction, going from selvedge to selvedge, which is called the cross-grain,
the fleece is stretchier and curls to the back or wrong side.
Why bother learning about this, if it’s so hard to tell front from back? Because I have a suspicion that the front and back will look quite different from each other once the blanket has been ‘lived with’ and washed several times. But I admit I’m just guessing as we’ve never had a fleece throw. Can any of you speak from experience?
The Linus directions continue, telling us to begin by working a single crochet in any hole but a corner one, and then chain 1, so, staying away from the curved corner, that’s exactly what I did.
Work a * single crochet in the next hole, and then chain 1. Repeat from *. The edge of the fleece easily rolls toward the back as I crochet.
This is how it looks from the back.
If you have any difficulty getting the fleece edge to roll nicely, double-check that your holes are about 3/4″ in from the edge. If the holes aren’t in far enough there won’t be enough fabric to roll and if they’re too far in the extra fabric will bunch up.
Continue by repeating “sc in the next hole, chain 1”. This foundation round is so Quick and Easy; you’ll soon find yourself
nearing the first rounded corner.
To create some ease as I go around the curve I elongate each chain stitch by tugging upward a little as I complete it. This tug is so small someone watching me crochet probably wouldn’t even notice,
but it’s enough to make a difference and the corner lays flat; it doesn’t cup at all. Yay!
Figuring out how much to tug will take some trial and error. If your corner doesn’t cooperate, it’s easy enough to pull out the stitches and try again.
Fleece is durable and can stand up to multiple re-dos.
Steps 1 through 3 of the Project Linus ‘Suggested Finishing Pattern’ are self-explanatory. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you are nearing the first rounded corner.
As in the foundation round, we have to create some ease as we go around the curve or the blanket will cup. I tried working a few groups of 4 dcs among the pattern’s usual groups of 3, but that didn’t work, so then I tried elongating the first and third dc stitches in each group of 3, much the same as I elongated the chain stitches between the scs in the foundation round.
I work the dc stitch as usual but when I’m done I elongate the loop that’s on my hook before I move on to the next stitch. This is how snugly the loop normally sits on my hook.
And this is how much I elongate it.
Doing this usually gives me just enough ease. Yay!
But sometimes, depending on the thickness and stiffness of the yarn, I need to elongate every dc. In that case, – you already know what comes next, lol. – I just rip back to before the curve and try again.
Once I get that first corner to lay smoothly, it’s easy to work the other three in the same way.
I hope these photo tutorials are helpful as you add crochet edgings to fleece blankets for your friends, your family and, hopefully, a charity program.