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3 Super Easy Crochet Borders: The Scalloped Border

scalloped border

Everyone plays favorites, including me: I’ve been sharing the 3 super easy borders that are mine. I find myself using these borders all the time. These are borders that I don’t have to think about when I crochet them — that’s why they are my favorites. Who wants to spend time calculating how many stitches they need and whether the border is going to fit and turn out just right? This Scalloped Border works all the time on my granny stripe or granny square crocheted items.  Continue reading 3 Super Easy Crochet Borders: The Scalloped Border

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3 Super Easy Crochet Borders: The Rolled Edge or Fold Over Border

rolled edge border

Last week we talked about the reverse single crochet border. Our second super easy crochet border is the rolled edge (or fold over) border. This is another super easy border for any crochet item. I just love how it turns out. I haven’t used this one much, but it works so great and gives the project a nice, finished look. It is a great border for all of those striped afghans that have tons of ends to weave in; you can skip the weaving in, cover the ends up, and provide a nice finished border all at the same time. It looks awesome. Perfect for a ripple afghan, as you only need to put the border on the side edges to cover all the ends.

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Noelle’s Blanket Pattern

Noelle's Blanket

Here, finally, is Noelle’s Blanket pattern. If you’re a regular reader, you know that I finished this in the Challenge last month. What you don’t know is that I also finally finished writing the pattern. You can now make your own Noelle’s Blanket. Which is great! It is so much fun to see this blanket coming together as you make it.

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Cathedral Window Granny Square Free Pattern

Cathedral Window Granny Square

A few weeks ago, a friend brought me an afghan to repair. It was her mother’s favorite and was crocheted sometime in the ’70s. I was fascinated with the pattern as I have never seen a granny square quite like it. I decided to write-up a pattern based on the squares as I repaired the unraveled spots. It’s called a Cathedral Window Granny Square, and I’d like to share that pattern with you today.

Cathedral Window Granny Square

(I think I need to show you how to repair afghans because things happen– like dogs– but that is another post, or maybe another YouTube video!)

Cathedral Window Granny Square

As you can see in the photo, this square is done in 4 colors.

  • Color 1–The first two rounds are a light main color
  • Color 2– The third and fourth rounds are a medium main color
  • Color 3– The fifth round is the darkest shade of the main color
  • Color 4– The sixth round (in the example above) is white.

The yarn in the example afghan is baby weight yarn and the hook used was smaller than a G-size.

Notes: 

  • The sample square is crocheted in DK Stylecraft Special
  • I used a G-size hook and my instructions are in US crochet terminology

Abbreviations:

  • hdc — half double crochet
  • sc — single crochet
  • tc — triple crochet
  • dc — double crochet
  • ch — chain

Notes:

This square was crocheted with Stylecraft Special DK  with a size G hook. The instructions are written in U.S. crochet terminology. I crocheted several different squares using various color yarns. The photos are color accurate. The square will look misshapen until the last round and may still need blocking to get it truly square.

Instructions

Start of Cathedral Window Granny SquareRound 1

Using color 1, ch 3 and join into a circle with a slip stitch.

Ch 2 and dc into center of circle, *ch 3 and dc twice into circle (corner loop group created).

Repeat from * two more times, until you have four double crochet groups, ch 3 and join to beginning ch 2 with a slip stitch (4 corner loop groups created).

 

Row 2

Ch 2, *hdc into loop group 2 times, (hdc into space created between 2 dc of previous round). Hdc twice into next corner space (5 hdc created). Ch 4 and continue from * three more times. Join to beginning ch 2 with slip stitch to complete the round.

There should be 5 hdc on each side. Fasten off yarn.

Round 3

Join color 2 at loop group on corner.

Ch 2 (counts as 1hdc), hdc into loop group and in each space between hdc across and 2 hdc in corner loop group (8 hdc created per side). *Ch 5, hdc twice into loop group from previous row. Hdc in between each hdc across the side and 2 in corner loop group ch 5. Continue from * two more times. Join to beginning ch 2 with slip stitch.

Middle of Cathedral Window Granny SquareRound 4

Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc). Hdc into loop group and in each space between hdc across and 2 hdc in corner loop group (10 hdc created per side). *Ch 2, hdc twice into loop group from previous row. Hdc in between each hdc across and 2 in corner, ch 5. Continue from * two more times. Join to beginning ch 2 with slip stitch.

Fasten off yarn.

 

 

Round 5

Join color 3 in corner loop group. Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc) crochet 1 hdc in corner loop group and in each space between each hdc across ending with 2 hdc in corner loop group (total of 14 hdc).

*Chain 5 and crochet 2 hdc in corner loop and in each space between hdc from previous round ending with 2 hdc in corner loop and ch 3. Continue from * 2 more times. Join to beginning ch 2 with slip stitch. Fasten off yarn.

Round 6

Join color 4 (white) to corner chain loop.

Ch 1, sc in corner loop group, sc in next 2 spaces between hdc from previous round, hdc in next 2 spaces. Dc in next 5 spaces. Hdc in next 2 spaces between hdc from previous round. Sc in next 2 spaces and 2 times in corner loop and then ch 5.

Completed Cathedral Window Granny Square* Sc twice in corner chain loop. Sc in next 2 spaces between hdc from previous round, hdc in next 2 spaces. Dc in next 5 spaces. Hdc in next 2 spaces between hdc from previous round. Sc in next 2 spaces and 2 times in corner loop and then ch 5. Repeat from * two more times.  Join to beginning ch 1 with slip stitch. Tie off.

 

Cathedral Window Granny Square is complete.

Pattern based on vintage crochet blanket from a friend.