Crochet Edges

Crochet edges add the finishing touches to your work. You can also make up crocheted edgings to stitch onto fabric items such as tablecloths.

You can use fancy edgings or if you just want to give a neat and firm edge to an item you can simply work a row of single crochet (UK double crochet) or a row of crab stitch which is simply single crochet worked backwards.

Edgings can also hide things you don't want to see, especially if you are working in more than one colour - loose ends and and yarn taken up the sides of your work are hidden by a well constructed edging.

Instructions for Some More Crochet Edges

More Edging Patterns

Click here for more crochet edging patterns

 Other ideas for finishing off are to use tassles, pom poms or fringes. these are especially useful for scarves and ponchos.

or if you are a whizz with a needle and thread or a sewing machine you could bind your edges with a contrasting or matching fabric.

Click here for a free pattern of a crocheted purse with a shell edge

Instructions for the net edging featured at the top of this page


ch = chain

dc = double crochet (US single crochet)

tr = treble crochet (US double crochet)

tch = turning chain

First work 2 foundation rows of double crochet (US single crochet)

if you want a ribbon insert follow instructions for the next 2 rows.  if you don't then just replace them with 2 rows of dc


1ch, turn

1dc * 2ch 1dc*   repeat from * to * to end of row


1ch, turn

1dc  *2dc into ch space, 1dc*

repeat from * to * to end.


1ch, turn

work dc into every st to end

Now start on the netting pattern


1ch, turn

1dc,  *3ch, miss 1dc, 1dc*


3ch, turn

1dc into ch space

*3ch, 1dc into ch space*

repeat from * to * to end of row, finishing with 1tr into dc of previous row


1ch, turn

1dc into tr of previous row


*1dc into ch space, 3ch*

repeat from * to * to end of row finishing with 1dc into top of tch


Some instructional videos.  You will also find videos on the various pages - links above




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