How to Crochet a Border

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How to Crochet a Border

Crocheting is a time-honoured pastime amongst many crafters and is a fun, easy way to make a beautiful afghan or garment. The border of a crocheting project can be just as important as the project itself. The 'raw' edging created from crocheting appears wavy, while a border gives it a smoother, cleaner look. When considering a crocheting project, it is important first to choose a hook size, yarn type, and pattern.

 

Crochet Hook Size

There are many different sizes and styles of hooks available for crocheting. Crochet hooks are available both individually and in packs of multiples sizes. Hooks sizes range from 2 millimetres for lace and doilies to as large as 25 millimetres for making items such as ponchos. The size of hooks can vary slightly depending on the material used to make them (metal vs. wood) and the manufacturer. The larger the hook, the heavier the weight of yarn used and the larger the gaps between each stitch.

 

Choosing the Right Yarn

Yarn is available according to its weight or thickness. The weight of the yarn and the hook size both affect the final look of the project. Each weight corresponds best with a certain type of project. Consider a comparison of the yarn categories:

 

Category

Weight

Ply Size

Used to Make

1 Super Fine

Fingering weight

3, 4, and 5 ply

Socks, babywear, and other delicate items

2 Fine

Sports weight

8 ply

Babywear, lighter sweaters, and small throws

3 Fine

DK weight

Double knit

Lightweight adult garments

4 Medium

Worsted

10 ply

Full size throws and adult garments

5 Bulk

Chunky

13 ply

Scarves and hats

6 Super Bulky

Roving

14 ply

Ponchos and large sweaters

 

It is important to pick out the right weight yarn for the project at hand and to make sure to stick with that size throughout. Most skeins of yarn come with the weights marked on their wrappings. Paying attention to this detail can save crafters headaches later on since switching yarn weights or hooks can change the look of the project. The most commonly used weight is 10-ply worsted since it is not too thick or thin and is very versatile.

 

Choosing a Pattern

Choosing the perfect crocheting pattern can be the most daunting part of the process. Whether a beginner or an expert, a crafter needs to make sure the project is challenging but still fun. Adding a border can bring a touch of colour or flair to the piece. There are many pattern books available that can help a crafter decide on and execute the perfect border for a project.

Adding a Border

The first step when adding a border is to find the proper starting place on the item. If the item features stitching in rows, then the last line stitched is the starting point. However, if the item is granny squared, then any corner is fine. Adding a final increase row at the end of the project can ensure that there are an even numbers of stitches to work with. From the proper corner, the border yarn needs to attach by either the crafter's preferred method or the slipknot method.

A popular edging is the shell edging, which adds a delicate look to any project. This edging requires a single row of stitches with a row of stitching that alternates as follows: skip stitch, one single stitch, skip, five-group double stitch, skip one, and one single stitch across the row. Crocheters typically complete this type of edging one row at a time and tie it off.

 

How to Buy Crochet Supplies on eBay

Obtaining the needed supplies for crocheting is easy on eBay. Seller offer specialty yarns, all sizes and styles of hooks, and crochet pattern books that allow even the most novice of crafters to jump feet first into crocheting. A basic search for 'crocheting' is a great way to get started. Narrowing the search down to hooks, yarns, or even finished projects can speed things up a bit. Asking questions, reviewing pictures, and comparing prices all lead to a successful buying experience on eBay. 

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