When it comes to finding the best crochet blanket border I don’t think you could get much better than popping on a cute strawberry stitch crochet pattern. This really fun crochet stitch is shown here worked in rounds but looks great in rows too!
Lots of people (myself included) often dread putting a border on a crochet blanket so I do my best to make them both fun and easy. This crochet strawberry stitch is a great statement and would also make an awesome crochet baby blanket border I think.
Strawberry stitch crochet pattern
US crochet terms.
The strawberry stitch border is shown here worked around the entire blanket in rounds with the RS facing you. You can use this pattern concept to join it as a crochet border to any blanket you like that has a stitch and row multiple of 3.
Using 3 colors of your choice. (I used the shades detailed below).
Round 1: join Yarn A to first st of last row. Working along each st, ch1 (not counted as a st), *hdc, ch1, skip 1 st, hdc*; rep from * to * to corner, ch1 (for first corner), rep from * to * along first long edge putting a stitch in the end of each row, ch1 (for next corner), rep from * to * along sts of second short edge, ch1 (for next corner), rep from * to * along second long edge, ch1 (for final corner), ss to 1st st to join.
Round 2: ch1, starting in same st, *[hdc, ch1, skip 1 st, hdc;] to next corner, [hdc, ch1, hdc] in corner ch1-sp; rep around and after last corner, ss in 1st st to join.
Round 3: join Yarn K to any corner ch1-sp, ch1, *[hdc, ch1, hdc] in corner ch1-sp, ch2, skip 2 sts, [3dc-Cl in next ch1-sp, ch2, skip 2 sts] to next corner; rep from * around, ss in 1st st to join.
Round 4: Join Yarn C to any corner ch1-sp, ch1, *[hdc, ch1, hdc] in corner ch1-sp, ch2, skip 2 sts, [ss in 3dc-Cl, ch2, skip 2 sts] to next corner; rep from * around, ss in 1st st to join.
Round 5: Join Yarn A to any corner ch1-sp, ch1, [hdc, ch1, hdc] in same corner ch1-sp, hdc in next st, *2hdc in ch2-sp of round 3 (working over previous rounds chains), ch1, skip next st; rep from * to st before corner, hdc, [hdc, ch1, hdc] in corner ch1-sp; rep from * around, omitting last corner, ss in 1st st to join.
Round 6: Ss into corner ch1-sp, ch1, [hdc, ch1, hdc] in same ch1-sp, *hdc in next 3 sts, [hdc, ch1, skip 1 st, hdc] to 3 sts before corner, hdc in 3 sts, [hdc, ch1, hdc] in corner ch1-sp; rep from * around, omitting last corner, ss in 1st st to join.
See a video tutorial of this strawberry stitch crochet border used in the Strawberries and Cream blanket by clicking on the image below:
How to crochet a border around a blanket
As a general rule of thumb I would always recommend doing 2 important things before adding a crochet border to your blanket.
- lightly block the blanket
- weave in your ends
Now there are times when weaving in your ends isn’t a good idea, perhaps if you’re not sure about the dimensions of your blanket for example and might want to add/take away rows. On the whole though, I find it much easier to crochet into the stitches and sides of an uneven crochet blanket if there aren’t ends getting in the way.
Blocking your blanket before adding the border will also help you to see how the drape of the fabric will lay and although it might mean the border feels a little tight to start with it will ultimately give you a much neater and even border around your blanket.
How do you make a strawberry stitch?
The actual stitches we use in this blanket border to create the strawberry stitch is called a crochet cluster stitch. It’s just a set of stitches worked into the same stitch or space that are all joined together at the top.
It gives a lovely texture by bunching all the stitches together in one place and creates a cute little strawberry stitch. You could switch the color out of course to make them represent any fruit you like!
Strawberries and Cream sampler crochet blanket pattern
This border is used in my Strawberries and Cream multi stitch crochet blanket free pattern.
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Yarn used for sample
I used Paintbox Simply Double Knit 100% Acrylic, 276m, 302yds/100g which works perfectly and comes in such beautiful colors.
The colours you see used in the blanket are:
A (Champagne White)
B (Pear Green)
C (Pine Green)
D (Pistachio Green)
E (Misty Grey)
F (Vanilla Cream)
H (Mustard Yellow)
I (Vintage Pink)
J (Blush Pink)
K (Rose Red)
L (Red Wine)
Along with your yarn, you will need the following:
- 4.5mm (US G+) crochet hook- my favourites are Furls Streamline Swirl crochet hooks or Clover Amour crochet hooks.
- Tapestry Needle
- Stitch markers
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Glossary and Abbreviations
ch(s) – chain(s)
ss – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
RS – right side
rep – repeat
3dc-cl – 3 double cluster stitch
[Yarn over, insert hook into st, yarn over and pull through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops] 3 times into same st or space, yarn over, pull through all loops on hook.
|UK Crochet Terminology||US Crochet Terminology|
|dc – double crochet||sc – single crochet|
|htr – half treble||hdc – half double crochet|
|tr – treble crochet||dc – double crochet|
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