Crochet Pattern: Basic Shell EdgingBy Rachel Choi – 24 Comments
Crocheted edgings are very pretty, whether they are on blankets, skirts, bags, or anything you can thing of! The item you add a crocheted edging to doesn’t even have to be crocheted. In fact, here is a very simple edging pattern that you can sew onto the border of your items. Sometimes it’s difficult for beginners to crochet evenly around an item, so this method of creating an edging and sewing it on, can simplify the process.
Note: it may be tricky for beginners to keep track of all the stitches if your foundation chain is long. Be careful counting your stitches!
Finished Size: each shell is 3/4″ (2 cm) tall, but edging can be as long as you want it to be
Use the instructions at the beginning of the pattern to make the edging fit your item.
Materials: (the following are materials used to create the edging in photo, other yarn weights and hook sizes may be used as well to create variations of this border):
Medium Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook H (5.00 mm)
Gauge: not that important for this pattern. Use the directions in the pattern to obtain the proper size edging.
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Crochet Pattern: Basic Shell Edging
Start by making a foundation chain as long as you want your edging. Your edging should fit snugly around the item you are creating it for. Using a measuring tape to measure your item may help. The number of chains in your foundation must be a multiple of 6 (for example, the numbers 6, 12, 18, 24, 36, 42 … are multiples of 6).
Row 1: 5 dc in third ch from hook, skip 2 ch, sc in next ch, *skip 2 ch, 5 dc in next ch, skip 2 ch, sc in next ch, repeat from * across, finish off.
When you’re done your edging, sew it onto your item. Be careful not to stretch or bunch the edging as you sew it on.
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