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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Borders for Fleece

Singing at the Florida Mall

A subtle reminder - posted to Facebook by a clever friend from my choir



Falcon Heavy launch, 12/5/19 - photo by Susie



Below is an adapted version of the Borders Booklet I made for my Fleece Workshop. The finished results are warm, toasty, and lovely to look at. I hope some of you out there will take the plunge and try your hand at Working With Fleece.
 


BORDERS FOR FLEECE

 Terms:

ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
sp = space
join - sl st in stitch cited
weave in ends - using a smaller crochet hook or a yarn needles, weave yarn ends under stitches on the wrong side (3/4 - 1"). Cut off excess.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  In addition to the photos in this booklet, how-to videos of crochet stitches of every variety can be found online. Just google the one you want. 



EASY BORDERS:


1.  Overcast Stitch

Knot thread. Using yarn needle, pass thread through holes (made by rotary cutter). This will make a slightly slanted border around. If no rotary cutter is available, it is also possible, with some effort, to pass a pointed steel needle with yarn through most fleece. 

2.  Blanket Stitch 


Please note the three stitches into one hole at each corner.  



How to do Blanket Stitch:







Special note:  If you do not have access to a rotary cutter, any border can be built on top of a layer of blanket stitch. Blanket stitch around first. Then begin with the single crochet row, using an I hook (5.50mm). If you are working with pre-cut holes, use an H hook (5.00mm).


3.  Chain 4 Border:


Row 1:  Single crochet around entire blanket, placing 3 sc in each corner hole. Join to first sc with slip stitch.

Row 2:  Single crochet in joining stitch. *Ch 4, skip 2 sc, single crochet in next stitch.*  Repeat around, skipping one to none sc at each corner. Fasten off. Weave in ends.


How to Chain & do Single Crochet & Slip Stitch (see also online videos).*


*Photos are from a Brit book. Note the bottom photo where it states that "double crochet" is the American "single crochet."


4.  Picot Border


Row 1:  Single crochet around the edge, 3 sc in each corner stitch. Join to first sc.

Row 2:  Sc in joining stitch.  Work picot (ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook). Sc in next 2 sc. Work pattern of picot & sc around, placing picots closer together around corners.
Note:  You can also put 3-5 sc between each picot, if you wish.


BORDERS FOR MEDIUM SKILL LEVEL:

1.  V-Stitch Border (3 rows)

 


 How to do Double Crochet:





Directions for V-Stitch Border:
(as seen in pink baby blanket above)
 
V-Stitch:  (dc, ch 2, dc) in specified stitch

Note:  for the pink border above, use Rows 1-3 only. The border also looks good with only Rows 1 & 2.

Row 1:  With right side facing, join yarn with slip stitch in center of any sc. Work a row of single crochet around, 3 sc in each corner. Join with slip stitch.

Row 2:  Ch 5 (counts as dc & ch-2 space), dc in same st. *Skip next 2 sc, V-stitch in next sc.* Repeat around, adjust space between V-stitches as necessary at each corner. Join to 3rd ch of beg ch 3. (Optional finish here)

Row 3:  Sl st into Ch 2 space; in same sp work (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc); *in next ch 2 sp work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc)*. Repeat around; join in 3rd ch of beg ch 3. (Optional finish here)

Row 4:  Sl st in next dc and into next ch-2 sp; in same sp work (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc); *in next ch-2 sp work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc).* Repeat around, join. Finish off, weave in ends.


2.  V-Stitch Border, using all four rows:





3.  Ruffle Border (5 rows)




Row 1:  With right side facing, join Color A with slip stitch in any sc. Single Crochet around, working 3 sc in each corner. Join with sl st to first sc.

Row 2:  Sc in same stitch as join. *Ch 3, skip 2 sts, sc in next sc.* Repat around, ending last repeat:  ch 3, skip 2 sc, join with sc in beg sc.

Row 3:  Sl st in first ch 3 space; in same sp work (ch 3, 4dc); dc in next sc; *in next ch-3 sp, work shell of 5dc, sc in next sc.* Repeat around; join in 3rd ch of beg ch 3.

Row 4:  Ch 3 (counts as a dc); dc in next dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in each of next 2 dc, sc in next sc; *dc in next 2 dc of next shell, sc in next sc.* Repeat around, ending last repeat with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch-3. Finish off Color A.

Row 5:  With right side facing, join Color B with sl st in any sc. Ch 1, sc in same st; *sc in first 3 dc of next shell, ch 3, skip next dc, dc in nxt 3 dc of shell, sc in next sc.* Repeat around. Join with sl st in beg sc. Finish off. Weave in ends.



4.  Double Crochet Border (3 rows)




Row 1:  Right side facing, single crochet around, working 3 sc in each corner.

Row 2:  Ch 6 (counts as a dc & ch-3 sp), dc in same st; *ch 3, skip next sc, dc in next sc.* Repeat around, ending last repeat with ch 3, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-6.

Row 3:  In next ch-3 space, work (sc, ch 4, sc).  Repeat around. Join with sl st in beg sc. Finish off. Weave in ends.

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Special Note:  Since this is a hasty retype of the original, please use Comments to point out any errors. I will update immediately.

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Thanks for stopping by,

Grace





















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