Finish the edge of a crocheted blanket using a single crochet stitch. The outer edge of the blanket is encased in several rows of single crochet stitches that act like a blanket binding. It is not necessary to finish the edges, but the added rows of crocheting add a finished look to the project and prevent stretching of the crocheted design. Crochet the blanket binding stitched edge with the same color yarn or use a contrasting yarn for added interest.
Things You'll Need
- Crochet hook
Tie a slipknot in the yarn 3 inches from the end. Slide the slipknot on the same size crochet hook that was used to make the crocheted blanket. For example, if a G/8 mm crochet hook was used to crochet the blanket, a G/8 mm crochet hook is used to create the blanket binding-style edge.
Insert the tip of the hook in one corner of the crocheted blanket. This would be either in the first or last stitch.
Single crochet around all four edges of the crocheted blanket without stopping. Slip stitch the first and last stitch together. Chain 1 stitch. Repeat the process for a total of five to 10 rows. There is no set width for a finished edge. The individual crocheting the blanket makes the decision.
Tie off the last single crochet stitch by cutting the yarn 3 inches from the end of the crochet hook. Wrap the cut end around the crochet hook. Pull the loop through the last stitch. Pull the 3-inch end tight to form a knot. Weave the end back and forth through the last row of stitching with the crochet hook. Cut any excess yarn.
Tips & Warnings
- Use a half-double or double crochet in place of the single crochet. Follow the same instructions with these two stitches.