How to Finish Off a Crochet Blanket

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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

  • Yarn
  • Crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • 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.

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