How to Knit a Border Around a Blanket

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A practiced hand with knitting needles can whip up a decorative border quickly.
A practiced hand with knitting needles can whip up a decorative border quickly. (Image: Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Knitting a blanket is a time-consuming project. Though blanket patterns are typically simpler than those for garments, the sheer size of the finished piece can complicate the task. When you finally bind off that last row and step back to survey your work, it's disheartening to see that something seems to be missing. Perhaps the size is a bit off, the edges are curling under or it just looks incomplete. This problem can be easily solved by adding a knitted border around the piece. A simple border can be added any time and can even be done in a different color, texture or size of yarn.

Things You'll Need

  • Yarn
  • Knitting needles

Cast on enough stitches to match the length of one side of the blanket. If you use the same type of yarn as the blanket, you will use the same number of stitches. If you prefer a different type of yarn, simply line up the length so the border will fit on the blanket.

Knit every row in the garter stitch, so you are using only knit stitches on both sides of the piece. Knit a double increase on both ends. Continue until the piece is the desired border width. Bind off knitwise when the border piece is finished.

Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for the other three sides of the blanket.

Align a finished border piece with the edge of the blanket with the back sides facing you. Whipstitch the border into place on the back side of the blanket. Repeat for the other three sides.

Whipstitch the corners where the borders meet. There will be a diagonal line at each corner from the edge of the blanket to the outer edge of the borders, where the increases meet up. Weave in any loose yarn ends.

Tips & Warnings

  • This technique can be used with both knitted and crocheted blankets. Line up the stitches evenly as you whipstitch together and you can use any size yarn.

References

  • “Reader’s Digest: Complete Guide to Needlework”; The Reader’s Digest Association; 1979
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