The Polka Dot Border is a nice, solid edging pattern that I came up with while finishing up my afghan for the Moogly 2014 Afghan Crochet-a-long! It works really well as a final round after joining squares with the Tight Braid Join, which is how I used it. However, with one extra round, it should work as an attractive crochet edging pattern on any blanket!
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Polka Dot Border
Use the yarn and hook needed to match your blanket. The amount of yarn needed with vary depending on weight, gauge, and size of the blanket to be edged. For the example shown here I used:
- US – I, 5.5 mm hook (Furls Fiberarts in Cocobolo)
- Worsted/Aran weight yarn (Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice – Fern “background”; Scarlet “dot”; White “edge”)
- Click here for the video tutorial!
Dc3tog Cluster – Yo and insert hook into indicated ch sp, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops (2 loops remain on hook), yo and insert hook in same ch sp, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops (3 loops remain on hook), yo and insert hook in same ch sp, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops (4 loops remain on hook), yo and pull through all 4 loops.
Fpsc – front post single crochet: insert hook from from the front of the stitch, going right to left around the back of the indicated stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through both loops.
Set Up Round: (If you are working this border around squares that have been edged using the Tight Braid Join, then you can skip this round and go straight to Round 1.) Work around the blanket with your “background” color as follows: *sc, ch 2, skip 2 sts; repeat from * around, working (sc, ch 2, sc) in each corner stitch or space. The total number of ch-2 loops does not matter. Join to first sc and finish off.
Round 1: With “dot” color, dc3tog cluster in any ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next st, *dc3tog cluster in next ch 2 sp, ch 2, skip next st; repeat from * around, working (dc3tog cluster, ch 2, dctog cluster, ch 2) in each corner ch sp. Join to first cluster and finish off.
Round 2: With “background” color, work 2 dc in any skipped sc st of set up round, enclosing the ch-2 from Round 1, fpsc around dc3tog cluster, *2 dc in next skipped sc of set up round, fpsc around next dc3tog cluster; repeat from * around, working 3 dc between clusters in the corner ch-2 sps.
Round 3: With “edge” color, sc evenly around entire blanket, working 3 sc in each corner st.
And scene! What do you think? It’s pretty simple, and the fpsc sts really make the dots pop! I hope you enjoy adding it to your next blanket – or any project that could use a fun polka dot edging!
The Fine Print
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