Finishing Techniques for Crochet and Knitting

Learn the Best Techniques for Finishing Your Projects

When you spend such a significant amount of time crocheting (or knitting) a project, you want it to turn out amazing. The finishing is a huge part of that. These finishing techniques will help you make your project the best it can be.

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    Lacy Baby Blanket Border -- Free Crochet Pattern Available
    Lacy Baby Blanket Border. Lacy Baby Blanket Border -- Photo © Amy Solovay

    Knitted and crocheted blankets can sometimes look a little bare if they aren't finished off with appropriate borders.

    If you'd like to add a crocheted border around the edge of a crocheted or knitted blanket, this page is a helpful resource. The page includes a brief introduction to the basics you need to know about crocheting blanket borders; it also includes links to free border patterns.

    Pictured Here: A lacy baby blanket with v-stitch and picot border. Free patterns are available for...MORE both the baby blanket and the border.

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    Fringe Is Great for Finishing Crocheted or Knitted Scarves.
    Fringe Is Great for Finishing Crocheted or Knitted Scarves. Fringe Is Great for Finishing Crocheted or Knitted Scarves. Photo © Michael Solovay.

    Fringe is an effective way of finishing off many different crochet and knitting projects -- afghansscarves, and ponchos to name a few. Learn how to make several different styles of fringe.

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    Whipstitch
    Whipstitch. Whipstitch - Photo Copyright Michael Solovay
  • 04 of 08
    Learn How to Line a Pouch or Bag With Our How-Tos and Finishing Techniques.
    Learn How to Line a Pouch or Bag With Our How-Tos and Finishing Techniques. Learn How to Line a Pouch or Bag With Our How-Tos and Finishing Techniques. Photo © Amy Solovay

    This free tutorial teaches you step-by-step how to sew a lining for a pouch or bag. My example project is a crocheted pouch, but the same instructions could be used for any similar square or rectangular knitted or crocheted project -- even larger tote bags.

    See Also: Granny Square Tote With Lining Instructions. Lori Jean Karluk teaches you how to crochet a tote bag; her free crochet pattern includes instructions for how to do the lining too.

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  • 05 of 08
    crochet flower
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    Learn about how to attach an applique to a finished craft project.

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    Weaving in Ends
    Weaving in Ends. Weaving in Ends -- Video Screenshot © About.com

    If you don't do anything else to finish your work, at least take the time to weave in the ends.

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    The blocking articles linked below were written from a knitter's perspective, but the ideas she has shared are also applicable if you'd like to block your crochet projects.

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    Stitching a Side Seam on the Simple Crocheted Fingerless Gloves
    Stitching a Side Seam on the Simple Crocheted Fingerless Gloves. Stitching a Side Seam on the Simple Crocheted Fingerless Gloves -- Photo © Michael Solovay

    This tutorial accompanies my free pattern for simple crochet fingerless gloves. If you've never finished a pair of fingerless gloves before, this tutorial will show you one possible approach.

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