Free Crochet Edging Patterns

Free Patterns for Edgings, Trims, and Blanket Borders

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Welcome to our main directory of free crochet edging patterns, which also includes patterns for trims, borders, and other edges. Whether you need edgings for clothing, linens, pillowcases, baby blanketsafghansscarves, or other projects, you'll find plenty of options to choose from.

With this set of patterns, you can learn how to crochet a variety of different types of edgings - from vintage to contemporary, in a wide range of techniques and styles.

Edited and Updated by Kathryn Vercillo

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    crochet scalloped edging pattern
    Kathryn Vercillo

    Shell stitch is a terrific choice for crochet edging. There are many different ways to crochet shell stitch and all of them will work well for the border of a blanket, a pillow case, or really just about any item at all. This is a very simple, straightforward classic version of the shell stitch used as an edging.

  • 02 of 19
    Pointed Scallops Crochet Edging Free Pattern
    Kathryn Vercillo

    This simple, but interesting, edging pattern evokes powerful images of world travel and architecture, among other things. It is not only beautiful but is also interesting to crochet. It is easy but unique.

  • 03 of 19
    Crocheted Lace Vs and Picots Edging for Baby Blanket or Other Crochet Projects
    Crocheted Lace Vs and Picots Edging for Baby Blanket or Other Crochet Projects. Lace Vs and Picots Edging for Baby Blanket or Other Crochet Projects - Photo © Amy Solovay

    This edging features lacy v stitches and crochet picots. The pattern includes instructions for turning corners, which makes it handy for finishing blankets and other projects that are rectangular or square shaped. It was originally designed as a baby blanket edging but works for a wide range of other projects as well.

  • 04 of 19
    Shell Stitch Edging Pattern
    Shell Stitch Edging Pattern. Shell Stitch Edging Pattern -- Photo © Amy Solovay

    This edging utilizes half double crochet stitches along with shell stitch. The pattern includes corner instructions, which makes it appropriate for use on baby blankets, afghans, throws, pillows, linens, placemats, potholders, dishcloths and any other rectangular or square project you can think of. You can also use it without the corner for edging sheets, pillowcases, towels or other items that need a simple finish. It is another example of a good use of shell stitch for borders.

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  • 05 of 19
    single crochet edging for Afghans
    Kathryn Vercillo

    This edging pattern is ​one of the simplest designs since it is just single crochet stitch. It's so easy that many of you won't need a pattern at all.

    Despite the simplicity of this edging, or perhaps because of the simplicity, this is a pattern that that can be used over and over. It works especially well for blankets (and other items) that are super colorful, very textured or otherwise "busy" because it is a simple, polished finish for the piece.

  • 06 of 19
    Crochet Lace Edging for Placemats, Linens, Blankets or Other Rectangular Projects
    Crochet Lace Edging for Placemats, Linens, Blankets or Other Rectangular Projects. Crochet Lace Edging for Linens, Blankets & Rectangular Projects. Photo © Amy Solovay

    This scalloped lace edging includes a corner and is suitable for use on blankets, afghans, linens, pillows, and any other square or rectangular project.

    This edging can be finished with either ribbon or yarn; both sorts of embellishments are optional, and they can be omitted. When used, they offer a fancy touch that can be wonderful on special items.

  • 07 of 19
    Towel With Crocheted Edging
    Towel With Crocheted Edging. Towel With Crocheted Edging -- Photo © Amy Solovay

    Take an inexpensive everyday towel and add a crochet edging to it to make it something special. This project is a fantastic example of how crocheted edgings make plain linens look so much more finished and attractive. This is a really quick and affordable project that you can bookmark for gift making, whether at holiday time or throughout the year.

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    Filet Crochet Heart Trim
    Filet Crochet Heart Trim. Filet Crochet Heart Trim - Photo and Chart © Amy Solovay

    This lace trim features beautiful but simple heart designs in an alternating pattern. The trim is ideal for applying to sheets, pillowcases or anywhere you need a straight edge without a corner -- perhaps you could even use it across the top of a blanket or across the bottom of a curtain.

    This pretty lace design is crocheted using the filet crochet technique. The pattern is charted, and the chart tiles seamlessly, allowing you to crochet as much or as little of the design as you happen to need.

    Cli...MOREck here to get the heart chart for crocheting the lace trim.

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  • 09 of 19
    Two-Color Treble Crochet Shell Stitch Edging
    Two-Color Treble Crochet Shell Stitch Edging. Photo © Amy Solovay

    This simple edging utilizes treble crochet stitches, single crochet, and surface crochet slip stitches. This pattern includes corner instructions. In many ways, it is a basic crochet shell stitch pattern but the little details make it slightly more special, especially when worked in two complementary colors as shown.

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    Ribbon Edging Patterns - How to Crochet Edgings With Ribbon
    Ribbon Edging Patterns. Ribbon Edgings - Photo © 2009 Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This scalloped trim is just about as easy as it gets, but it's also interesting to crochet. The turning chains create scalloped edges. When you're finished crocheting, add a bit of ribbon to complete the design. The trim can be made exactly the right size for any small project and will give it a truly special touch.

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    Lace Crochet Edging for Openwork Cotton Dishcloth or Other Projects
    Lace Crochet Edging for Openwork Cotton Dishcloth or Other Projects. Lace Crochet Edging for Openwork Cotton Dishcloth or Other Projects -- Photo © Amy Solovay.

    This edging works perfectly with a cotton dishcloth design but could be adapted for other purposes. If you need an edging with a corner, be sure to take a look and see if this edging could suit the project you have in mind. Remember that you can use different yarn or crochet thread for working the edging as needed for the project.

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    Checkered Crochet Afghan Edging
    Checkered Crochet Afghan Edging. Checkered Crochet Afghan Edging -- Photo © Amy Solovay

    Checkerboard patterns can have any kind of trim and often have something simple like the single crochet edging mentioned above. But if you want to make something more dazzling for the eye, try adding a checkered pattern to the edging as well. Of course, this checkered pattern could also be a special touch to an otherwise plain blanket. Have fun playing with this one!

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    Crocheted Edgings
    Crocheted Edgings Made Using Single Crochet Stitch. The Turning Chain Is Used As a Design Element to Create Scalloped Edges. Photo © 2009 Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

    These trims are beginner-friendly to crochet. If you're into layering trims and pretty things on top of each other, then you'll definitely want to have these patterns in your stash. They can even be used on their own as simple crochet bookmarks.

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    Lacy Crochet Edging Free Pattern
    Lacy Crochet Edging Free Pattern. Curupisa

    This is a lacy crochet edging pattern designed by Curupisa with instructions in both English and Spanish. It is shown here in triplicate on a bag but could be worked easily onto other projects as well. The edging is made separately and stitched onto the project at the end.

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    Crochet Spike Stitches Used as an Edging
    Crochet Spike Stitches Used as an Edging. Crochet Spike Stitches Used as an Edging -- Photo © Michael Solovay

    Some crochet stitches are ideal for using to make edgings. The spike stitch is one example. Spike stitches make interesting edgings, especially when combined with ordinary single crochet stitches.

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    Reverse Single Crochet Edging
    Reverse Single Crochet Edging. Kathryn Vercillo

    The crab stitch is perfect for crocheting edgings. This stitch makes a fantastic edging for baby blankets, afghans, and other projects. The stitch has a unique twisted curvature to it that you don't usually see in crochet.

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    Crochet Star Stitch
    Crochet Star Stitch. Kathryn Vercillo

    Star stitch is another really pretty stitch pattern that works well as an edging. You will need to work several rows of it to get the design right. This is best for items that only need a single finished edge, such as a skirt hem.

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    Cable Crochet Border Free Patern
    Cable Crochet Border Free Patern. Sarit Grinberg

    Cables are detailed, textured stitches that you rarely see on edgings. But why not? This is offered as a free pattern through Ravelry. It is part of a full blanket design by Sarit Grinberg.

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    Additional Free Crochet Edging Patterns