The crochet edging that you choose for a project helps finish it off and define how it looks. A scalloped edging is a great choice, adding an undulating edge that grabs attention and makes a piece look special. There are several different ways to make a crochet scallop border, and you'll learn one of those methods in this free edging pattern.
This version of the pointed scallop edging has an interesting pointed shape. It is satisfying to crochet, and it conjures up images of many familiar... items from flower petals to eastern architecture (for example, the Taj Mahal.) This inspires many different ways to use it; it's a great border for floral patterns, tile motif blankets and more.
This crochet border pattern is a reasonably quick addition to any project since it is only one row (or round if you want to add the border around an entire item. It can go across a straight edge, or around a corner, whichever works best for your project, so it's very versatile and suitable for use on most projects (except round ones without straight edges). It is an easy crochet pattern that allows beginners to make their simple crochet products look a little bit more special.
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Scalloped Crochet Edging: Required Materials
Yarn or Crochet Thread: Use yarn or thread in the same size and weight as the main part of your project. For this edging design, it's best to use a color that contrasts yet coordinates with the main body of the project, so the instructions assume that you’ll be changing colors. “Color A / Main Color” refers to the color used for the main part of the project. “Color B/ Edging Color” refers to the color you’ll be using to crochet the edging. Of course, you could opt to use the same color as... your project if you so desire.
Crochet Hook: Use the same exact crochet hook you used to crochet the main part of the project. The exception to this would be in case you decide to ignore the advice given above to use yarn or thread in the same size and weight as the main part of the project. In that case, you may need to change hooks to make the disparity between yarns a little less problematic. Advanced crocheters should be able to adapt as needed.
Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends
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Design Notes for Pointed Scalloped Edging
Before you begin there are just a few things you should know ...
Working Through One or Both Loops
You are adding this crochet edging on to an existing project. When you do so, you have the option to join in one or both loops of the final row / round of that project. In most cases, people join with both loops. However, if you have a very openwork stitch pattern, such as V-stitch, you may find that you like to work through just the back loop only. You can work this edging either way, just be sure... to be consistent after you've made your choice.
Crochet Abbreviations In This Pattern
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Getting Ready to Add Your Crochet Border
Make sure you’ve ended off Color A / the main color of the body of your project, and woven in the ends securely – or if you haven’t, you could crochet overtop of them when you work your edging if you wish. If you haven’t already secured your ends, you should do both. You can weave the edging into the portion of the project that you are about to crochet into when you work the edging. Then crochet overtop of the tail as you work the edging.
Using Color B / your edging color, make a slip knot of... yarn on your crochet hook, then work a sl st in the first st in the row or round.
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How to Crochet Pointed Scallops
Each pointed scallop is going to be worked as follows:
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- ch 2
- dc in next st
- tr in next st
- ch 3
- sl st in third ch from hook
- tr in next st
- dc in next st
- ch 2
- sl st in next st
- sl st in next st
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Complete Crochet Edging
One Row Only
A single row of crochet edging is great on some projects - as a trim on a pillowcase or the bottom of a t-shirt, for example. You could also use the same instructions above to create both a "top" and "bottom" trim for projects like washcloths, blankets and more.
To complete the project in this way: Repeat the previous step as many times as needed to get to the end of the row. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Around The Corners
Sometimes you'll want to work all the way... around a project to create a complete border. When you get to a corner, there are a couple of ways you could approach it.
After your last sl st in the previous side, you could just sl st in the next st and then continue to rep the sequence given in brackets above.
If that produces a corner that seems a little too tight and not flexible enough, you could add a ch st, or a few ch sts, in between the last sl st on the last side, and the first sl st on the next side, to get yourself around the corner more comfortably.
Whichever way you decide to go, be consistent in it and rep the same thing when you work all the rest of the corners in the project.
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Helpful Tips: Stitch Multiples for Pointed Scalloped Border
This crochet edging repeats across 6 stitches; it’s a multiple of 6. If you are starting a brand new project, when you calculate your starting chain, you do need to make sure to add add an appropriate number of chains that you would need for starting the project off. The correct number depends on the stitch you'll be using.
If you are thinking of using this edging on a finished project you already have on hand, it's really easy to figure out if you can use this edging to finish it off.... Just count the number of stitches you have along each side of the project that needs edging, and divide by 6. If the result is a whole number in each case, you can use it.
If the result is a fraction along any one of the sides, you can still use the edging, but you’ll have to do a bit of tweaking first.
How to Adjust Edging Count
One possible tweak you could try: On projects with corners, add an additional round around the outside of the project. On each side that is not already divisible by 6, you’ll want to increase or decrease by the amount of stitches necessary to achieve a stitch count that is divisible by 6.
For projects worked in rows, you can try adding an additional row across the edge you want to finish, increasing or decreasing by the amount of stitches needed to achieve the correct stitch count.
This tends to work better if you don’t need to do much increasing or decreasing to make the math work out. If you’re working a small project, like fingerless gloves or a hat, lots of increasing /decreasing is going to create more of an issue than it is if you’re working a large project, like a blanket.
If you’d need to do a lot of tweaking on the stitch count, particularly on a small project, you might be happier using a different edging.