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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Reverse Single Crochet Border - Video Tutorial

In the last few posts, I've been showing how to put together a crocheted block baby blanket. Every well made blanket or afghan should have some sort of border around it to finish it off neatly, to stabilize the edge and sometimes even to add a little more decoration to the blanket. Here's a video and some pictures of one of my favorite edges for a blanket or afghan. It's the Reverse Single Crochet stitch.

For baby blankets, I usually shy away from patterns with lots of holes for little toes to get stuck in and frilly borders to tickle little noses. I like a nice neat tight stitch throughout and a small compact border around the edge.

Reverse Single CrochetFor this baby blanket, I stitched a white single crochet border around each colored block, joined the blocks with white, then stitched one round of white single crochet around the entire blanket before working the reverse single crochet border. This picture shows the last two rounds of a pink block, the round of white around that block, the round of white around the entire piece and the last round which is the reverse single crochet border.

I like the plain simple look of this border stitch. It's just enough to finish off a piece neatly.

Reverse Single CrochetThis picture shows one of the corners of the blanket. When working the single crochet round, make sure to work the corners as you did the block corners. But when working the reverse single crochet border, just work a reverse single crochet into each stitch on the corners without any kind of increase. This will give you the nice rounded corner you see here.

In the following video you will see how to work the reverse single crochet stitch, but I mention to work the border into both loops which you can do and it will make a nice border. But in the baby blanket shown above, the border was actually worked into just the back loops so that little ridge which is around the blocks is also around the whole blanket.

I think this is one of those stitches that is hard to learn from looking in a book, but once you actually see it worked, it makes sense.
I hope you find this video helpful in working the reverse single crochet stitch.

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  • I absolutely love this stitch!! It looked somewhat difficult to lear at first as I do not learn well from just reading the instructions. However, after I saw your video its just soo simple and beautiful. I am making my nieces and nephews blankets for christmas and used the shell stitch for the borders on the girls blanket but was looking for something a little more "manly" for the boys, I cannot wait to go home and try this stitch now! Thanks! I hope you have more videos ready, Im searching for them!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At November 18, 2010 at 6:04 PM  

  • Thank you soo much for this video!! Wow, I have never heard of this stitch and it polishes off the blanket so beautifully. Have a great day. :o) Trish

    By Blogger trish, At January 11, 2011 at 9:57 AM  

  • I saw your comment on my blog and I just had to see how this stitch was worked! Really pretty! I'm seriously comtemplating doing this stitch as my border on that blanket. Thanks!

    By Blogger Grace Ann, At February 28, 2011 at 5:00 PM  

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