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Monday, January 26, 2009

Learn to Crochet - Scallop Border Video Tutorial

When I crochet or knit a baby blanket, I love to finish it off with a nice border. Some patterns have the border sort of built in to the design, such as a knitted blanket with a garter stitch border. But some, such as the oddball baby blanket I recently showed you called Tutti Frutti or the Jersey Devil and Forest Greens blankets I also worked on, have a garter stitch border built in as the foundation for a crocheted border which is added after all the knitting is complete.

After knitting the last section on Tutti Frutti using the Diagonal Seed Stitch in a pink and white Bernat Softee Baby yarn, I chose another Bernat yarn to crochet the border. This blanket already had so many soft yummy colors that I just had to pick a color that would be just as soft and yummy for the special little person who would be getting it. Soft Lilac was my pick for this, and I worked the border in a simple scallop.

What do you think of the finished blanket?

Tutti Frutti Oddball Baby Blanket completeIn this picture, you can see the five different sections, all knit by five different people using five different stitches and five different yarns. What a happy and cheerful blanket all these differences make!

Crocheted Scallop BorderHere's a close-up of the scallop border crocheted in purple around the whole blanket. First notice the rows of knitting just before the purple begins. These last rows were worked in garter stitch, which is just knitting every row. The blanket was begun in the same way, several rows of garter stitch. Also the beginning and end of each row throughout the blanket are worked with 3 knit stitches which makes a garter stitch border around the entire piece.

Starting with the purple, I crocheted 3 rows of single crochet around the whole blanket before beginning my scallop border. Then I worked the scallops by skipping one stitch, working 5 double crochets into the next stitch, skipping the next stitch and working a single crochet into the next stitch. That is how easy this pretty border is to crochet.

Here's a little video showing how to do this border:

In this video, you can get a few glimpses of the other sections of the blanket that I did not knit. Some of the stitches the other knitters used were so interesting that I asked for the instructions for the stitches and will be using them myself in future blankets. Right now I have another one in progress called Cherry Berry and I am using the same stitch as in the pink section you see in the Tutti Frutti blanket. I will share that with you soon.

The KnittingHelp.com Charity knitting forum has so many talented and generous knitters from all different parts of the country, but they could always use more willing hands. This is a great way to work on a little project which is not a huge commitment of time or money, but will benefit someone in such a wonderful way. Even if you are a new knitter, what better way to master the skill than to practice it!

Happy Stitching!

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  • Hey Mary Grace,
    I LOVE your tutti-fruity baby blanket...love the scalloped crochet border...I will definitely put that to use...you make it look so easy...thanks for the video!
    God Bless You,
    Merry :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At January 26, 2009 at 6:08 PM  

  • What a cheerful baby blanket and what a good idea to have it done by 5 different people. The border is lovely! You do great work in a lot of ways......VERY talented are you!

    By Blogger Pat, At January 26, 2009 at 9:21 PM  

  • Love it! Thank you for taking the time to make that video. Our Oddball Baby Blankets deserve this kind of special treatment, don't they? Take care, my friend. :)

    By Blogger Shandeh, At January 28, 2009 at 12:30 PM  

  • Your baby blanket turned out so sweet. I like it. And the border is very pretty.

    By Blogger Annette, At January 28, 2009 at 11:11 PM  

  • Hi Mary Grace! Love the idea of mixing different blocks to form the baby blanket! What a sweet idea! I stumbled across your page because I was looking for a pretty border for the baby blanket I'm working on, but I'm still not very proficient in crochet. I wanted something that would look really pretty and polished, but not be too complicated. I think this scalloped border is perfect! Thank you for making a video tutorial that was clear and concise!

    By Blogger Amester26, At September 2, 2013 at 9:56 AM  

  • I am unable to watch video. Your written directions are: skip 1 stitch, 5 double in next stitch, skip next stitch, then single crochet. What comes next. I love the border & want to put it on my knitted doll blankets.

    By Blogger Unknown, At April 18, 2015 at 11:25 PM  

  • That's it Geri! You just keep repeating that pattern and you've got yourself a beautiful scallop!

    You might try a different browser to watch the video. It seems to be working fine from my laptop. Some people cannot view them from mobile devices, so a laptop or desktop might be better.

    Hope this helps!

    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At April 19, 2015 at 11:57 AM  

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