How to make a simple border for a complex blanket

In keeping with my “use your stash” theme, I’ve cleaned out my yarn stash and gotten rid of a bunch of yarn that I’ve had for years and have never touched. It’s hard to part with it, but I’m sure someone else will get some use out of it. I’ve also found a lot of yarn I didn’t know I had! And it has inspired me to start making more blankets to use up even more of that stash (so I can buy more yarn, of course.).

I found this great shell afghan pattern from Easy Crochet Pattern and thought it would be a great stash buster. I chose a light pink, dark pink, white, dark gray, and a variegated pink/white yarn. The pattern worked up quickly and easily. I think it only took me about 2 days of crocheting, then a few more days of weaving in ends because I find that tedious and boring, and it takes me forever. The pattern was so beautiful and elegant that I knew I wanted a simple border that wouldn’t distract from the pattern itself. I took to Facebook to see what colors people thought would look good, and everyone was thinking the same thing I was: the dark gray!

I looked up a bunch of different borders but eventually decided to make up my own, and so this was born.

How to make a simple border for a complex blanket pattern

The main part of the border contains only single crochets and slip stitches, so it’s super simple. If you are using this on a shell stitch afghan, you will have to do a little more than that, but I will include that in the pattern. The great thing about this is that it shows up as looking like a border of “V’s” on one side and just like little stitches on the other side. I love that it has a different look on both sides! See what I mean:

Create a simple border for a complex blanket

The corners do pull and curl a bit when you complete it, but blocking will take care of that.

Create a simple border for a complex blanket pattern


sl st – slip stitch

sc – single crochet

hdc – half double crochet

dc – double crochet


Hook: whatever hook you used to make your blanket

If your blanket edge is already straight, skip to under the dotted line.

If you are using the shell stitch, you will need to do the following:

Join your yarn to the third stitch of any one of the shells. This will be the exact middle of the shell.

In the next stitch, slip stitch. (Continue with one stitch per stitch from now on). hdc. dc. hdc. sc. sl st. Repeat to the corner of your blanket. You will use this same pattern for any place in the pattern you need to make the shell stitch straight.


Rounds 1-3: Sc in each st around, making two sc in each corner stitch.

Round 4: Change yarn color. Slip st in in sc around, making one sl st in each corner.

Fasten off and weave in ends

Yup, that’s it! So simple and such a great look. Doesn’t it turn out just lovely? I have this blanket up now in my Etsy shop, just waiting to be taken to its forever home. 😀

How to make a simple border for a complex pattern


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2 Responses to How to make a simple border for a complex blanket

  1. Hilde says:

    Hi, I’ve been crocheting on and off since I was 17 and now I am 64. My specialty to date were intricate round table cloths, place mats and cushions among many things, but by looking at this magnificent and easy project I don’t know anything about crocheting everyday things. Many thanks for inspiring me to learn from your and others’a patterns.

  2. Carol-Ann brown says:

    how do you pick up stitches on the side edges that have no specific chains to go into?

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