Have you ever completed a crochet pattern only to look at your piece and ask yourself what is missing? Sometimes a piece simply isn't complete until you add your own special touch to it, and an easy way to do that is by adding a nice edging or border. Luckily, there are a lot of free edge patterns available online if you know where to look.
One popular design is a shell pattern that when applied gives your piece a nice scalloped edge. There are a lot of great variations to this pattern available, and many are completely free. Here are three shell edges you can try on your next project.
- “Easy Shell Stitch Edging Free Pattern”
- “Half Double Crochet Shell Edging -- Free Pattern”
- “Two-Color Treble Crochet Shell Stitch Edging -- Free Pattern”
There are a number of different steps and stitches needed to complete each one of the patterned linked above. The stitches you will need to know include;
- Slip stitch
- Single crochet
- Double crochet
- Half double crochet
- Treble crochet
You may also need to know how to change yarns if you don't already. There are a lot of different ways to join new yarn to your project, but the easiest way is a technique shared by Crookedyarn.com. This picture tutorial will teach you this simple method in just eight steps.
So, the next time your crochet piece doesn't look quite finished try adding a shell edging. You may be surprised how much it will improve your piece.
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