This is a way to clean up the edges of our double crochet squares (or rectangles). I was familiar with two ways to turn my work when working double crochet rows. You either count your beginning ch as a stitch or you don’t.
Here is a picture of my edge when NOT counting my beginning ch as a stitch:
The edge is bumpy and blah.
Here is a pic of when I count my turning ch as a stitch:
You get those pesky little spaces, and who of us likes to work a stitch into their beginning chains?….i sure don’t : )
and here is a pic of the way that I’ve been doing it for the last couple years. I came up with this little hack when writing up the pattern for my chevron blanket. I didn’t want to crochet an edge on it but also wasn’t super happy with the edge I was getting and so I played around with the pattern a bit and found something that worked great!
and here it is..it’s a simple trick but I think it works great!
Clean Edge Double Crochet
You will not count your turning chains as a stitch for this pattern.
This just means that you will always work your first st of your rows into the first st of the previous row and you will not work a stitch into the turning chain at the end of your rows.
Tiny Cluster (just a double crochet decrease worked into one stitch) – yo, insert hk into indicated st, yo and pull up a lp, yo and pull through 2, yo, insert hk into SAME st, yo and pull up a lp, yo and pull through 2, yo and pull through all remaining lps on hk.
Ch any number of dc’s +2
Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hk and in each st across, up to last, work tiny cluster.
Row 2: Ch 2 and turn, dc in each st across, up to last, tiny cluster.
Repeat Row 2 until you like what you have.
I made this blanket:
Look at that clean edge in the Middle/Left picture! This is a pretty big blanket and would probably cover a twin bed perfectly. While working this blanket up, I learned that I crochet an average of 28 dcs/min…and so I did some math for fun. Each of the four colors is 33 rows (4×33=132) each of the 132 rows is 150 dcs (132×150=19,800 dcs) and since I work 28 dcs/min (19,800/28=707 minutes)…This blanket took me close to 12 hours to make. Scroll down to find the pattern for this blanket.
Clean Edge DC Blanket
Worsted Weight Yarn
Gauge: Not important
Yardage: 2,700 yards
Yarn: I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice.
C1 – 4 skeins of Raspberry
C2 – 4 skeins of Linen
C3 – 4 skeins of Silver Blue (love this color)
C4 – 4 skeins of Navy
Pattern Notes: Do NOT count your turning chain as a stitch for this pattern.
Tiny Cluster (just a double crochet decrease worked into on stitch) – yo, insert hk into indicated st, yo and pull up a lp, yo and pull through 2, yo, insert hk into SAME st, yo and pull up a lp, yo and pull through 2, yo and pull through all remaining lps on hk.
With C1, Ch 152
Row 1 – Working in back hump of your foundations ch, dc in 3rd ch from hk, dc in each st across up to last st, work tiny cluster in last. (150)
Row 2 – Ch 2 and turn, dc in each st across up to last st, tiny cluster in last. (150)
Row 3 through Row 33 – Repeat Row 2
Row 34 through Row 66 – Repeat Row 2
Row 67 through Row 99 – Repeat Row 2
Row 100 through Row 132 – Repeat Row 2
Fasten off and weave in all ends.
Enjoy New Blanket!