Double Crochet Hack

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: IMG_7415

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’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.

Special Stitch:

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

K hook
Worsted Weight Yarn
Yarn Needle

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.

Special Stitch:
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
With C2
Row 34 through Row 66 – Repeat Row 2
With C3
Row 67 through Row 99 – Repeat Row 2
With C4
Row 100 through Row 132 – Repeat Row 2
Fasten off and weave in all ends.


Enjoy New Blanket!

This article has 29 comments

  1. Susan Reply

    I have been crocheting for over 5o years, you are never too old to learn. Thank you for sharing. I like your stitch.

  2. Ada Abdullah Reply

    wowww.. I love the idea coz before this I had crochet baby blanket but the finishing was not very smooth just what i imagine. With this idea I think it will be great 😀

    Thx again.

  3. LeAnn Reply

    Ive made 3 of the clean edge dish cloths, I cant stop myself from trying the blanket!

    • LeAnn

      Also wonder if you used cotton on the blanket? Or would that be too heavy?

    • Tara Murray

      I just used acrylic. I’ve never used cotton on a blanket. I don’t think I would ever use the regular cottons like Bernat Handicrafter and Sugar n Cream on a blanket…but I bet Lion Brand Cotton Ease would be work great!

    • Liz C.

      Moogly uses cotton ease with her blackberry blanket. It is supposed to be pretty soft and has great stitch definition. She used it on a baby blanket I believe.

  4. Jessica Reply

    This is an awesome idea! The biggest reason I hate making blankets is the edging that is needed to hide the turns. I hope to try this soon.

  5. Kathy Reply

    I am not understanding this? I have been crocheting for years and have no troubles reading any pattern but this doesn’t make sense to me. Do you do the special cluster at the start and end of each row? I need a video tutorial as I like the cleaner edge.

    • Tara Murray

      Hey Kathy, I’m so sorry that you’re having trouble. You just work the tiny cluster in the last st of every row : )

      I hope this helps!

  6. Tania Reply

    Oooh! What a great tip… and such a lovely blanket! I want to attempt something like. Did you steam-block it to make it so nice and smooth?

    Also, is that a wall full of yarn I’m seeing behind your bed? How do you ever get out of your room?

  7. Kathy Ellner Reply

    I am making a ripple baby afghan & do a 2dc decrease at end, chain 2, turn skip 1st stitch & doc. How would I do this on this pattern?

  8. Pam Reply

    Will this hack work with hdc? I am making dishcloths with alternating rows of hdc and dc.

  9. Kris Van Allen Reply

    So, you are working the Tiny Cluster at the end of every row, and are making that INTO the top of the chain 2 from the beginning of the previous row?

  10. Alishia Reply

    Can this stitch be used in any pattern other than the clean edge blanket and dishcloth?

  11. Elizabeth Jones Reply

    Thanks for figuring this out! I once ripped out an afghan because I didn’t like the holes I was getting on the edge and went back to knitting! I like clean lines so I’ll definitely give your pattern another look.

  12. Kathy Reply

    OMG the blanket is gorgeous and I have been wanting a better way to double crochet so I don’t have to edge EVERYTHING to cover up the ugly edges (I hate the holes so I just had ugly edges I would put a border on).


  13. Anna Reply

    Thank you for sharing ..never did like my edges ..very anxious to begin this pattern on a new blanket for my granddaughter..will use pastel colors from venna white baby yarn instead.

  14. Marietta Reply

    Do you think you could post a video of this stitch? I have a hard time reading patterns. PLEASE

  15. MJ Humphrey Reply

    I love this!! Your a genius! I use this for everything now. I ‘m working on slippers what are DC back and forth and us this idea. Works GREAT!!! Love it!! It looks so nice and lets face it WE all HATE crocheting in the chain stitches from the row below. hahaha!

    Thank you again!!!!

  16. Alessia bailoni Reply

    My english are….. Bleahhhhh!
    I ask if you have a video for “fake double crochet decrease.
    I take in etsy pattern for blanket but i dont understand how to’ make!!
    Tank you so much!!!!!

    • Tara Murray

      Hi : )

      I’m sorry if you’ve had trouble with this pattern. You do need to have some knowledge on how to read a crochet pattern to get through this. I hope you didn’t let this discourage you from crocheting on. Crochet it’s such a great hobby and worth the trouble to learn. : )

  17. lee Reply

    Thank you! Wonderful way to eliminate the unsightly gap on the edges. Look forward to trying this out.

  18. Kat Reply

    OH MY GOSH I LOVE THIS!!! I am a huge fan of double crochet in the back loop blankets but am always frustrated with the edge (and dislike borders) and always wondered why my ripple blanket edges look so much better (I purchased you chevron and love it). The answer is the decreases at the end of the row! Don’t know why I didn’t figure it out but I’m so glad you did and shared. It totally works! Thank you, thank you!!!!!

  19. Teja Bradshaw Reply

    I love this I sell crocheted items in the summer and make a fortune. I love this pattern and I also love that its free but most of all I love that it is easy to understand for a kid like me

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