As promised, here is a better look at how to crochet the Candy Cane Border around blankets and afghans! I used this edging on both my Gingerbread House Advent Calendar as well as my Christmas Lights Blanket and it really gave both pieces the most perfect (and festive) finishing touch! But beyond the Christmas holiday, the candy cane border works in any color combo on any blanket! Give it a try!
You will need two skeins of yarn in different colors. I am using Bernat Super Value in Green and Red but you can use any two colors you’d like!
Use the same size crochet hook that you used on the main portion of your project. I am using a size H crochet hook.
I am going to demonstrate this technique around a small granny square but apply this tutorial to crochet around larger blankets and projects!
Watch the video tutorial or use the picture tutorial below!
Starting at any point along the edge of your project, attach color #1 (in this case red) and chain 4. Leave hook hanging and in next stitch, attach color #2 (in this case green) and chain 4.
Put hook back in red loop and SC to join to next open stitch (the stitch next to the green) and chain 4. You are essentially overlapping the red chain 4 over the green chain 4.
Now do the same with the green. SC to join the green chain 4 to the next available stitch and chain 4.
Keep going in same pattern sequence!
Don’t be intimidated by the corners! Keep doing what you have been doing, just make 4 stitches in each corner (2 green and 2 red).
When you get to the end…
You will either have two scenarios….
Scenario #1 (as pictured below): your pattern lines up and you can just go ahead and slip stitch to attach the red chain 4 to the bottom of the beginning red chain 4 and then slip stitch to attach the green chain 4 to the bottom of the first green chain 4 you made.
Scenario #2 (as shown in the video tutorial): your pattern won’t line up and you will need to skip a stitch. No harm in skipping a stitch! You won’t be able to tell! You just want to make sure that you keep the red/green alternating pattern.
Pictures below: The green will be joined to the bottom of your starting green chain. And the red will be joined to the bottom of your starting red chain.
All that’s left is weaving in ends!
Be sure to tag @RepeatCrafterMe on social media so I can see your work!
candy cane border, what a great finish, thanks so much for sharing!
Janet Stringer says
Genious! Great simple edging, love it.
Mundo do Crochê says
Pretty pretty pretty. Congratulations on that work. You teach very well. I have not yet started preparing for Christmas, in the next few days I will buy all the Christmas linahs. I have a crochet shop here in Brazil, who can access, I am grateful: http://www.mundodocroche.com.br/tapete-de-barbante-quadrado
Thank you ever so much. This is a great idea and I intend to use it a lot.
How do I keep the 2 colors of yarn from tangling up while doing this? I have to keep stopping and unravel them so I can continue.
I love the looks of this and how it goes except the yarn strings attached to the balls of yarn twisting as I go and the times spent nravelingto be able to continue.
Any help with this will be greatly appreciated.
Sharon Griffith says
Very pretty, but I had the same problem with the yarn twisting up all the time. Don’t see how that can be avoided.
I agree. I used this stitch on 2 stockings I crocheted and it twisted constantly. It is a very pretty border but I can’t imagine doing it on an afghan or any large item.
Pat Conley says
Would like to try this with. 4 colors!
As a beginner, this was GREAT INSTRUCTION for a very CUTE IDEA! Thanks!
adorable! great idea. Sandie, unfortunately that happens when changing colors during a regular row too, just have to keep moving the skeins around under each other to keep them straight. Annoying but just part of the deal lol
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Here’s a tip: since the colors keep twisting, what I do is put the two cake colors ina. Rounded bottom metal bowl. Then I can just spin the bowl on the table to keep the two yarn strands untangled! 🙂
Great tip! Thank you.
Wonderful edging! Using it on a large afghan. Question: Any secrets for keeping the yarns from coiling around one another?
wow! I want to use this on my wall. I am a sports lover and wanted to buy this.