December 4, 2015

Border! Crochet Along Afghan Sampler


And ...we're back! Time to add a border to our Crochet Along Afghan Sampler. Simple. Contemporary. Complimentary.



Welcome back! It's time to add a border to your newly joined squares ...and finish this baby! All along I knew I wanted a simple flat border to bind the squares together and add a frame without competing with the various stitches of the squares. A simple half-double crochet in the round fits the bill. I deviated from my original plan in that I originally crocheted five rounds and then realized the wider border didn't fit the proportion of the nine-inch squares; so I pulled it back to three rounds (odd numbers just feel right to me when it comes to borders).

If you're just now finding this, we've been crocheting a contemporary afghan sampler; hooking one stitch into two separate squares each month. Of course you can join in at any time and finish a blanket on your own schedule. You can stitch the squares in any order, but you'll need them stitched and joined together before you move on to this post. Be sure to read Square 1, January first -- it explains the color scheme and overall process.

Simple, contemporary border for the Crochet Along Afghan Sampler for 2015 from The Inspired Wren | CAL with two crochet squares per month for a complete blanket in one year

ADD THE BORDER

By now you should have all twenty squares joined (if you missed that, go here first). It's time to add a border. This border is a simple half-double crochet (US crochet terms) worked around the edge; no counting, YAY! Now I know there are some perfectionist and detail-oriented people out there that would really like the numbers and counts for this. But I'm sorry to say I really didn't count.

Round 1: Working in Color B (here that is Caron Simply Soft in Light Country Blue) or the border color of your choice, create one chain (or slip knot) on your size H/8 (5.00MM) crochet hook; insert the hook from the front of your afghan into the first available stitch (not the chain-1 space at the corner) and single crochet. Single crochet to the end of the row (across all four squares); into the chain-1 space work 1 single crochet, 1 chain, 1 single crochet; then continue single crochet down the column (across all five squares). Repeat the single crochet around, inserting 1 single crochet, 1 chain, and 1 single crochet into each of the four outside corners of the afghan.  

Love the half-double crochet afghan border -- simple, clean, and contemporary. | Crochet Along Afghan Sampler from The Inspired Wren


Round 2: Continuing around without turning, chain 2; half-double crochet in each stitch around the entire afghan; into each of the corners of the afghan work 1 half-double crochet, 1 chain, and 1 half double crochet into the chain-1 space of Round 1; at the fourth and final corner you will find your original chain 2: work 1 half-double crochet into the first chain, and then work a single crochet into the second chain.

Round 3 & 4: Repeat Round 2; after the final single crochet of Round 4, finish off your yarn and weave in your ends. YOU. ARE. DONE!  

Love the half-double crochet afghan border -- simple, clean, and contemporary. | Crochet Along Afghan Sampler from The Inspired Wren


THANK YOU

I'm going to go ahead and shoot myself out of a cannon in celebration for you! For me! For all of us! I'm so glad you stuck with me on this crochet-along, through delays and misprints and all. Thank you with all sincerity. 

Gorgeous! Contemporary Crochet Afghan Sampler | The Inspired Wren




FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Looking for the rest of the squares? Click on the Crochet Along tab a the top of this site!
Other questions? Size? Rows? Border Count? Visit Frequently Asked Questions!



Ren Murphy writes for The Inspired Wren.

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11 comments:

  1. thankyou for this afghan. I have really enjoyed the challenge of learning new stitches! Now am happy with my afghan. What is next???
    Claire

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  2. I have found your blog 3 days ago and started! Just 12 squares to go. I realy like the patterns. It,s a beautyfull blanket. Thank you for the inspiration!
    Natasja

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  3. I just saw this Afghan Sampler project and want to thank you for all of the work you did to make this available to us. It has definitely given me inspiration, and will be my first project of 2016. Thank you so much! Happy New Year!

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  4. Just found this and I can't wait to start!

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  5. This looks amazing! I'm thinking of doing it for 2016! How did your yarn totals work out in the end? Were two skeins of each color enough as you estimated in the first post?

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  6. Love this! i think I will make one for 2016!

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  7. I'm excited to start this project for 2016. Thank you!

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  8. I have been inspired to pick up my grandmothers crochet hooks and make this myself. I'm based in the UK and have a question did you still only need 3 skeins of wool per colour? or did you have to order more? I'm having to convert all weights from oz to grams.

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  9. Me encanta! !
    Felicidades realmente esta hermoso.

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  10. Me encanta! !
    Felicidades realmente esta hermoso.

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  11. Hello Ren,
    your pages for this crochet along are wonderful and very inspiring! Thanks a lot. I am referring to your pages for a project, we are planing as a gift for our teacher.
    Thank you

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