Sunday, 3 June 2018

How to add a simple shell border to a granny square baby blanket - Crochet Tutorial

A pretty shell border is the perfect way to finish off a crochet project.  You can use it to edge a blanket, a hat or even the cuff of a sleeve...

Simple Shell Edging

US Terms

dc - double crochet
sc - single crochet
sl st - slip stitch
ch - chain
sp - space

Adding your border to a granny square...

Starting on any odd numbered round, join your yarn with a sc, 3 spaces to the right of any corner,

then work 7 dc into the next sp...

...and sc in the next sp.

Now working into the corner sp.  Into this and every corner make 9 dc...

...and then a sc into the next sp.

Continue in this fashion around your granny square

until you get back to the beginning.  Join with a sl st to you starting sc.

A row of simple shells makes a great edging for a baby blanket...

...and I'm sure you can thing of many other uses for this pretty stitch.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

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  1. I love shell borders! Thank's for the clear pictures of how to add it easily!
    By the way: love the color combination of that blanket, once again :-)

  2. Wonderful tutorial. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Beautiful blog and crochet!! Lovely colours!
    Have a nice day!

  4. Thankyou. I used this way but used 9 instead of 7. It turned out amazing.

    1. Thanks Kerry, I'd love to see your crochet why not join my Facebook Group and show off your work...

  5. Love this border! So easy and adds the prettiest touch. Thank you for sharing.

  6. I’ve tried this border before and it was fine. This time I wind up with a shell in the last space before the corner when it should be a single crochet. I’ve counted it three times. Why isn’t it working out correctly.

    1. Hi Deelawr, it sounds like you are trying to add your border to an even numbered round. The border can only be added to an odd numbered round. So you can either add one more round or pull one out and then your border should work. Another possibility is that you made a mistake and missed some stitches out. I hope this helps...

  7. Thank you for the wonderful pattern I luv a shell border. I'm making a baby blanket for my great niece and hope she luvs her blanket.

    1. Thank you. I'm sure your niece will love it...

  8. I have a question! Okay, my granny square blanket looks like your pattern, but all of my edges are even numbered??? If you increase by even numbers each round won’t it always be even?? I’m confused ����‍♀️ Help!!! Lol

    1. Hi Crochetmama. You don't need to count stitches on your edges. Round 1 is an odd round, round 2 is an even round, round 3 is an odd round and so on. It is the number of the round you are counting not the stitches along the edge. I hope that makes sense...

  9. Omg, I feel so silly now lol thank you!!!

    1. No need to feel silly. Good luck with your blanket.