Crocheted Scalloped Border Tutorial

How to crochet an easy scalloped border
1. Start where you are *or* slip stitch, then single crochet into same space.
Double crochet into second stitch from hook (call this stitch “home”).
It should look like this:
Make six more double crochet stitches into “home”.
After number seven, it should look like this:
Slip stitch into third stitch* from “home”…
…after which it should look like this (back where you started):
This gives you a very flat, even row of scallops.
To turn the corner: begin your scallop 2-3 stitches before the corner.
 (Yes, I know this takes a little planning or finagling.)
Start it just like a regular scallop, using the corner stitch as “home”.
A total of twelve  double crochets will be made into “home”.
Slip stitch into the third stitch around the corner from “home”.
And there’s your corner!
*Yes, I know that to be perfectly symmetrical you would slip stitch into the second stitch from home, but for some reason the scallops do not come out perfectly flat this way. Trust me. (Or try it yourself.)
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40 thoughts on “Crocheted Scalloped Border Tutorial

  1. Hello and greetings from Finland!

    Thank you very very much for this tutorial. I have now sat on front of my PC for quite a while and crocheted a border to my first ever crocheter blanket.

    Thanks again!

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  2. Thanks for this! Just a little confused… 😉 Do you sc to start every single scallop, or just the first one? Also, it would be handy if you showed a picture of what you meant by 'third stitch from “home”' (you do show the hook in, a top view, but it would be useful to see exactly which stitch it's going into first). Still, I'm sure I can muddle through – thank you again!

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  3. Jennifer:

    Sorry, I probably should have left out the comma: “Start where you are *or* slip stitch, then single crochet into same space”, meaning either (1) start where you are OR (2) slip stitch then sc into the same space. Thus, you would not always start with a sc.

    As far as sl st into third st from “home”, that just means start at the stitch that you have made 7 dc into and count three stitches forward. Sl st into that st.

    I'm away from home so I can't post any more pictures today but I might be able to do it after we get home.

    Hope that helps!

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  4. Christ is Risen!
    Matushka what a lovely surprise to meet you!
    I was looking for a simple crochet border for a little gift I am making for a true sister in the Lord, orthodox also, spiritual daughter of the Fathers at Essex monastery in England. I can't wait to tell her the border comes from you, she'll love everything about it!
    asking you for your prayers,
    Valentina in Cyprus
    🙂
    looking forward to visiting you again soon!

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  5. I got to my second edge when I realized that I my border is backwards. I wish I knew that I should be working with the back part of the blanket facing towards me.

    Thanks for your blog. And thanks for the pattern.

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  6. ecoage, I suppose it depends on what side of the scallops you want to look at! 🙂 When I crocheted the scallops as shown above I had the right side facing me. If you prefer the look of the other side of the scallops, then crochet them with the wrong side facing.

    Pennyhoney, I'm sorry they curled up! The first thought that comes to mind is that you may be a tighter crocheter than most (or at least tighter than I am). Try crocheting a little looser, or add a dc to the mix (8 dc per scallop instead of 7). Let me know if that helps!

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  7. Yayyy!! Thank you for posting this. My grandma showed me how to do a scalloped edge border, but she said she just kind of “figured it out” on her own and it wasn't quite right or what I was looking for. This is perfect, and very easy to understand. Thanks again!

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  8. Thank you so much for posting this! I just finished my first granny square blanket and my mom suggested a scallop edge, but I wasn't sure how to do it. This is the PERFECT tutorial!! I love how it is turning out! The pictures are a huge help too. I've only been crocheting about a year and I'm a very visual person. 🙂

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  9. I've linked to this brilliant tutorial a few times now from my Facebook page (RainbowKnitsUK) and both my blogs. I love that although it doesn't look like it'll sit flat or symmetrically, it *does*. It's my go-to pattern for scallopped borders. Right now it's forming an edge on a little wrap I've knitted my 3 year old. Thanks for sharing it 🙂

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  10. This will be the perfect border for a combination car seat tent/stroller blanket. While I am here, I will give the instructions. The blanket is made with 6 inch African flower granny squares, 3 squares wide and 4 squares long. The border will be wide, about 4 inches. All together the blanket's dimensions are 26 inches wide X 32 inches long.

    For use in the stroller:
    In the middle row of 4 squares, the 3rd square will not be joined at the top and bottom. This will allow for center stroller strap to be threaded through the square and secured.

    For use as a car seat tent:
    In addition to the opening for the stroller center strap, there are holders to attach to the carrying bar, so that the blanket is like a tent. These are TWO crocheted rectangles with a buttonhole opening.
    Dimensions are: 9 inches X 2 1/2 inches, each. These are attached after the squares have been joined. They are attached between the second and third squares of the outside rows, sewn to the seam between the 2nd and 3rd squares. Sew the rectangle to the seam at 2 inches from the end of the rectangle. This is where the button is attached. At the opposite end, about 1 inch from the end is where the crocheted buttonhole is.
    The button may be plastic or crocheted.

    I like the 4 inch border, since it can be folded over at the top when used on the stroller.

    I have finished the squares. The woman will give birth any day now. Saw her this morning at church. What an incentive to finish the blanket! I don't know if I will block it. If it looks OK, I won't. It is Caron Simply Soft acrylic yarn that can be machine washed and dryed.

    When I'm finished with this one, there are two more growing tummies waiting in the wings.

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  11. file:///C:/Users/la4logwood/Pictures/Nikon%20Transfer/011iris/baby%20blanket.JPG
    Still wrong pic. Will try again tomorrow. It's worth the wait.

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  12. Thank you for the very easy edging.I have seen several others but they did not seem to fit when I tried.I plan to follow you in the future. Thank you again.
    God bless

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  13. Haha, yes, I can see the dilemma! I suggest you start just past the corner on a side. You would do an entire row (and get used to it) before coming to the first corner. Then, when you finish up you'll do that last corner, joining with your beginning stitch. Hope that helps!

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  14. How funny… I was looking for the pattern to add a scallop edge to a horse ear bonnet when I stumbled across your page here on a “random” Google search. My name is Nikoletta, you may recognize me from a comment I left recently on another blog of yours. Please pray for us! (Nikoletta, Christophoros, and Eirini). +++

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  15. I need a border for my 'shells” afghan and the pic. you have here looks perfect. You only tell how to do the scalloped edge though and I would like to do all that I see in the pic. to add width to my afghan. could you tell me the name of the stitch?? or how to do it?? thanks, susie

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  16. What you're looking at in the photos is actually just the scalloped edge against the blanket! But if you're trying to get that look, this is what I suggest: sc all around blanket; join; ch 4, dc in 2nd stitch from joining, *ch 1, dc in 2nd st* repeat around blanket [at the corners: dc in last st, ch 3, dc in 1st st of next side]; join; dc in each dc and ch [at corners 3 dc in 3 ch space]. Then start scallops. Hope that helps!

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  17. Beautiful! I'd like to try this type of scalloped edging on fabric. I'm thinking that if I first sew a blanket stitch around the edge to use as the base (and if I can get the spacing right!), this should be doable. 🙂

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