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Use Treble Crochet to Create 2-Color Decorative Shells
This free crochet edging pattern creates a decorative ruffled edge worked in two different colors. It is perfect for baby blankets, but it can also be used on any other project where you want a distinctive border. Work it as a single row across one edge of a project (such as a pillowcase) or all the way around the border of a square/rectangular design as shown in the instructions.Continue to 2 of 18 below.
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Materials You'll Need
This crochet border requires that you have a project that needs an edging, two colors of yarn, and a crochet hook.
The yarn should be the same weight as the yarn used in the body of the project; amounts vary depending on the size of your project. The two colors should complement each other as well as the color used in the main project. The crochet hook should be the same size as that used in the project, a size suited to the weight of the yarn.
The example in this project is a small double crochet project, two colors of worsted weight yarn, and a size H crochet hook.Continue to 3 of 18 below.
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Join Yarn and Begin Making the Border
Join yarn in the first stitch of the row, at the top right corner if you're right-handed. Chain 3, which counts as a double crochet.
Note: Your corners for this project will consist of the following stitches: sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc. As you will see when we get to the next corner, they may all be worked in the same stitch or they may span two to three stitches around the corner. This adjustment is made because each crochet project will have different lengths. We begin here with a dc, which is the middle of the first corner.Continue to 4 of 18 below.
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Half Double Crochet
Half double crochet in next stitch, continuing to build the first corner.Continue to 5 of 18 below.
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Begin Single Crochet Stitches
Work single crochet stitches in each of the next five stitches.Continue to 6 of 18 below.
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First Treble Crochet Shell
It is time to make your first crochet shell. To do this, work five treble crochet stitches all into the next stitch.Continue to 7 of 18 below.
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Continue Pattern Across Row
Repeat steps 5 and 6 across the row until you reach the next corner. In other words, work (single crochet in the next 5 stitches then 5 treble crochet in next stitch) across the row.Continue to 8 of 18 below.
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Create Your First Full Corner
It is time to create your first corner. If you have already reached the corner stitch, then you will work the following all into the corner: sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc.
In many cases, the count doesn't work out perfectly, so you will need to cheat your corners a little bit. That's totally okay. The best way to cheat the corner is to single crochet to the corner after your final treble crochet shell. In other words, end the row with treble crochet and as many single crochet stitches as it takes to get to the corner, whether that's more or fewer than the 5 sc you would normally have after a treble crochet shell.
The other option is to extend the corner over a few stitches, working the five stitches (sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc) across two to three stitches around the corner. Play around with the options to see what you prefer.Continue to 9 of 18 below.
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Row 1, Side 2 of Treble Crochet Border
Once you've created your first corner, you will repeat step 7 across the second side. Our example has a short border, so it's just 5 sc, 1 treble crochet shell, 5 single crochet and we're already at our next corner. Blankets and other long projects will, of course, have many more repeats of the pattern.Continue to 10 of 18 below.
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Complete the Next Corner
You're basically just continuing the pattern all the way around your project at this point. So, complete your next corner following the instructions and tips in step 8.Continue to 11 of 18 below.
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Continue Around the Border
Repeat step 7 to create the third side of round 1.
Repeat step 8 to create the third corner of round 1.
Repeat step 7 to create the final side of round 1.Continue to 12 of 18 below.
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Finish Your Starting Corner for Round 1
The last thing that you need to do for round 1 is to complete the final corner, which you began in Step 3. This corner, like all of the others, will consist of sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc. However, you already completed the last half of that, so all that you need to do now is crochet sc, hdc then slip stitch to the top of the dc to close the round. Finish off and weave in ends.Continue to 13 of 18 below.
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Join Yarn to Begin Round 2
Switch to your second color. Join your yarn in the third sc of any 5 sc between two full treble crochet shells. (Most people join in the center single crochet after the first treble crochet shell they created in round 1.)Continue to 14 of 18 below.
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First Treble Crochet Shell of Round 2
You will create your first shell of the new round. Chain 4 (counts as first treble crochet) and work 4 more treble crochet in the same stitch.Continue to 15 of 18 below.
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Single Crochet Around Shell
Single crochet in each stitch until you reach the third stitch of the next set of 5 sc. (In most cases, this is going to be ten single crochet stitches in a row. However, because of the possibility of "cheating your corners," it may not always be ten stitches. It is most important to always place the treble crochet shells of round 2 in between those of round 1. The exact number of single crochet stitches in between them is less important.) Work this pattern across the row until you reach your corner.Continue to 16 of 18 below.
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Create Your Round 2 Crochet Corners
To work the corners of round 2, you will crochet two single crochet stitches in each of the 5 stitches that make up the corner (for a total of 10 sc stitches in each corner).Continue to 17 of 18 below.
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Continue Pattern Around
Continue working this pattern around. Work one treble crochet shell (5 tr in the same stitch) in the center stitch between the shells of round 1. Work single crochet stitches between each of these treble crochet shells in round 2. Work 2 sc stitches in each st of the corners.Continue to 18 of 18 below.
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Close Round 2 and Complete Edging
Working the pattern all the way around, you will find yourself completing single crochet stitches then ending at the first treble crochet shell of the round. Slip stitch to the top of the chain 4 to close the round. Finish off and weave in ends. Your decorative two-color treble crochet shell border is complete.