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Technique Tutorial: Adding a Crochet Border to Knitting



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hi everyone and welcome to the tutorial

today I'm going to be demonstrating how

to add a crochet border to your knitting

there are lots of ways that we can

finish off our needle projects and more

often than not this is within the realms

of knitting techniques and stitches but

sometimes we want to add a crochet

border they look really great and

they're very very easy to work for this

technique you're going to need your

usage project that's all finished or

your swatch that you want to practice on

a crochet hook some yarn and of course

scissors to be able to cut your yarn the

yarn I'm using for the border is the

same weight of yarn as what I use for

this swatch so in this case I'm using a

DK slash 8 ply yarn the crochet hook is

a size larger than the needle size I

used to knit this swatch and that's

because my crochet atten is a lot

tighter than mine it attention and

really that's the trend with most people

and it's also just the nature of knitted

fabrics that they tend to be stretchier

and looser than crochet fabrics so I'm

going up a hook size to compensate for

the difference in tension you can choose

your hook size according to what your

individual tension is like you might

find that you're a very loose crochet

and you can get away with using the same

Cooke size is what the needle size was

for your knitting or you might find that

you're a very tight crochet and you

actually need to go up several hook

sizes to be able to match the tensions

you can just start working your border

and then assess how your knitted fabric

is sitting if it's flaring that sounds

like your hook size is probably too big

and so you can just undo what you've

done so far and then go down a hook size

if your fabric is puckering that sounds

like your hook size is too small so just

undo what you've done so far and then

make sure to go up the hook size let's

get started with our border alright so

I've got my knitted project my yarn and

my crochet hook and I'm going to start

by adding my border to a corner it

doesn't matter where you want to start

your border you can do it anywhere but I

find that if I do it at a corner it

really hides where the start was quite

and if I start from here it also means I

can show you right away how we ease our

crochet around a corner so I take the

hook

this was my bind off edge here I'll find

it a swatch and I'm going to insert the

hook through one of those bind off

stitches picking up both strands of the

stitch and then going to grab my yarn

wrap it around the crochet hook and then

draw the arm through that knitted stitch

which has secured the yarn to my

knitting I'm then going to create a

small chain because I'm using a treble

what would be in your key terms or

double in us a terms crochet stitch I

need to bring my hook up to the height

of what the other treble stitches are

and because this is my first stitch I

can do that through making a chain so

I've got this loop of yarn on the

crochet hook I then wrap the yarn around

the crochet hook again and draw it

through that loop that was on the

crochet hook so that's one chain there

then again wrap the yarn around the

crochet hook and draw it through the

loop so that's to chain and then wrap

the yarn around the crochet hook again

and draw it through the loop again and

then that's three chain and now I can

actually start my crochet stitch so

before a treble for UK or WUSA I need to

wrap my yarn around the crochet hook and

then I insert it into the next stitch of

my knitting and this stitch is a little

tight so you do have to force it a bit

but once you've popped the hook through

you'll be able to get it back out again

then wrap the yarn around the crochet

hook again and draw this loop through

the knitted fabric so I now have three

loops on my crochet hook wrap the yarn

around the crochet hook again and bring

it through two of those loops there you

go and then we wrap the yarn around the

crochet hook again and again bring

through two loops like so now we're at

the corner so we're going to do that

again so we're going to do it three

times into the same corner stitch so

wrap the yarn around the crochet hook

and insert into the corner wrap the yarn

around the crochet hook again and draw a

loop through wrap the yarn around the

crochet hook again and bring through two

loops wrap the yarn around the crochet

hook again and bring through two loops

and now inserting into the same spot so

wrap around the crochet hook wrap around

the crochet hook bring it through wrap

around bring it through two loops wrap

around bring it through two loops and

there I've done two treble / double

stitches into that same corner one more

wrap around and set into the same spot

wrap around wrap around and bring

through two loops wrap around and bring

through two loops and then we've done 3

treble / double stitches into the one

corner and that is is the border around

the corner and now we're just going to

go down the straight side so just keep

doing those treble stitches wrap around

and wrap around through 2 wrap around

through 2 wrap around and insert into

the next stitch so I'm just picking up

each of these edge stitches up around

through 2 around through 2 so hopefully

see it's super easy to do this I just

keep going into the next edge stitch

pick out both strands of it wrap around

through 2 wrap around through 2 I'll

just do one more and then show you how

this is looking

around through to wrap around through -

there we go so I'm just going to keep

going along this edge picking up each

edge stitch for each crochet stitch that

I'm working I'll come to this corner and

I'll once again work 3 crochet stitches

into the one corner stitch then this was

my cast on edge I'm going to pick up

each cast on stitch and work a crochet

stitch into each of those come to the

corner work through crochet stitches

into there

come up this edge working a crochet

stitch into each egg stitch once again a

corner work three crochet stitches into

that and then I'll come along my bind

off edge and I'll get to my starting

point and then I'll show you how to join

the final treble slash double stitch

into this chain I just wanted to mention

quickly as I work it that you might

notice how neat this edge is here in my

garter stitch and that's because I

worked it as a slip stitch edging and it

looked the same on the other side as

well

so to do this at the end of every right

side row I've slipped my final stitch

knitwise with the yarn in back then at

the start of my wrong side row I pulled

that stitch and then at the end of my

wrong side where I've slipped the vinyl

stitch purlwise with the yarn in front

and at the start of the right-side row I

knit that stitch and it's created this

effect that looks a little bit like a

chain with all these veer stitches and

it's making it really easy to crochet

into the edging because all I have to do

is pick up that edge stitch and it's so

easy to work my crochet stitch into it

now if you hadn't worked a slip stitch

edging you can still absolutely add a

crochet border but it's a little bit

more of a guess where to insert your

crochet hook into the fabric so you just

have to sort of be consistent where you

poke it through and the slip stitch

edging just does make everything a

little bit easier we also wanted to

mention that you can absolutely

substitute our other crochet patterns

for your border so as I said a few times

I'm using a treble / double crochet

stitch you could do something that's

shorter than this you could use

something that's taller than this you

could use something that's much more

decorative than this as well basically

what you need to do is if it's a crochet

stitch that would ask you if you were

working crochet to insert your hook into

each of the crochet stitches that's the

row below the one you're currently

working that you then just keep

inserting your crochet hook into each

edge stitch or knit stitch of the cast

on bind off if it was something where it

says two let's say you were doing like a

filigree sort of crochet where you

actually

create gaps you then just have to skip

the number of edge stitches or cast on

slash bind off stitches that it's asking

you to skip as equivalent of crochet

stitches so that might all sound really

complicated if you're fairly new to

crochet so if you are I'd recommend just

sticking with something that's quite

simple like this where you just insert

your crochet hook into each stitch on

the edge and work each stitch as it

comes if you are more prolific as a

crochet err then absolutely go crazy and

put in as decorative a border as you

want okay so I've completed my circuit

around my piece of knitting I am back at

my starting point so here is the chain

that I worked first just here and here

is my final treble stitch and you can

see how my border looks it's flaring

just a little bit but hopefully you

cannot see how much stretch there is

left in this knitted fabric so when I

block this I can definitely block it so

that the tensions are matching each

other and there won't be any flaring in

the crochet border and those edges are

going to sit beautifully and I've worked

my three trebles into each corner which

has eased the border around those spots

really nicely too so the only thing I

have left to do is to finish off and

secure my work and to do that I'm going

to insert my crochet hook into the top

of the three chain so make sure that the

flat smooth V side of the chain is

facing you and it hasn't flipped around

so you've got the knotted and bumpy side

and the top chain is where my finger now

my thumb fingernail is just here because

you can tell that the next stitch would

be the top of the treble stitch so we

want to insert into the chain and I take

my crochet hook and I insert it directly

through the middle which will pick up a

strand I haven't wrapped my yarn around

the hook at all

all I've got is my loop of yarn from the

last treble and now I've picked up a

strand of yarn from the chain and now I

will wrap my yarn around the hook and I

draw the yarn through both of the first

two loops that run the needle

so it goes through that one and then

that one and I've just joined that

really neatly and that's fairly done all

I have to do now is secure this yarn so

I'll pull the loop of yarn that's on the

crochet hook wide pull my own through it

and then pull that loop really tight to

secure it and then I'll just cut my yarn

and weave in my tail and that is how we

crochet a border around a piece of

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