9 Quick & Easy Crochet Borders [in Just 2 Rows]

Have you just made a beautiful crochet blanket, potholder, or another crochet project, and now you’re drawing a blank about how to finish it up with proper edging?

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And let’s say you’re somehow impatient to move on to your next pattern, so you are looking for a really quick and easy border idea that still looks great!

I’ve been there! Several times.

And I have scoured the internet extensively looking for crochet border patterns. There are so many options out there that it’s easy to get lost!

So, I made my own collection of crochet borders that are very simple, yet pleasing to the eye!

For all the edging patterns that I am sharing in this post, you will need to crochet just two rows. The first row is always a single crochet one, while the second row varies from border to border.

One thing that I like about these borders is that you can easily adapt them. Whether your item is in one solid color or in multiple colors, these borders will perfectly fit your project.

Since I used all these borders for my Farmhouse Potholders, you can see what they look like in action! I’ll give you the specific link for each one of them.

1. Single Crochet Border

This is the easiest border you can think of. Both rows are worked in single crochet. You do not have any stitch count limitations, so it is great when you do not want to work any math at all!

You can see this border in action in the Rooster Potholder!

One interesting variation that works great for blankets is to crochet the second row in the back loop only! This is something I did for my Bee Granny Square Blanket!

Single crochet border

2. Crab Stitch Border

This is also a very simple border that you can use on any project. It will work on any stitch count and the pattern looks like this:

Row 1. Sc all around.
Row 2. Crab stitch all around.

You can see this crochet border in the Pig Potholder pattern!

Crab stitch crochet borders and edgings

3. Shell or Scallop Border

Crochet shells are always very cute and versatile. They look great on a number of projects, from blankets to garments, and from kitchen towels to spa sets.

This edging pattern works in multiples of 5!

To make this border, follow this pattern:

Row 1. Sc all around.
Row 2. (Sk 1 st, [dc 5] into the next st. Sk 1 and sl st into the next st) all around.

You can see it in action in the Goose Potholder.

Shell or Scallop crochet border

4. Picot Border

To make a picot, you simply chain 3 and then, slip stitch in the back loop of the first chain you made.

It is such a simple stitch for such an elegant result!

For my Cow Potholder, I worked up a crochet picot border that could work well for multiples of 5.

Row 1. Sc all around.
Row 2. (Sc 2, [sc 1, picot 1, sc 1] all in the same st) all around.

Crochet a picot edging

5. Zig Zag Border

The Zig Zag border is very simple and looks great on many different projects, such as baskets, potholders, dishcloths, but also blankets, etc.

It’s more or less as “bulky” as the Crab Stitch border, but it creates a sort of braid around your crochet piece.

Moreover, unlike the crab stitch, it’s crocheted in the right direction!

Row 1. Sc all around.
Row 2. [Sl st 1, ch 1] in each st all around.

Crochet Zig Zag Border - Raffamusa Designs

6. Slip Stitch and Drop Stitch Border

Even simpler than the single crochet border, you can finish up your project with this easy slip stitch/drop stitch border.

This is perfect when you do not want to add much width or height to your crochet piece but still want a finished look.

I used this border for my Pumpkin Potholder!

I adjusted the pattern so that it worked for multiples of 3, but you can vary the spacing between drop stitches to make it work for your specific stitch count.

Row 1. Sc all around.
Row 2. (Sl st 2, drop st 1) all around.

Slip stitch/drop stitch crochet border

7. Triangle Border

For my Bee Potholder, I chose a delicate and natural border that looks like many little triangles.

This border pattern works for multiples of 5.

Row 1. Sc around.
Row 2. (Sc 1, hdc 1, dc 1, tr 1, ch 3 and sl st into the next st). Repeat all around.

triangle crochet borders and edgings

8. Around the Post Hdc Clusters

Mainly consisting of half double crochet stitches, this edging is very simple and beautiful! You can see this border in action in the Horse Potholder.

Half double crochet clusters around the post

This border pattern works for multiples of 3.

Row 1. Sc all around.
Round 2. Sc in the first st, (sk 1, hdc into the next st. Ch 2, hdc 3 in the hole formed between the first sc and the post of the hdc. Sc into the next st) until the end.

Around the post hdc clusters

9. Puff Stitch Border

I made this border for my Farm Life Potholder. It is a combination of puffs and chains with a very rustic look to it. I would use this border for anything for the kitchen or the bath.

The stitch repeat works in multiples of 5.

Row 1. Sc all around.
Row 2. Ch 3, 1 puff* into the next st, ch 1, sk the next 2 sts, sl st into the next st, ch 3, sl st into the next st. Repeat around.

*Puff Stitch (Puff): (Yo, insert your hook into the indicated st and pull up a loop to the level of your work) three times. You should have 7 loops on your hook. Yo, pull through all 7 loops.

puff stitch crochet border

I hope you enjoyed this collection of crochet borders and edgings! Let me know which one you are going to use by leaving a comment below or showing me your work on Facebook and Instagram!

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3 thoughts on “9 Quick & Easy Crochet Borders [in Just 2 Rows]”

  1. I have just completed a lapghan and was looking for a nice border to finish it off. Was stoked to see your zig zag border as I had crocheted my squares together using the zig zag crochet joining stitch and didn’t know I could have a matching border. It was really easy to do and the perfect way to edge the blanket. Thank you.

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