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 do any math at all.

Single crochet border

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!

2. Crab Stitch Border

The crab stitch border is also very simple and it works with any stitch count. You can find a detailed tutorial (+ video) HERE, or for the more experienced crocheters, the pattern looks like this:

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

How to Crochet the Crab Stitch - Free Tutorial - Raffamusa Designs

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

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.

With a slight variation of row 2, this edging pattern can work for multiples of 5 and multiples of 6:

Row 1. Sc all around.
Row 2 for multiples of 5. (Sk 1, [dc 5] in the next st, sk 2, sl st 1 in the next st) all around.
Row 2 for multiples of 6. (Sk 2, [dc 5] in the next st, sk 2, sl st 1 in 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 slip stitch in the back loop of the first-made chain. It is a super 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. Repeat from * until you have 2 sts left. Then, sc 2.

Crochet a picot edging

5. Zig Zag Border

The Zig Zag border 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, the slip stitch/drop stitch border 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 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, 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, the around-the-post hdc cluster edging is very simple and classy! 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 1 in the first st, (sk 1, hdc 1 in the next st. Ch 2, [hdc 3] in the hole formed between the first sc and the post of the hdc. Sc 1 in 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* 1 in the next st, ch 1, sk 2, sl st 1 in the next st, ch 3, sl st 1 in 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 planning to use by leaving a comment below or showing me your work on Facebook and Instagram!

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9 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.

  2. Hello! I just followed your directions and put a zig zag border around my potholders and it was the perfect finish. Not too much, not too little. Thank you so much!

    • Hi, if your blanket already has a lot of colors, I would go for something easy, maybe just a couple of rounds of back loop only single crochet in a neutral color or in the same color as your joining (if it’s a visible join). Otherwise, you could crochet a few rounds using all the colors you have in the blanket and make a gradient from the lighter color to the darkest one!

  3. I used the triangle boarder. It was perfect for the baby blanket I made. I usually don’t use a pattern so I’m often looking for a boarder to compliment a blanket hat or sweater. Thank you, I will be using some of your other boarders.

  4. I am adding your HDC CLUSTER AROUND POST border for my Millstone blanket. It is just the perfect end for this gift for my friend who is going through chemo.
    Thanks for posting these. It is a remarkable gift to us hookers!

  5. So lovely to find such cute borders all in one place. I’ve just made a baby blanket for a friend’s granddaughter who is due in the next few weeks. I needed a border, and low and behold, the zig zag border is perfect. Thank you for all these simple but pretty borders.


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