It’s all about edgings this week! Will you choose a ruffle, a bobble or a simple straight edge? Kate Eastwood has some lovely ideas for finishing your shawls!
I can’t believe we’re already nearing the end of the Spring Sampler Shawl CAL. This has been the first one that I have been involved in and I have loved every minute. It’s been wonderful to follow your progress and I hope that you have all enjoyed it as much as I have.
Today we will be working on the final touches to your shawl by finishing off the edges with a border. I really enjoy this part of any crochet project as everything that you have worked so hard on suddenly all seems to come together!
I have included instructions for three different types of border so that you can choose the one you prefer:
Border 1 is a soft ruffle that is worked around the whole shawl.
Border 2 is a much simpler edging of several rounds of DC (SC US), again worked around the whole shawl, that gives the shawl a flat, crisp finish.
Border 3 is similar to Border 2 in that the main edging is rounds of DC (SC US), but to add detail, each of the two shawl ends are finished with a row of small bobble edging.
Border 1: Soft Ruffle Edging
Round 1: To begin the border work a round of DC (SC US) evenly all the way around the edge of your shawl, working 2 extra stitches at each corner. Sl St to join at the end of the round. Finish off here if you are working your ruffle in a different colour.
Round 2: Work a round of Rope stitch all the way around the edge of the shawl, join with a Sl St at the end of the round. Chain 1.
Round 3: Work a round of DC (SC US) over the top of Round 2, working 2 extra stitches at each corner. Join with a Sl St at the end of the round and chain 1.
Round 4: In this round you are going to increase the number of stitches so that the next few rounds will create a ruffle.
Working in to the back loop only,* DC 2 (SC US 2) in the next stitch, followed by 3DC (3SC US) in the next stitch.* repeat from * to * all the way around. Join with a Sl St at the end of the round and chain 1.
Rounds 5 to 8:
Now working in to both loops again as normal,continue working rounds of DC (SC US). Join each end of round with a Sl St and chain 1. On the final round, join with a Sl St and finish off. Sew in all the ends.
Border 2: Flat Edging
Round 1: To begin the border work a round of DC (SC US) evenly all the way around the edge of your shawl, working 2 extra stitches at each corner. Sl St to join at the end of the round. Chain 1.
Rounds 2 to 5: Working in one continuous colour or alternating with two colours, work 4 further rounds of DC (SC US) as for Round 1, working 2 extra stitches at each corner. Join the end of each round with a Sl St and chain 1 before starting the next round. Finish off and sew in the ends.
Border 3: Flat Edging with Bobble Edging
Rounds 1 to 5: Work as for Border 2. Finish off and sew in the ends.
Bobble edging: With the wrong side of the shawl facing you, re-join your yarn with a Sl St at the right hand corner of one of the ends.
*You are now going to work your first bobble in to this same stitch as follows: Yarn over and pull up 4 times. You now have 9 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all the loops on the hook. Sl St in to the next 2 stitches.*
Sl St in to the next stitch and repeat from * to * to the end of the row. As you work along the row you will see the bobbles forming on the right side of your work. Finish off and sew in the ends.
And that, my crochet friends, is it!
You did it ! After many loooonng rows of 300 stitches you did it and you should now have, in front of you, one very beautiful, handmade Spring Sampler Shawl. I very much hope you enjoyed this CAL, and for those of you who may be interested there will be one more follow-up post where I will be detailing how I adapted the shawl pattern to make a baby blanket.