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anna1222
01-23-2011, 02:15 PM
Hello All,

I'm new to crochet. I've made my first dishcloth and I would like to add a border/edging. I see how I can pick up the top and bottom stitches to add a border, but not the sides - the stitches aren't uniform. Maybe I'm doing something wrong when I turn my piece?

Thanks,
Anna

http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/1958/img4479s.jpg

http://img29.imageshack.us/img29/8929/img4486m.jpg

MGM
01-23-2011, 07:16 PM
No no no! You're not doing anything wrong! Your project looks great! :inlove:

I would suggest working one round of single crochet around the whole thing before working any kind of decorative border. This will give you a uniform base to work in. Just work a single crochet into the end of each row. If it seems to buckle, then skip a row every third or fourth stitch and see if that helps to flatten it out. Make sure you work three single crochets into each corner on each round too!

My favorite border for a dishcloth or blanket or afghan is reverse single crochet, and I have a video showing how to do it HERE (http://www.hookedonneedles.com/2008/08/reverse-single-crochet-border.html). But if you want to try something else, you can find other border designs in THIS LIST (http://www.hookedonneedles.com/2008/07/time-to-get-organized-crochet.html) of crochet posts.

Hope this helps.

MGM

anna1222
01-24-2011, 10:18 PM
Awesome!! Thank you SO much for your help! Greatly appreciated!

Little Audrey
02-25-2011, 12:22 PM
My granny taught me to crochet a series of chain loops (ch3,sc around with sc,ch3,sc in same st in corners) and then work sc all around this "lacey" edge when my edges were uneven.

CaptainHook
04-28-2011, 03:29 AM
anna, what everyone said, with my usual observation that there is a lot of jazz in crochet of this sort. Whatever you do on the "vertical" sides (in your photo), in terms of number and types of stitches, just be consistent. Look at those end-row stitches, and if you poke edging stitches into say a DC in two particular places, poke them all that way. That way each end-row stitch will have a nice uniform relationship to the edge stitches you add.

I too like to start with a row of SC or HDC, usually in the same color as the body of a cloth, then add a contrasting border. That gives you a nice even invisible matrix to work the border into!