This simple moss stitch border adds a touch of soft texture to any project. It’s perfect for framing afghans of all sorts without distracting from the main piece.
It’s extremely flexible! You can start with any four sided piece with any stitch count and you can repeat the pattern to make as wide or narrow of a border as you like.
Pattern written in US crochet terms
Skill level: beginner
Gauge: not important
Hook size: use a hook that is one size up from your main afghan
Yarn: use the same type of yarn that you used for your main afghan
- Starting with a stitch count of an odd number of stitches is ideal, but not required. If you have an even number of stitches on two or all four sides of your afghan after round 1, simply follow the instructions before round 2 to compensate for this.
- If you’ve already made a base round on your afghan you can choose to skip round 1 which is just a plain round of sc.
- This pattern ends with a simple round of single crochet. You can leave the edge plain or you can add a fancy crochet edge. The choice is yours!
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- ch – chain
- r(#) – round number
- sc – single crochet
- sk – skip
- slst – slip stitch
- sp – space
- st– stitch
- yo – yarn over
Begin with an odd number of stitches on any size 4-sided piece. If you have an even number of stitches work round 1 and then follow the instructions before round 2.
Use a hook that is one size larger than the hook you used to make your squares.
Round 1: Work the following on each of the next 4 sides, on the first repeat make the first sc a standing sc and start in any corner ch2 sp: (sc, ch2, sc) in corner ch2 sp, sc in each st across side. Slst to first sc to join, slst into next ch2 sp.
Note: If you have an even number of stitches on a side, in round 2 you will not have a stitch to skip at the end of that side. Ignore that. Sc in the last stitch of the side, ch1, and don’t worry about not having a stitch to skip per the instructions. Move right into working your corner stitches. This will compensate for the stitch count and you will hardly be able to see the fix.
Round 2: Ch1. Work the following on each of the next 4 sides: (sc, ch2, sc) in corner ch2 sp, ch1, sk next st, [sc in next st, ch1, sk next st] repeat across side. Slst to first sc to join, slst into next ch2 sp.
Round 3: Ch1. Work the following each of the next 4 sides: (sc, ch2, sc) in corner ch2 sp, ch1, sk next st, [sc in next ch1 sp, ch1, sk next st] repeat across side. Slst to first sc to join, slst into next ch2 sp.
Repeat round 3 until desired size is reached.
Final Round: Ch1. Work the following on each of the next 4 sides: (sc, ch2, sc) in corner ch2 sp, sc in each ch1 sp and st across side. Slst to first st to join. Fasten off.
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