Well here we are at last! All seamed up and ready to work the edging. Does your afghan look something like this?
The edging is like the icing on the cake and every edging should add that extra special touch. Our edging will start off simply but becomes more lacy (but not difficult) as we progress.
The first round is sc. This is often the basis for an edging because it evens out the rough edges and creates a frame to build upon.
We’ve given you the exact number of stitches to work for the first round but for those of you who had tension issues and had to add or subtract more stitches or rows to get the right size square – here’s a tip. You may need more or fewer stitches than called for but as long as you end up with an odd number of stitches between your corner sc’s on the first round your edging will work out fine. Try to have the same number of stitches on each long side of the afghan and the same number on each short side because that will help your second round to look balanced. Be careful to work fairly evenly across your squares (more or less the same number of stitches for each square) otherwise your edging may start to ruffle (too many sc) or bunch up and pull in (too few sc.) Remember to work 3 sc in each corner stitch. At the end of this round, fasten off and join Contrast C for the 2nd round.
The second round consists of dc’s and chains. This is how it will look. Fasten off at the end of this round also.
For the third round we’re going back to Contrast A and working another round of sc. Don’t fasten off at the end of this round though because we’re doing the 4th round with the same color.
The stitch we’re going to use for the fourth round is a variation of the lazy shell. It’s called lazy because it lies on its side instead of standing up straight. It consists of one sc, ch 3, and a dc2tog all worked into the same sc made in the previous round. This is how to make it. Fasten off Contrast A at the end of this round.
The fifth and final round uses chains and sc. I’m sure you can all handle this one on your own but here it is anyway.
I’ll see you back here next week for the final installment – a photo of the finished afghan and some tips on professional finishing.
Don’t forget about the Contest! We’re awarding one person who completed the afghan with the yarn and pattern to make the Bernat afghan of their choosing. The Project may be made with yarn of your choice. Email or mail a photo of your completed project to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry must include the entrant’s name, contact information (name, phone number, address, and email), and a complete list of the yarn(s) and shades used. Only completed Projects will be considered. Check out the contest rules for all of the details.
Even if you aren’t entering the contest, we’re excited to see photos of your afghans – submit them to Crochetalong@bernat.com. Happy crocheting!
Stay tuned on the blog after the CAL is over – our regular bloggers are taking over with some amazing new projects using Bernat yarns and patterns.