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The Sunburst Crochet Along: Preparing Your Crochet For A Border

2021-05-22 | 07:00:00

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Welcome to part three of the Sunburst Crochet Along. It’s time to discuss borders. As usual in crochet preparation is key! Getting your crochet project, in this case the Sunburst Blanket, ready for a crochet border only takes a small amount of time, but means your blanket will be neat and tidy at the edges. Let’s get started on preparing your crochet for a border.

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As always, I wanted to quickly mention that just because the blog covers crochet borders and preparation this does not mean that you need to be at this step already. At its heart this CAL is about community and crochet. There are no goals or deadlines. As long as you’re enjoying the process then you’re doing perfectly.

Because this is a Mix & Match CAL…you get to choose your favourite border. But don’t worry, these tips on preparing your crochet for a border are easily adaptable for whatever border style you choose.

If you need a quick reminder about what a CAL is….here you go!


A CAL or crochet along is where a group of people work on a large pattern or series of smaller patterns together. The pattern is released in segments, one video and blog post weekly, and there’s a space to chat about your progress, get help and generally enjoy the community feel of a group crochet project.

In the Sunburst Blanket Crochet Along the communal space will be the Cosy Club in the Bella Coco Crochet Club Facebook group. This happens at 12pm (UK time) on a Tuesday. Everyone is free to join in and crochet and chat with us.

As I’m currently looking after a tiny baby, Louise and Nicola from Team Bella Coco will be looking after you all and making sure you’re comfortable and enjoying the CAL.

If you want to catch up with the blog posts so far, click below:


Since we’re talking about borders….

While you’re preparing your crochet for a border, you might want to plan ahead and consider the type of border you want to use.

If you’d like a sneaky hint on what’s coming up to help you pick a border for your blanket, you might wish to practice these stitches:

A swatch of moss stitch in aqua yarn is hanging from a line, clipped with wooden pegs.

Related Post: Moss Stitch

A swatch of camel stitch sits on a white surface. The yarn used is pale, icy blue and the stitches are plump and defined.
Camel Stitch

Related Post: Camel Stitch

A sunburst blanket made in white, lilac, aqua and pink yarn lays draped over a wooden fence.

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8th May – The Sunburst Pattern video and blog along with ALL the details you need for the CAL.

11th May – Cosy Club CAL session with Louise.

15th May – Joining video and blog. This will cover Mattress Stitch, Whip Stitch and Invisible Stitch.

18th May – Cosy Club CAL session with Nicola.

22nd May – Prepping border video and blog.

25th May – Cosy Club CAL session with Louise.

29th May – Camel Stitch Border video and blog. 

1st June – Cosy Club session with Nicola.

5th June – Moss Stitch Border video and blog.

8th June – Cosy Club session with Louise.


The Sunburst Blanket Crochet Along will be running from May 8th-30th June. It’s a very casual affair – while the videos will be uploaded weekly, there’s no limit or pressure on how much, or how little, you manage each week. It’s all about feeling calm after all!

There will be weekly check-ins every Tuesdays at 12pm (UK time) on the Cosy Club post at Bella Coco Crochet Facebook group. I’d love to see your progress shots as well as chat about your week and the pattern together.



Yarn: Aran/Worsted weight yarn in four different colours. The amount you need will vary on your personal gauge and the size of the blanket you are making.

In the Sunburst Blanket Crochet Along videos I used: Caron Simply Soft in OrchidSoft GreenLight Country Peach and Off White.

These stitch samples were made in bright colours so that you can see the different stitches. When made using similar colours they will not be this visible. I just wanted you to be able to see clearly!

The beautiful blanket that you can see in the photographs used in this blog was made by my amazing test crocheter Emma and uses Stylecraft Aran in WisteriaDuck EggPale Rose and Cream.

Hook: 5mm

A line is strung across a white room, floral bobbins with white, lilac, aqua and peach yarn are clipped to it with wooden pegs.

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Written in UK terms.


To prepare for a border, it’s important that you create an even base to work your border stitches into. For this, I suggest using the same colour that you have used for the main body of your work. If you have used multiple colours, you can select either the most used colour or the one which you feel will complement the border colour.

In my video example, I have used a contracting colour so that you can better see the stitches.

As a general rule when working down raw edges/row ends:

Work 1 dc in a dc row.

Work alternate 2 dc and 1 dc in a half treble row.

Work 2 dc in a treble row.

For the corners, you can work 3 dc marking the 2nd stitch with a stitch marker.


You can work dc, ch 2, dc (this method will create a gap at the corner).

Which ever chosen is down to personal preference.

Always check that you have been constant in the amount of stitches you have placed down each edge.

Once you have created this base, you can then move on to selecting your border.

Join the Bella Coco Crochet Club on Facebook. It’s a friendly, helpful place to get tips and share your makes with others!



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