After searching and searching for a border I liked, I finally just made up something. I needed the border to be simple, but interesting. I think this fit the bill:
My border was made thus (to the best of my ability to remember and see what I did):
First, with the lighter variegated gray, I slip-stitched a foundation row down both sides of the blanket, taking care to crochet into only one loop for a smoother look on the "back side". Note: the ends of the blanket don't require a foundation row - and in my opinion, you don't want to do a foundation row on the top and bottom edges or you'll have a thicker border there - because the slip stitches virtually disappear along the sides when you single crochet into them.
Then I did a round of single crochet stitches all the way around. It appears that I did 3 sc's in each corner - my goal here was to just create a pleasing shape at each corner, so I suggest doing whatever number of sc's does that for you.
Then I did a round of half-double crochets in every single crochet stitch, making 4 or 5 hdc's in each corner (again, whatever number created a pleasing shape around the corner).
Finally, for the last round, I switched colors to the darker gray and crocheted around the hdc's of the row below - alternating front-post double crochet stitches and back-post double crochet stitches (just to provide a bit of textural interest) doing 5 dc's in each corner. Note: I had to fudge a couple of times as I approached the corners. The best look here is to do a front-post double crochet bordering both sides of the 5 dc's in each corner. Here's a super close-up of the corner detail:
And that's it! Super simple. It feels like the perfect border for my Alley Cat Blanket. Simple, but full of texture.
This was a stash-buster for me and the yarns I used were:
Premier Dream in Baby Fern
Red Heart Super Saver in Dove (the variegated gray)
Vanna's Choice in Charcoal Grey
Vanna's Choice in White
I love this blanket and can imagine making more (it's so easy and gratifying). And I really love having discovered a new way to make a foundation row around the blanket before adding the border. I look forward to using this technique in some of my future (multi-colored) blankets. If you missed it above, there is a link to a video tutorial in last week's post showing this slip-stitch border-foundation row technique.
It's the beginning of the Uwila Shawl. So far, it's working up perfectly. I think I'm about half-way (row-wise) to the cabled owl border. I say "row-wise" because as a crescent shaped shawl, the rows are getting longer and longer, and it's going to just get slower and slower to complete those rows. I've got a feeling this could take a while...
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