Your crochet, knitting and sewing projects will look chic, polished and sophisticated if you finish them well; and one of the best ways to accomplish that is to finish each appropriate piece off with a suitable border, trim or edging — perhaps around around the outer edge, or perhaps only on one or two sides. This sort of finish is recommended for many different types of projects, including blankets, throws, towels, linens, sheets, pillowcases, skirts, scarves, cowls and more.
There are numerous ways to work your edgings. If you want to work all the way around a square or rectangular piece, such as a tablecloth or blanket, you’ll need to use a pattern that includes corner instructions. Either that, or invent your own corner instructions — which is also a possibility.
If you just want to finish off one straight edge, for example the edge on a towel, sheet or pillowcase, you need edging instructions without corners.
Either way, we have some of both types of edging patterns for you to look at.
Crochet Edging Patterns With Corner Instructions
Pictured Above, From Left to Right:
- Easy Picot Stitch Edging — Works well for crocheting edgings on blankets, bedspreads, tablecloths, pillows, placemats, etc.
- Easy Lacy Shell Edging
- Simple Single Crochet Blanket Border
- Scalloped Crochet Edge With Corner — pictured on a rainbow granny square.
- Easy Treble Crochet Shell Stitch Edging in Two Colors: Free Pattern
Not Pictured: Slightly Scalloped Narrow Edging by Sandi Marshall, posted at her website. This design includes instructions for several slightly different corner variations.
Straight Crochet Edging Patterns Without Corners
There are 4 different variations of this edging pattern, and I’m sure you could think of others without too much effort. You can use this versatile design in a variety of ways: crochet it directly into fabric, for use on linens like dish towels, hand towels, bath towels, and sheets. There’s a version that curves, which would be suitable for use on round linens such as tablecloths and table centerpieces.
You can also work it as trim, where you begin the piece with a starting chain, then you sew the trim to the piece you want to use it on.
Additionally, you can work this edging onto crocheted pieces — perfect for using on projects like fingerless gloves or filet crochet curtain panels.
Corner instructions are not included, so this design doesn’t work for blankets, bedspreads or square / rectangular tablecloths — unless you want to get creative and come up with your own solution for turning the corner.
Out of all the trim patterns I have in my library, this one is one of my most frequently used patterns. It is incredibly useful for making quick embellishments for paper craft projects, knitted or crocheted pouches, baby projects, accessories or giftwrap. If you want to see some examples, click through to the pattern page; I’ve posted several pictures for you to take a look at.
This scalloped edging is suitable for working in rows or rounds. It’s a corner-less pattern that you can use for finishing off infinity scarves, traditional scarves, gloves or mittens, garments, linens or other projects.
Knit Edging Patterns
Vintage Victorian Era Knitted Edging Patterns From an 1884 Knitter’s Journal
A talented and generous knitter known as “VintageKathleen” owns a couple of rare treasures: they are antique notebooks filled with knitting patterns and samples. From this material, Kathleen has created knitting charts and patterns suitable for use by contemporary knitters. The links I’ve posted below will take you to these patterns, which are posted at Kathleen’s blog.
Sawtooth Garter Stitch Knitted Edging Pattern — This edging features a repeat of 10 rows, with each row being somewhere between 12 – 16 stitches wide.
Narrow Edging — This edging features garter stitch and spaced rows of eyelets.
Knitted Trimming — This lace trim curves, making it suitable for use around the edges of doilies or other round pieces.
Torchon Edge — This is a garter stitch edging featuring prominent diamond motifs, which are knit with eyelets.
Seed Point — This is a wide garter stitch edging pattern with a lacy scalloped lower edge accented with eyelets.
Torchon Lace — Similar to the “Seed Point” edging linked above.
Knitted Edging With Garter Stitch Diamonds and Eyelet Triangles — This edging features a sawtooth edge comprised of garter stitch squares turned at an angle to make diamonds.
Tunician Lace Edging — Not to be confused with Tunisian crochet, which is a whole different thing. This lace edging is a truly intriguing pattern. The lower edge is straight across, with no signs of scallops or waves or chevrons — yet the stitch count does vary; you’ll be working with anywhere from 15 – 20 stitches at any given time.
Simple Lace Knit Edging — This basic edging is unremarkable compared to some of the others, but it is a simple design that could come in handy for a wide variety of uses.
Shell Edging Pattern — This isn’t your typical shell pattern, which would usually be crocheted; this is an intriguing knitted shell pattern. The shells are gently cupped, and pleasantly textured, and the design incorporates eyelets for a lacy look. This is an unusual and interesting knitting pattern with many possible uses.
Narrow Vintage Lace Edging Pattern — This pretty little edging features larger-than-usual eyelets.
English Point Lace Edging Pattern — This is a gorgeous lace edging that includes asymmetrical eyelets that are lined up and slanted on the diagonal. The sawtooth lower edge compliments the look perfectly.
Straight Lace Edging — This design features a straight-across lower edge without scallops or chevrons. There’s faggoting across the upper edge, and a row of large eyelets below.
Double Diamond Lace Edging — This edging design is really similar to the Torchon Edge linked above.
Wide Knitted Lace — If you need a wide, hefty edging for one of your projects, this one is worth a look. When worked in fingering weight yarn, the width of this design is 5.75″.
Parisian Lace Edging — This vintage lace edging pattern features lots of interesting texture plus a gently scalloped lower edge.
Oak Leaf Edging — To my eyes, the motifs making up this asymmetrical edging looks more like citrus fruit wedges than like oak leaves. It could just be me…
3d Leaf Edging — This pattern features remarkable three-dimensional knitted leaf designs.
Vintage Scalloped Knit Edging — This edging pattern includes lacy eyelets and a scalloped lower edge.
Asymmetrical Knit Lace Pattern — This edging is similar in construction to the shell lace pattern linked above, but it lays flatter. The two designs look different enough that you shouldn’t have a hard time choosing between them. Personally, I prefer the other, but I can see that this one would have its uses too.
Rose Leaf Lace Edging — This is a busy knitted edging pattern, with lots to look at, and tons of texture.
Lemon Seed Lace — This gorgeous lace edging pattern is remarkable for its asymmetrical slanted motifs with large eyelets in the center of each. Below that, a gentle scalloped edge sets the motifs off beautifully. This edging also incorporates a row of diamond shapes, and pretty faggoting at the upper edge.
Smyrna Lace Edging — This is a a tasteful edging that will likely appeal to those with preppy sensibilities. The design consists of diamond motifs with additional eyelets knitted in chevron patterns.
Knife Pleated Edging — This is an unusual knitted edging that curves, although you may be able to block it straight if you like. This pattern could be useful for finishing off doilies or other round pieces.
Aunt Mary’s Lace — A gentle scalloped edging with a plain garter stitch upper edge and eyelet motifs clustered at the lower edge.
Narrow Sawtooth Knit Edging — This knitted edge consists of a toothed edge featuring sharp, jagged points — plus an interesting lacy texture.
French Lace — This wide scalloped design features a lower edge with lace holes that are slightly off-kilter.
Normandy Lace — This most prominent motif on this remarkable vintage lace design reminds me of a teardrop. The upper edge is plain and solid, and the teardrops are lacy and interesting.
Wheat Ear Lace — I can see how this narrow vintage edging got its name; the lace mottifs do resemble little ears of wheat. It looks like it would be an interesting pattern to knit.
Contoured Lace Edging With Leaf Motifs — Graceful textured leaves are the most prominent design element in this classic lace edging pattern.
Sea Shell Lace — I think perhaps the seashells in this edging are abstract, because they don’t look distinctly shell-like to my eyes.
Vintage Knitted Lace — This superb lace edging could provide a dramatic and tasteful finishing touch for many different sorts of projects. It’s an asymmetrical edging with interesting slanted elements.
Vintage Lace Edging for Either Thread or Yarn — This is an asymmetrical scalloped edging featuring a graceful, curving swirl knitted in eyelets on each scallop.
Knitted Ruching — This is a wide yet dainty lace edging with lots of eyelets and plenty of eye appeal.
Free Knit Edging Patterns From Lion Brand Yarns
Baby Lace Knitted Trim — This is a scalloped knitted trim with eyelet lace holes. It is a free, intermediate-level knitting pattern, posted at the Lion Brand yarns website. You’ll be unable to access this pattern, or most of their other patterns, unless you either have a login already or register for site membership.
Garter Stitch Loops Trim — What a neat idea. You take a basic garter stitch fringe, and instead of letting the fringe hang, you use it to make loops. Pretty creative stuff. This pattern is intended for intermediate-level knitters.
Hoops Trim Edging — This is an easy, curved knit edging that might work for finishing off doilies or similar round pieces. The look is really simple; it’s based on the stockinette stitch, with a lacy scalloped edge.
Loop Edge Fringe — This knitted trim is easy, although it is a bit labor intensive, as most fringed edgings are. To finish off this design, you add each piece of fringe using a crochet hook.
Points Knitted Trim — This is an easy pattern for a simple trim with pointed edges.
Basic Lace Trim — An easy curved lace trim pattern
Bias Binding Trim — An easy slanted stockinette stitch trim that resembles piping
Bird’s Eye Trim — This is a narrow garter-stitch edging featuring eyelets and a scalloped edge.
Bobbles Trim — This interesting edging features bobbles that hang down from the lower edge. This sort of look was popular in the 1920s, and would be lovely for finishing off vintage-inspired projects (or perhaps actual vintage items, if you are a crafter who enjoys completing unfinished projects found in attics, thrift stores or antique shops.)
Bud and Stem Trim — This is a botanically-inspired, intermediate-level knitting pattern for wavy, flowing trim.
Umbrella Flounce — This is a gently curved edging pattern for intermediate-level knitters.
Zig Zag Edging — This is a sophisticated and artistic edging in which the negative spaces form gentle scallops, while the actual design features sharp points and interesting diagonals.
Zig Zag Rib Trim –This is an easy textured cord-style trim.
Scalloped Eyelet Edging — This edging wasn’t at all what I expected from the name; it’s a textured edging that features fan or teardrop shaped motifs along the lower edge, alternating with garter stitch triangle shapes.
Single Loop Fringe Edging — This is an intermediate-level knitting pattern for a looped fringe with a simple, unfussy appearance.
Feather and Fan Edging — The ever popular, classic feather and fan pattern has been adapted to create this undulating edging. This is an intermediate-level knitting pattern.
Contemporary Lace Knit Edgings Based on Traditional Estonian Knitting
Simple Estonian Zigzag Lace Knit Edging — This pattern is posted at a blog featuring contemporary knitting designs that are based on traditional Estonian knitting patterns. These ladies have posted some lovely designs, including several lace edging patterns and others. This particular edging is one of the simplest designs I noticed when I looked through their archives. It’s quite pretty, featuring areas of stockinette stitch interrupted by a lace chevron design.
Estonian Lace Knit Edge — There are several different versions of this pretty lace edging. The simplest features eyelets forming a pattern that, to my eyes, resembles graceful ferns. The other two versions include interesting bobbles and nupps, which are pretty, but the end result looks a little less fern-like. All 3 versions are quite nice.
Chevron Patterned Estonian Edge Lace — Interesting chevrons decorate this simple zigzag lace edging. There are two different versions, one of which is a little longer because it incorporates an extra row of yarn-overs.
Flower Patterned Estonian Lace Knit Edge — This edging incorporates eyelets and knupps in a pattern design that resembles little flower motifs. The flowers combine with pretty lace chevrons to make a lovely edging.
Estonian Lace Knit Edge With Daisy — In this pretty knitted lace edging, you combine a small daisy motif with a zigzag edge design.
Silvia Lace Knit Edging — This page features several different variations of a lace edging based on the traditional Silvia knitting stitch pattern. These designs incorporate knupps and chevrons, and one version also incorporates small flower-like motifs as well.
Net Lace Knitted Edging — This pretty knitted lace edging incorporates a net-like motif and chevron design.
Intricate Estonian Lace Knit Edging — This is an intricate lace edging incorporating knupps, lace and a chevron design.
Lacy Knit Edging — This pointed edging incorporates yarnovers and eyelets, resulting in a lacy design with simple-looking lace flower motifs, accompanied by a zigzag edge.
Miscellaneous Knit Edging Patterns
Scalloped Edging — Pretty inverted lace fan shapes alternate with plain triangles in this stylish edging. If left unblocked, this design may curve. Instructions are available for both a straight version and a circular knit version. The designer, Judy Gibson, also includes a picture of this design knitted into a bookmark.
Riga Scarf Edge — This pattern could help to give you nice neat edges along the sides of your knitted scarf. The idea was inspired by a close look at a machine-knitted scarf that featured this sort of edge. The free pattern is offered by Judy Gibson at her website.
Three Victorian Lace Edgings by Mademoiselle Eléonore Riego de la Branchardière — If you would enjoy knitting Victorian lace edgings, but vintage instructions give you a headache, this article is a fantastic resource you should know about. Franklin Habit has deciphered and charted several gorgeous edgings for you to use.
Franklin is one of the wittiest knitters I know of. His columns are always a treat to read, and this one is no exception. Even if you can’t think of any good reason to knit a lace edging, you might enjoy the wit, and the eye candy, posted here.
Knitted Lace Flood Extenders — This pattern was originally created for the purpose of extending a pair of too-short pants.
Handkerchief Edging to Knit and Crochet — This dainty lace edging requires knowledge of both knitting and crochet. It is worked on 5 double pointed knitting needles. The pattern includes instructions for turning corners, making this an ideal handkerchief edging.
Leaf Edging — This knitted edging features plain repeating leaf shapes surrounded by a lacy knitted chevron design.
About the Author: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer with a background in textile design. She has been crocheting and crafting since childhood, and knitting since she was a teenager. Her work also appears at AmySolovay.com, ArtsWithCrafts.com and Crochet-Books.com. Amy sends out a free knitting and crochet newsletter so interested crafters can easily keep up with her new patterns and tutorials. If you’re already an Instagram user, Amy also invites you to follow her on Instagram.
This page was last updated on 1-21-2020.