The criss-cross crochet edging can be used to add a finishing touch to crochet projects. I believe it is especially fun when added to holiday projects with red & white yarn. It then resembles a candy cane. Because of this, you may also see it referred to as a candy cane edging.
One way to customize the look of your criss-cross border is to play around with colors. Another way is to play around with the number of chains you use for each loop. Once you begin, you’ll see what I mean.
- ch: chain
- sc: single crochet
- st: stitch
- CB: red yarn
- CC: green yarn
- Join w/ a single crochet: click here for photo tutorial
Step 1 (RS): Join CB w/ a sc (click here for tutorial) in any st along the edge of your project, ch 3, pull up on the loop on your hook to increase it, remove hook from CB.
Note: I prefer a chain 3 for my loops as I like the edging to be tighter. If you’d like a looser or loopier edging, use more than a chain 3. Try a ch 4 or ch 5.
Step 2: Join CC w/ a sc in the st to the left of where you joined CB, ch 3, pull up on the loop on your hook to increase it, remove hook from CC.
Step 3: Insert your hook back into the CB loop from step 1, tighten the loop back up on your hook, working in front of the CC yarn from step 2, skip over the CC sc and sc in the next st, ch 3, pull up on the loop on your hook to increase it, remove hook from CB.
Step 4: Insert your hook back into the CC loop from step 2, tighten the loop back up on your hook, working in front of the CB yarn from step 3, skip over the CB sc and sc in the next st, ch 3, pull up on the loop on your hook to increase it, remove hook from CC.
Repeat Steps 3 & 4 around the perimeter of your project and end with a ch 3 of each color.
Fasten off CB & CC. Using a yarn needle, weave the tail of CB in through the beginning CB sc. Weave in ends to secure. Then use the yarn needle to weave the tail of CC in through the beginning CC sc. Weave in ends to secure.
Try the Criss-Cross Crochet Edging out on my Gingerbread Man Hot Pad! Click HERE to be taken to the free crochet pattern.
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