When you spend such a significant amount of time crocheting (or knitting) a project, you want it to turn out amazing. The finishing is a huge part of that. These finishing techniques will help you make your project the best it can be.
Knitted and crocheted blankets can sometimes look a little bare if they aren't finished off with appropriate borders.
If you'd like to add a crocheted border around the edge of a crocheted or knitted blanket, this page is a helpful resource. The page includes a brief introduction to the basics you need to know about crocheting blanket borders; it also includes links to free border patterns.
This free tutorial teaches you step-by-step how to sew a lining for a pouch or bag. My example project is a crocheted pouch, but the same instructions could be used for any similar square or rectangular knitted or crocheted project -- even larger tote bags.
Granny Square Tote With Lining Instructions: Lori Jean Karluk teaches you how to crochet a tote bag; her free crochet pattern includes instructions for how to do the lining too.
If you don't do anything else to finish your work, at least take the time to weave in the ends.
The blocking articles linked below were written from a knitter's perspective, but the ideas she has shared are also applicable if you'd like to block your crochet projects.
Every week, I send out a free crochet newsletter; my newsletter is packed with great information that crochet enthusiasts will not want to miss out on:
- Links to the latest free crochet patterns I've published, plus information about where you can find the hottest new crochet designs on the Internet
- Links to my free crochet tutorials
- Free crochet video links -- From time to time, we publish free crochet videos on the Internet. If you'd like to learn a new stitch, or a new skill, by watching videos, this is a resource you won't want to pass up.
- Occasionally, I also feature links to vintage crochet patterns and classic patterns that have been around for awhile; newer isn't always better when it comes to crochet.