Vibrant Vintage CAL

VVCAL – Edging Squares

Every 8 weeks during the VVCAL (as indicated in the weekly schedule on the Main Post) we will edge the granny squares that we’ve made so far with a DC round. You can also do this after you make them every week! I prefer to edge mine in batches.


The pattern to edge your squares is as follows:

Beg DC = (SC, Chain-1)

DC Round: Join new yarn with a slip stitch in any corner SC. In same St as join, (Beg DC, 2DC), **DC in all sts across to corner st, 5DC in corner st, repeat from ** 3 times more, DC across all sts to first corner, 2DC in first corner to complete it. Join with a slip stitch to top of Beg DC and cut yarn/finish off. (104 DC sts total)


What color should I use?

One edging color option is to mix and match from the colors you’re using for your squares like I’ve done below – if you’re using even just 12 balls of Stylecraft Special DK for the squares, you’ll still have enough for all the square edging.

Note: The blanket in progress pictured below is just a quickie I am putting together so I can advance the joining and border instruction for people who are itching for it. My real VVCAL blanket will have a different square-edging yarn because I’m using some funky yarns from my stash! 🙂

Or just use the same color as the square! Don’t break yarn, just continue on to the DC round. Save the time of weaving more ends and preserve a little of the integrity of your piece! Great idea!


Another edging color option is to edge the squares in only one color, as seen in this beautiful screenshot image from a fellow CAL participant on Instagram:

Here is my joining color – a couple shades (one white, one cream) of acrylic yarn with a variegated ply running through it. It’s slightly thicker than my square yarn, so I went down a hook size. It’s coming out great! Loving the denim yarn look. 


You can edge your squares with any color! Or you actually don’t need to edge them at all. The join and border will work with any size squares, as long as the stitch counts on the squares are identical to each other.

Have fun!


15 replies »

  1. I crochet a lot but I have never made granny squares. It has always appealed to me but I’ve never found a good pattern and lots of time to do it. Your post inspired me to give it a try!

  2. Hi Rachele,
    I wanted to start my edging, trying to work out if you put any chains in the corners?
    The last pic from Buttermilkcandy looks like there are chains in the corners, I like the look of the later edging. Would it make it harder for me when it comes to joining?
    If not how many chains would go in the corners?
    Many thanks, Mel xxx

    • Mine has no chains – but if you put chains, it won’t be a problem joining! Either way, the stitches will either go in the chain space, or in the corner stitch.. So you’re good either way! 🙂 – RC

  3. Thanks lovely, I’m so enjoying doing this project. I absolutely fell in love with your vintage blanket when I saw it!!
    Never in a million years did I think I would be able to make something so beautiful.
    Mel. xxx

  4. Like Mel above, I never thought I could tackle a project like this. Can you tell me if you block and pin the squares before joining, and I like your joining yarn. Where do I find that? Dying to work the border……oh so much to say about this project but mainly….THANK YOU!!!!

    • Thank you so much and I’m pleased that you’re enjoying it! I got my cream color joining yarn at Hobby Lobby – it’s one of those baby yarns with the one shiny thread plied through.. So cute! Not something I’d use for an entire project, but in join and border it works great for when I want to mix yarn textures so a piece looks more “scrappy.” Regarding blocking, I never have blocked anything.. I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt! I just haven’t ever done it. The join is very “aggressive” with the blocks and getting them to snap into shape.

      Thanks again for crocheting along with me! Glad to have you 🙂
      Happy crafting,
      Rachele C.

  5. Really enjoying this so far! Have a lovely stack of squares brightening up my living room. Quick question, will you be sharing which colours you used for the edging? Or a photo of the whole of the finished blanket so I can work it out? 😜

    • Hey there! Since you commented on the “edging squares” post, I think that’s what you mean, versus the “final edging” of the whole blanket? Well if you mean just the square edging, then I’m actually using a cream color DC round on all my squares instead of the colored Stylecraft.

      If you’re talking about the final blanket edging, then I’m not quite there yet! 🙂 I’ll work that out though!

      Hope this helps 🙂
      Rachele C.

  6. I have used all so called 8 ply wool but the thicknesses seem to vary so when the squares are 6 inches they have different number of stitches on each side, Should I fudge it when I do the edging and would yourecommend upping the edge stitches of those with less or culling a few stitches on those with more?? HELP

    • Well, I almost ALWAYS fudge it on any project 🙂 make a mistake, correct it somewhere else by fudging it.. Hehe it never shows.. So I’d lean toward that.

      On the edging, you can definitely hide some stitch counts being off – when you do the join, you can do 2 SC in 1 st or SC 2 together to hide unequal st counts.

      I think just do whatever is best for the squares… Our squares are 23 sts per “side” including center SC of corners.. So I’d aim for like a 21-25 range. No more, no less.. Then you can hide it in the edging or the join.

      Anyway, great question! Thanks for bringing it up! 🙂

  7. Hi, if I decide to make a chain in the corners, I take it that I’ll have to make 2dc 1ch 2dc instead of 5dc? I like the idea of a chain, it makes it easier to find the corner.

    • That sounds great! Yep your 2dc chain 2dc should work just fine. Then when you join, you’ll just work your 3sc corners into your chain instead of the “center DC”. So no biggie! Happy crafting to you! 🙂 ❤️