VVCAL Border – Part 3 – Blanket finale! 

Find border part 1 HERE and border part 2 HERE 

Main VVCAL page with alllll the linky love HERE


In the close-up photo below, I’ve started every round in the border at once, and it shows you how each round will look when you begin it. 


Still no charts yet as I have become a frantically busy bee! This will be much easier charted out vs having to look at this close-up photo to see what’s what, but I’ve tried to be extremely clear in the written instruction. It’s my lesson learned that cross my heart I won’t do another CAL without having all of the parts designed and finished before I begin. What was I thinking?! 🙂 

Part 3 of the border – I do suggest going down a hook size for this part! I always go down a hook size for finishing my borders  to prevent frilling.

Pattern:

Special sts:

Beg DC = (SC, Ch 1) or your preferred method such as Chain 3 or “standing DC” etc.

Puff stitch = Great tutorial HERE

4DC Cluster = Tutorial HERE, but instead of working into the next 4 sts, you’ll be working the entire cluster in the same chain space, making a “coin” shape

3DC Cluster = work as 4DC Cluster, but with only 3 partial DC sts instead of 4

Popcorn stitch = Tutorial HERE 

Picot = Chain 3, SC in side of stitch just before chain 3. Picot complete. Or use picot of choice! 

Round 1 (foundation round) – if you are working multicolor, then this round is the same color as your v-stitch round (for reference in the close-up photo above, this round is maroon – please refer to it for stitch placement concerns): (Beg DC, Chain 3, 3DC) in corner chain space, *** Chain 2, SC between 3DC and 2DC cluster. (Chain 2, SC after next 2DC Cluster) 8 times. (Chain 2, SC in chain space, chain 2, SC in between v-stitches) repeat across to Shell, checking close-up photo if needed. At Shell, (chain 2, SC before next 2DC cluster) 8 times. Chain 2, SC between final 2DC cluster and first 3DC of corner, chain 2, (3DC, chain 3, 3DC) to Make Corner. Repeat from *** around blanket to beginning. 2DC in first corner to complete it, join with sl st in beg DC and finish off yarn (if multicolor border).

Round 2 (2DC round) – in close-up photo, this round is light pink: join yarn in starting corner and (beg DC, chain 3, 3DC) in same corner space. *** Chain 2, (2DC, chain 1) in all 8 chain-2 spaces of Shell. 2DC in all chain-2 spaces across to next Shell. (Chain 1, 2DC) in all 8 chain-2 spaces of Shell, chain 2, Make Corner. Repeat from *** around the piece to beginning. 2 DC in first corner to complete it, join with sl st in beg DC and finish off yarn. 

Round 3 – in close-up photo, this round is cream color: join yarn in starting corner, (beg DC, chain 3, 3DC) in same chain space, *** (chain 2, Puff Stitch) in all of following 9 chain spaces (refer to close-up photo above). Skip 2 DC, DC in next st. (Chain 1, skip 1, DC) across to 2 DC before next Shell. Skip 2 DC, (Puff Stitch, chain 2) in all of following 9 chain spaces, Make Corner, repeat from *** around blanket to beginning. 2 DC in first corner to complete it, join with sl st in beg DC, and finish off yarn.

Round 4 – in close-up photo this round is light Aqua: Join yarn in starting corner, (beg DC, chain 3, 3DC) in same chain space, *** (chain 2, 4DC Cluster) 8 times between next 9 puff stitches (refer to close-up photo). * SC in next DC, chain 2, skip next DC (3DC cluster, chain 2, 3DC cluster) all in next DC, chain 2, skip next DC, repeat from * across to next Shell. SC in final DC just before Shell. (4DC cluster, chain 2) 8 times between next 9 Puff Sts. Make Corner, repeat from *** around blanket to beginning. 2DC in first corner to complete it, join with sl st in beg DC and DO NOT finish off yarn. Round 5 is this same color.

Round 5 – in close-up photo, this round is light Aqua: Join yarn in starting corner, (beg DC, chain 3, 3DC) in same chain space, *** (chain 3, SC in next chain space) 8 times, referring to close-up photo. Chain 3, * (SC, DC) in next chain-2 space, DC in 3DC cluster, 5DC in chain-2 space, DC in 3DC cluster, (DC, SC) in chain-2 space, repeat from * across to next Shell. (Chain 3, SC in next chain space) 8 times. Chain 3, Make Corner. Repeat from *** around blanket to beginning corner. 2DC in first corner to complete it, join with sl st in beg DC, and finish off yarn.

*whew*! 2 more rounds 🙂

Round 6 – dark teal in close-up photo: join yarn in starting corner, (beg DC, chain 3, 3DC) in same chain space. *** (Chain 2, Popcorn st) in all of following 9 chain spaces. Skip 1 SC, * SC in next DC, (chain 2, skip 1, SC in next st) 4 times. Skip 2 SC, repeat from * across to next Shell. At Shell, (Popcorn St, chain 2) in all of following 9 chain spaces. Make corner, repeat from *** around blanket to beginning, 2DC in first corner to complete it, join with sl st in beg DC, and finish off yarn. 

Round 7 – final round – deep purple in close-up photo: join yarn in starting corner, (beg DC, picot, 3DC) all in same chain space. *** Chain 2, (SC in next chain space, chain 5, SC in second chain of chain-5, chain 2) 9 times. * (SC in next chain-2 space, Picot) 2 times, work 2 more Picot so you have 3 Picot in a row. Each SC used to close these 2 additional Picots will be placed in the SC from the Picot before. SC in next chain-2 space, Picot. SC in next chain-2 space, repeat from * across to next Shell. At Shell, (chain 5, SC in second chain of chain-5, chain 2, SC in next chain space) 9 times, chain 2, (3DC, Picot, 3DC) in corner space, repeat from *** around blanket to beginning, 2 DC in first corner to complete it, and join with sl st in beg DC. Finish off yarn and take a deep breath 🙂 Done!!!

The written instructions are not ideal! Charts coming in the next couple of weeks, and a PDF with all border instruction and lots more goodies to close out the VVCAL. 

I love you guys!!! Thank you for going on this journey with me and having all that patience for late posts and pattern errors ❤️❤️❤️