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Vibrant Vintage Blanket Border! 

Find this border pattern in PDF format as a Ravelry download.

(Side note: if you are interested in the Vibrant Vintage CAL, I created a 45-page PDF including condensed versions of all 33 square patterns, plus two popular border options, and the lace borderI’ve added a Ravelry ebook page for this blanket, but it will direct you to download the PDF from an outside source (URL at left hand side). Just in case Ravelry gives me trouble with it, here is the direct link to download the PDF via hosting service DocDroid.net. Ravelry will not let me add it to the library because it would be considered a duplicate upload. And of course, check out full patterns, charts, and more joining options on the main VVCAL page.)

You can add this border on ANY blanket, so if you have a blanket that needs edging, get it out and let’s do it!

I am using Stylecraft Special DK (affiliate link)

Round 1: Begin in any corner and SC evenly around, putting 3 SC in each corner. Join with sl st in first SC. Do not cut yarn.

NOTE**It’s important to make sure you have the corner stitches, with a multiple of 4+1 on each side, like this:

Corner SC, multiple of 4 SC + 1, corner SC

Example of a side with correct amount of stitches: Corner SC, 101 SC, corner SC

If you have DC or SC around your blanket before you begin, then use Round 1 to correct your stitch count, increasing or decreasing a couple stitches on each side as necessary to get the count right.

If you have chain loops around your blanket, you can divide up the count and evenly SC in each chain loop to get the count correct. If you have to make one loop with an extra SC, it’ll be okay I promise!

If you used Celtic Lace Join, you have larger loops around the blanket, and working just one SC round may come out lumpy. If this is the case, you can try a DC round first, then a final SC round. Just be sure the final SC round has the correct stitch count as above.

Round 2: **(SC, Chain 2, SC) in corner stitch to make corner. (Chain 2, skip 1, SC) across to the next corner, skip 1, repeat from ** around the blanket .. At the end of the round, chain 2, skip 1, join with sl st in first SC. Do not cut yarn.

These 2 rounds will be the foundation you need to start the V-stitch portion along with the beginning of the beautiful corners.

******NOTE!! I have had some feedback that some folks have frogged and switched to a size smaller hook for rounds 3 and 4 of this portion to combat frilling.. You may want to do the same! Or try working with a size smaller hook on all 4 rounds – might just work even better! ******

Special Sts:

Beg DC = (SC, Chain 1) –OR– your favorite method for working the beginning DC

2DC Cluster = work 2 DC in the same spot, omitting the final step of each DC, leaving 1 loop behind on the hook. YO and draw yarn through all 3 loops on hook. This is like a 2DC decrease, but in the one spot to form a little “Cluster”

Round 3: Join yarn in any corner chain space. (Beg DC, Chain 3, 3DC) in same chain space, *** skip 1 chain space, (DC, Chain 4, DC) all in next chain space, [skip 1 chain space, (2DC, chain 1, 2DC) all in next chain space)] repeat across to final 3 chain spaces before corner chain space. Skip 1 chain space, (DC, Chain 4, DC) all in next chain space, (3DC, chain 3, 3DC) in corner chain space. Repeat from *** around blanket to first corner. 2DC in first corner to complete it, and join with sl st in Beg DC.

Round 4: (Beg DC, chain 3, 3DC) in corner chain space, *** 9DC in chain 4 space to begin “Shell”, (2DC, chain 1, 2DC) in all chain 1 spaces across, 9DC in chain 4 space, (3DC, chain 3, 3DC) in corner chain space. Repeat from *** around blanket to first corner. 2DC in first corner to complete it, and join with sl st in Beg DC.

Round 5: (Beg DC, chain 3, 3DC) in corner chain space, *** (DC, chain 1) in first 8 DC of Shell, DC in ninth DC of Shell, (DC, chain 1, DC) in next chain 1 space, (2DC, chain 1, 2DC) in all chain 1 spaces across up to final chain 1 space. (DC, chain 1, DC) in final chain 1 space before Shell, (DC, chain 1) in first 8 DC of Shell, DC in ninth DC. (3DC, chain 3, 3DC) in corner chain space. Repeat from *** around blanket to first corner. 2DC in first corner to complete it, and join with sl st in Beg DC.

Round 6: (Beg DC, chain 3, 3DC) in corner chain space, *** 2DC Cluster in all 8 chain 1 spaces of Shell, DC in next chain 1 space, (2DC, chain 1, 2DC) in all chain 1 spaces across, up to final chain 1 space before Shell, DC in chain 1 space before Shell, 2DC Cluster in all 8 chain 1 spaces of Shell, (3DC, chain 3, 3DC) in corner chain space. Repeat from *** around blanket to first corner. 2DC in first corner to complete it, and join with sl st in Beg DC.

This completes the V-Stitch portion of the VVCAL Blanket Border! Go down a hook size for this final portion to prevent frilling.

Special Sts for this next section:

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!

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

Round 7 (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 8 (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 9 – 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 10 – 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 11 – 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.

Round 12 – 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 13 – 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!!!

I love you guys!!! Thank you for going on this journey with me! You can post progress pics on the Facebook group, or on Instagram under the hashtag #VVCAL

All links for this social media are on my website under the “Patterns” tab on the menu J

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21 Comments

  1. Rachele, just to let you know, if I follow the link for the complete pdf. on Ravelry I get this message ” … Uh oh! Sherbert couldn’t find your page. You may have followed an incorrect link”. 😉 The link for the border is working OK. 🙂 Thanks for the CAL – I’ve loved every minute of it. <3 <3

    • Thank you! Ravelry removed the ebook – I’m contacting them now 🙂 – I love Ravelry, but sometimes it’s a headache lol

      Glad you love the CAL! Happy crafting!
      Rachele C.

  2. kaberle says

    I don’t understand where you started the border to begin with. I see squares and a cream border that is fanning out on the corners of one square- but where are the instructions for that? How do you start this beautiful vintage border if you have plain ending all the way around? I am soooo confused….otherwise this is just beautiful!!

    • Hi there! Round 1 is what will be the very first round after all your squares are joined. If you read through round 1, it will tell you what you need to do for whatever Edging you’ve going going around your squares. For example, if you’ve joined with SC, then maybe you’ve got a round SC on your squares, but if you’ve joined with flat braid join, it will have a chain loop round. If you need further assistance, send a pic of your joined squares to cypresstextiles @ gmail . com and I’ll help out 🙂

      Thank you!
      RC

  3. Marifé Bermudo says

    La manta Vintage es una de mis favoritas. La he hecho en dos ocasiones pero tengo dificultad al hacer las esquinas del borde. Hay alguna posibilidad de tener el diagrama??? Para mi, y para muchas de las seguidoras desde España, sería mucho más fácil.
    Muchas gracias y felicidades por el estupendo trabajo que haces.
    Un saludo desde España.

    • Saludos! Gracias por su comentario. Me alegra que le gusta la manta. A lo mejor dibujaré diagrama o tambien ya apenas empecé a hacer videos. Podré hacer uno para el borde. Gracias nuevamente! – Rachele C.

  4. Libby says

    I’m obsessed with the border but I’m confused on row. Please help

  5. For round 7, the photographs show two different versions: one with the dc stitch after the Shell, 2 dc cluster and one without the dc stitch. There are no instructions on whether to chain 2 and sc after the dc stitch from round 6. It only instructs to chain 2, sc after each dc cluster and then chain 2, sc into a chain space(?). What chain space? There’s a dc stitch there not a chain. Some pics show the dc, chain, dc v-stitch for round 5, but no dc stitch from round 6 that the instructions say to stitch into the round 5 V-stitch. Confusing.

    • Rachele Carmona says

      Hi there! Yes I added the DC later on because without it, there is a big hole. You can use the DC or omit it – whichever you prefer. Your correction to the pattern sounds great! As long as your corners are consistent it will come out fabulous. Thank you for commenting! And happy crafting – Rachele C.

      • Thanks so much Rachele! I used the dc option and it does fill in a hole; a great option!

        I have one more question on the last round, round 13. I’ve done the (SC in next chain space, chain 5, SC in second chain of chain-5, chain 2) 9 times but don’t understand what you intended for the chain 2 spaces after the big shell in the corner.

        This is the part I don’t get:
        *(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.

        My interpretation is in the next chain-2 space sc and make a picot. Go to the next chain-2 space and make another sc, picot. Then I add 2 more picots to the last one made, so that there are three? Then I go the the next chain-2 space make a sc and picot. Lastly I make a sc in the next chain 2 space. If I understand it correctly, there are essentially 4 chain-2 spaces for each “shell” in the border. The instructions are to repeat this sequence for each 4 chain-2 sets.

  6. Kate says

    This border is beautiful and I want to use it on a very special blanket. I have a quick question about the foundations row. You said the side needs and multiple of 4+1 then the corner stitch. When you refer to the corner stitch is that the 3 SC all in the same stitch or just the center SC of the three in the corner of the previous row?

    • Rachele Carmona says

      Just the center SC 😁❤️

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