Geometrics Cal – Border

Part 7 of the Geometrics Cal is out. It‘s the final part, the border.

It is a nice, plain double border. I did it in two colours and used Walnut for the back layer and Copper for the front.

Do you like double borders?

Apparently a lot of people don’t like them. In crochet forums there are repeated complaints about the slip stitch round. After reading all of this, I was really scared of it when I started doing Overlay Mosaic. So I left my fist piece – a little table mat – with a fringe.
Then I switched to the so called Inset Mosaic as you don‘t have to deal with all the yarn ends there. But of course you also need a border for Inset Mosaic. The pattern didn’t suggest any border and I myself had no idea what I could do. Searching for Inspiration I came across a double border that works without slip stitch round and is only based on front post double crochet. I just tried it and the result was quite nice. The border gave a nice drape to the blanket. An acceptable alternative to the classic double border. But I think the front post dc don’t fit every pattern.

At some point the time has come. I did my first double border with a slip stitch start when I was testing Gretchen. As a tester you have no chance to escape, lol.

At first I hade to experiment a little with the tension for my slip stitches and tried several hook sizes. But then: Wow! Since then I am a fan of double borders with slip stitch rounds!! It is such a nice finish, the border looks neat and lays flat. I just love it! And I love my slip stitch round. In my opinion it is a fairy tale that it is complicated and takes forever. After all the work you put into your blanket it is absolutely worth the effort!

Two advices though: either keep your slip stitches a bit relaxed (but not too loose) or go up a hook size AND count your stitches!

Here some more impressions of my finished blanket. Hubby grabbed it and loves it. And I am very pleased of how it turned out myself!

Happy hooking!

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