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Crochet edging for a shawl free tutorial

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If you like minimalist borders for your crochet projects, then you will love this tutorial. I am calling it crochet edging for a shawl because I used it for my Rangeley Shawl pattern (see picture below), but it it is a great edging for all kind of projects. That is to say, if you want to go for a simple and beautiful border, then this is the tutorial for you.

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What’s the best stitch for a border on a shawl?

The best stitches, to me, are the simple and clean ones. The pompom stitch is mainly a combination of chains and puff stitch together. You want your shawl to be the star, so the minimal the border, the more elegant it will be.

Like I mentioned above, I used this edging for my Rangeley Shawl crochet pattern. The result, as you can see in this picture, was beautiful. This is a variation of the pompom edging stitch.

They look like small pendants and are so simple to make, but yet makes it look so beautiful and unique.

two pictures of a crochet shawl free pattern
The Rangeley Triangle Shawl

Materials you will need:

Crochet Hook


Is it difficult to crochet a border on a shawl?

The puff stitch is an intermediate level stitch to learn. I say that because, if you have just started with crochet, I would recommend you to get familiar with the easiest stitches first. The reason is because this edging involves crocheting a puff stitch, which is a bit tricky for beginners.

Here is the tutorial for the crochet edging for a shawl

crochet shawl free pattern

This stitch makes an elegant edge for your shawls. It is an alternative to the classic tessels you see in almost every pattern you find online. It’s simple, super quick to crochet and can be used in any shawl shape.

Total Time: 40 minutes

Step 1: crochet 6 chs

a close up of a crochet hook and yarn

This is how you start the edging: at the border of your project, crochet 6 chains

Step 2: crochet a puff stitch in 4th ch from hook

a crochet hook and yarn

See here the puff stitch tutorial if you are not familiar with it.

Step 3: Here you crochet 3 chs

a hook and yarn

These 3 chains are to complete the first puff stitch

Step 4: crochet a slip st

close up of a crochet edging for a shawl

Crochet a slip stitch in the same chain as the puff stitch you just finished.

Step 5: Crochet 2 chs

close up of a crochet edging for a shawl and a hook

Now that you have your first puff stitch done, crochet two chains and skip two stitches at the edge of your project. Then do a single crochet in the next stitch.

Estimated Cost: 10 USD


  • Yarn


  • Crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Materials: Stitch markers, if needed

That’s it, you only have to follow these 5 steps

Repeat steps 1-5 for the remaining of your project. It’s that simple! I love hearing from my readers and seeing the beautiful crochet stuff they make. Tag me on instagram or use the hashtag #zamiguzmakers so I can see what you have made. Happy Crocheting!

a crochet edging for a shawl made with yarn

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