The cutting edge of crochet

The other day I mentioned my too big crochet blanket work in progress. It was too far along to frog it and start over (mostly because I’m really lazy like that), so what now? Well, June (someone else did too, I think) suggested that I simply cut off one end of it. With scissors. Cut into crochet! I’d never heard of such a mad notion before. But thinking about it: it made total sense!

Because it won’t start unravelling like crazy just because you cut it. No, it won’t do that until you actually pull at the yarn. So it is a controlled procedure. You need to cut the work a bit longer than the length you want to end up with so you have a proper length of yarn to weave in.

It is a somewhat tedious procedure, though. On a blanket like this, where you work backwards and forwards, half the rows will simply unravel when you pull at the yarn. The other half of the rows you have to unweave the stitches from the cut to the desired length of your crocheted fabric. That’s the tedious part, as you can probably imagine!

Once you get the work unravelled to the desired length (or I guess that should be shortness!) simply bind it off and weave in the end. And that’s about it. :-)

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2 Comments

  1. Lisa
    March 31, 2021 / 5:58 pm

    Hello, your website is nice! I was searching for ways to cut my crochet in half and came across your site. I created a long double stitch of only 4/5 turns and decided to change my plan but I don’t want to unravel it. Instead I would like to cut it in half but I can’t find a video on it or a tutorial. You mentioned bind the edge but I’m a novice here so I’m not sure what that looks like. Are there any tutorials or instructions on this you can provide? Thank you for your time!

    • Carina
      Author
      April 2, 2021 / 11:24 am

      Hi Lisa,
      I’m sorry I can’t really help you. It was so long ago and I don’t do much crochet these days. I think I just took the plunge and cut the crochet, hoping for the best. ‘Bind’ the edge is binding off/tying the yarn like you would with any end of yarn in a crochet project. Good luck with your project. :-)

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