I am working on the fourth round of the blankets boarder that the moment. I spent yesterday evening completing the first two rounds of the boarder, before sewing all the leftover ends in. This didn't seem to take as long as it normally does, maybe because I had some good TV to watch while I did it? I had this pretty little pile of nesting box ends to send to my dad, for the birds in his garden when I had completed my least favourite task.
The second step for the boarder is to add a contrast colour I chose to use the blue (because I had a spare ball of this in my yarn basket). When I add boarders to blankets I always increase the stitches on the corners so that they don't curl. The first row of boarder (grey yarn) has two increases in the corner stitch, the second row ( grey#2) has two more increases, one in each of the two new stitches in the row below, and the third row (blue) has a further two increases again one increase placed in each of the new stitches in the row below.
The almost last stage is to work the foundation stitch for the final part of the boarder. I mulled over a few different boarder types for this blanket finally settling on a lacy loop, which I'm sure has a more technical name but I like to call it a "lacy loop". To do this you crochet a *chain 5, and slip into the fourth stitch* this is repeated all the way around the edge of your blanket. don't worry if your blanket doesn't divide perfectly into fours one smaller or slightly larger loop won't show in the end. stage two should hopefully follow this evening.
For now Diggory is watching over the blanket until I get home from work this afternoon.