Birthday Cake Granny Square Border Pattern
Birthday Cake Granny Square Border Pattern

Birthday Cake Granny Square Border

The following are instructions for a border for a typical granny square. Many crocheters decide to do one large granny square instead of doing multiple and sewing them together. My personal goal was to come up with several designs that can be applied to a typical granny square.

Instructions Granny Square Itself

The instructions are for changing colour as indicated in the Christmas Granny Square Afghan as found on Yarnspirations. You can change colours as often or as little as you wish.

Granny Square Afghan Square
Granny Square Afghan Square

Note: Ch 6 at beg of rnd counts as dc and ch 3.

Crochet Granny Square Diagram
Crochet Granny Square Diagram

Instructions for the This Border

This border reminds me of a side profile of a birthday cake. The icing sugar is piped on and being three dimensional.

This border plays with Front Post Double Crochet known as FPDC. It’s pretty straight forward once the idea clicks in your head. The border is about 2″ but you can make the border as thick as you need as it will continue to grow perfectly square, no matter how big you make it.

In the instructions, I will have you turn your project around after the first round as it’s easier to Front Post Double Crochet verses Back Post Double Crochet. But if you want to not turn and do back post double crochet around, then by all means… do what works for you.

  1. Fasten onto to any corner space. Ch 3, (counts as a dc), 2 dc, ch 2, *dc into each stitch and space to the next corner. In corners, place 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in each. Repeat * Around. Join to the top of the ch 3. Fasten off.
  2. Turn your project around so you are looking at the back aka wrong side. Fasten on to any ch-2 space in a corner. Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc (corner made), *Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc) around each post o the next corner. In corners place 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc. Repeat * around. Join with a slip stitch to the top of the beginning ch-3. Fasten off.
  3. Continuing looking at the wrong side. Repeat Step 2 one more time. Fasten off.

If you want to make your border thicker, you can continue to grow the border with more rounds using the same instructions. Your afghan will stay square.

Birthday Cake Granny Square Border Pattern
Birthday Cake Granny Square Border Pattern

Video Demonstration of a Typical Granny Square