Inside – Add a Bead Stitch Border to your freshly finished Desertscape Crochet Blanket with this free tutorial.

So, you’ve finally finished traipsing through the desert with every stitch, and now you’re ready to put the finishing touches on – the border! With this Bead Stitch Border tutorial, you’ll create the textured edge that encases all the amazing work of your blanket!

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Picking the Bead Stitch Border

This border is a big hug from your favorite person. Since the Desertscape Blanket is made of varied textures, I wanted the border to have a bold textured stitch to hold all the sections together – like a big hug. I had used this border in the Juniper Berry Collection, and adored it as a border! It looks just as fabulous on a cardigan as it does on this blanket!

Even though the Desertscape Blanket is designed with a Bead Stitch Border, there are many great alternatives to this border. So, how do you pick the right one to finish your blanket? This decision narrows down to answering the question.. what is your personal taste?

For me, it’s all about the texture! Hence, the Bead Stitch made it’s way into the final design. But, if simplicity is your thing, then a Single Crochet or a (Single Crochet, Chain 1, Skip Stitch) may be a better option for you.

Permission to Create

If you don’t love the Bead Stitch Border, then play around with your favorite stitches!

Ready to stitch up the Desertscape Blanket? Scroll down for the free pattern, or purchase the Desertscape Blanket eBook in my Etsy Shop or Ravelry Store.

Yarn + Substitutes

Paintbox Yarns are my all time favorite budget yarn. The Desertscape Blanket uses the Simply Aran in Champagne White and Pine. Their acrylic yarns are soft, plush, and never split while I crochet. Plus, a big reason I keep coming back to Paintbox Yarns is the color palette. It’s to dye for, and the colors on the screen are reliable in person.

Shop Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran here.

If you want to use yarn from your LYS (local yarn store), or your stash, then I recommend staying with a mostly acrylic yarn. You’ll get the same results as I did while you work on your blanket.

Desertscape Blanket CAL Info

The Desertscape Blanket is a new, free crochet pattern on the High Desert Yarn Blog. We’ll explore textured stitches and Intarsia crochet charts that feature all things majestic in the desert. A new section will be released each Monday starting on April 10, 2023.

If you’d like email reminders when each section is released, you can sign up here.

The CAL is taking place in the HDY Handmade Community on Facebook. We’ll share our WIP pictures, and support each other during the crochet process. I’ll be available in the Facebook Group and through email to answer any questions.

Join the HDY Handmade Community here.

If this is the first you’re hearing of the Desertscape Blanket CAL – Welcome!! I’m thrilled to have you join us. Everyone in the HDY Handmade Community on Facebook is working through the project at their own pace.

If you need to start with Part 1, then click here for the Golden Barrel Cactus pattern.

If you need to start at the very beginning, you can read through the Desertscape Blanket CAL Information page. It gives you all the details about the whole blanket pattern, and help you deep dive into meeting the right gauge.

Click here to read through all of the Desertscape Blanket information.

Pattern Instructions


Thank you for choosing this free pattern as part of your crochet journey! It’s an honor for you to be here, browsing the High Desert Yarn Blog. This pattern is 100% free for you to crochet from, but please, do not screenshot, or copy+paste this pattern. However, work directly from this webpage. The ad revenue from this website allows me to offer free crochet patterns. If you do not like the scrolling, or ads, then you may purchase the ad-free PDF in my Etsy Shop or Ravelry Store. Thank you for your cooperation. Happy creating! -Joanna (Owner + Creative)

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  • Yarn – Worsted Weight/category 4
    • I used Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran in Champagne White and Pine.
    • Substitutes : Any other worsted/category 4 yarn will work
  • Crochet Hook – H/8 (5.00mm) or correct hook to meet gauge
  • Scissors 
  • Tapestry Needle


  • CH 1 at the end of a row DOES NOT count as a stitch.
  • This pattern is worked in the round.
  • Do not turn between rounds.
  • Round 1 starts on the Right Side of the blanket in the Upper Left corner.

Gauge + Finished Size

Gauge is not important for the border. However, keep your stitches loose so the border doesn’t pull the edges of your blanket inwards.

Gauge for the whole Desertscape Blanket is based off of the Intarsia Crochet sections. It’s important that you work up the practice swatch on the Information Page BEFORE starting the Desertscape Blanket. If you need help meeting gauge, please send an email to Joanna at

Stitch Abbreviations

American (US) terms used throughout.

CH(S) – chain(s)
ST(S) – stitch(es)
SC – single crochet
HDC – half double crochet
SL ST – slip stitch
BEAD – bead stitch

Special Stitches

Bead Stitch (BEAD)

  • The Bead Stitch is nearly identical to the Puff Stitch. Instead of working the loops into a stitch, the Bead Stitch is worked around the post of a Half Double Crochet stitch.
  • How to Work the Bead Stitch
    • Skip one ST, HDC into the next ST. Then, work a Puff ST around the post of the HDC ST. This places the Puff ST on its side to resemble a bead.
  • Click here for a Video Tutorial for the Blanket Border.

Written Instructions

Join the CC yarn to the last stitch of the blanket (Row 160). CH 1, and proceed to Round 1.

Round 1: SC evenly around all sides of the blanket. Each corner will need 3 SCs. This round ends with 3 SCs in the last ST of the round. Join with a SL ST in the 1st ST of the round. CH 1. Do Not Turn.

Round 2: { [HDC in next ST. BEAD over next 2 STS.] Repeat […] until the next corner. 3 HDCs in the corner. } Rep {…} until end of the round. Join with a SL ST in the 1st ST of the round.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Copyright Policy

You are free to use this crochet pattern to make and sell the final product, but do not republish or distribute this pattern in any way. DO NOT claim it as your own in part or in whole. Please give credit to High Desert Yarn, as the designer, in your listings, on your blog, or social media platforms. All images are property of High Desert Yarn. Do not use any of these images as your own.

Little by little, one travels far.

Crocheter, YOU ARE DONE!

Thank you for choosing this blanket pattern, and this Crochet Along to work it up from week to week. The weekly progress pictures in the HDY Handmade Community on Facebook is the best inspiration, and kick in the pants to keep stitching. If you’re not a part of this beautiful group of humans, you are always welcome to join.

Click here to check our group out.

Thank you, again, for working this blanket up. It’s an honor that you choose to spend your time with me, Joanna from High Desert Yarn.

Happy Creating. 🧡

High Desert Yarn is made possible by YOUR support. Thank you for reading this blog post, and helping build High Desert Yarn. Happy Creating, Joanna

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