How to crochet window curtains

Written by jessica cook
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If you know how to crochet, you can use your skills to decorate your home in a variety of ways. From doilies to holiday decorations, bedspreads to tablecloths, crocheting is a versatile craft skill. If you want to use your crochet skills to hook up a pair of curtains for yourself, all you need are a few basic stitches. You can make your curtains out of crochet thread for a lacy look, or worsted-weight yarn for a thicker fabric.

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Things you need

  • Yarn
  • Crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Large eye blunt needle
  • Curtain rod

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    Choose your materials. When you want to make curtains, choose yarn that will match the design theme you're after. If you want lightweight, lacy curtains then choose a cotton crochet thread as your yarn; for this type of material, you will need a small crochet hook, such as a U.S. size F or smaller. If you want your curtains to be thicker, any variety of worsted-weight yarn will do. For this yarn, choose a size H hook.

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    Crochet a gauge swatch. This will help you determine how many stitches you will need in order to make your curtains the desired size to fit your window measurements. Start by making a swatch of 10 double crochet stitches. Crochet four or five rows this way, and measure the width of your rows. Use this to determine how many stitches you will need in order to make your curtains. For example, if your gauge swatch is 3 inches wide, and your window is 30 inches wide, then you need to start with 100 double crochet stitches in your curtains (10 times the number of stitches in your swatch).

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    Begin with a starting chain to match your gauge measurements, then make double crochet stitches across every row for three rows. For the next row, you will make the place for your curtain rod to slide through. Start your row with three double crochet stitches, then chain one and skip one double crochet, and make one double crochet stitch in the following stitch. Continue in this pattern across the row; chain one, skip one, double crochet. When you get to the last three stitches, double crochet those stitches.

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    Make the next row a row of solid double crochet stitches across. After that, you can use any stitch pattern you like to finish your curtains. Try shell stitches--three double crochets in one double crochet--for a lacy look. Or simply alternate rows four and five of your previously established pattern for a mesh curtain style. Continue to crochet until your curtains reach their desired length, then finish off by cutting the yarn and making a slip knot in your final stitch. Weave in the loose ends with a large eye blunt needle.

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    Thread the curtain rod through the mesh created on row four. Hang the curtains in your window and enjoy.

Tips and warnings

  • If you don't want to make a mesh row for the curtain rod, you can crochet a few extra rows and sew the top edge down to create a pocket for the curtain rod to slide through. You can also attach the yarn at the top edge after your curtains are finished and make chain stitch loops across the top to hang the curtains from.

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