Crocheted edging adds elegance to plain linens and complements embroidery and other embellishments. Add a round or two of picots to a handkerchief, or make up a length of freestanding trim to sew on clothing or other textiles. Linen blanks may be bought with "hemstitched" or "perle" borders --- perforated or whipstitched edges --- to anchor a crocheted trim. You can also cut handkerchiefs or napkins from any lightweight fabric, roll a slight hem as you crochet around and slip your crochet hook through the weave of the fabric to draw the thread that holds the hem and anchors the trim at the same time.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Handkerchief-sized piece of fine linen or cotton, such as lawn or batiste
- Small ball size 10 crochet cotton
- Size C crochet hook
Start anywhere on the edge of your hanky, but it will be easiest to begin an inch or more from a corner. Insert your hook from the wrong side, through a hemstitch hole, right against the perled edge, or 4 or 5 threads in from the raw edge. Draw the end of the trim thread through the fabric. Tie a snug knot in the trim thread, rolling a raw edge toward the wrong side and letting the knot lie against the hemmed edge.
Insert the hook through the same hole, but from the right side. Draw up a loop of trim thread and make three chain stitches.
Insert the hook from the right side again, two fabric threads away from the first hole and the same distance from the edge. Draw up a loop, again rolling the hem if necessary, allowing the first chain to stand out from the fabric to form a picot. Chain 3.
Repeat Step 3 along that side of the hanky. When you come to the corner, make three picots in the same fabric hole, rolling and tucking the edges of the fabric. Continue around the remaining sides and corners, anchoring the final picot in the fabric hole where you started. Break the thread and pull the end through the last stitch to finish off. Weave the loose end into the edge stitches.
Simple Picot Edging
Chain 5. Double crochet in the third chain from the hook and the next two chains. Make two double crochet in the last chain, Chain 5 and turn.
Single crochet in each double crochet across. Chain 2 and turn.
Double crochet in first three single crochet. Single crochet in the final stitch. Chain 1 and turn.
Skip the first stitch in the row. Single crochet across. Chain 2 and turn.
Double crochet in the first three stitches. Two double crochet in the last stitch. Chain 5 and turn. Repeat from Step 2 until your trim reaches the length you need, ending with Step 4 and omitting the turning chain. Finish off and sew the trim to your fabric.
Crochet a Zigzag Trim
Tips and warnings
- To work a second round of picots around a hanky, instead of finishing off after Step 4, slip stitch along the side of the original picot, then draw up a loop through the top of that picot. Make longer chains between if you like as you work your way around.
- Make a fancier version of this edging with a narrower solid band, another chain-5 picot on the other side or other combinations of stitches.
- Any edging pattern becomes more delicate in finer thread --- common sizes go as high as 80 --- worked with a smaller hook.
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