How to Add Crochet Edging to Clothing

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How to Add Crochet Edging to Clothing
Adding a lacy crocheted edging to clothing makes a pretty embellishment. (Steve Mason/Valueline/Getty Images)

Many hemmed edges of garments could feature a crocheted edge. Jacket edges, sleeve edges, collars and skirt hems are all suitable spots where you can add crochet edging to clothing. Because the hemmed edge of the fabric is probably not conducive for crocheting the edging directly onto the fabric, you must first create the loops along the fabric edge. After creating this edge, you can then go back and crochet the delicate edging.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Crochet cotton (size 10)
  • Embroidery needle
  • Scissors
  • Steel crochet hook (size 9)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut an 18-inch length of crochet cotton and thread the embroidery needle with the crochet cotton.

  2. 2

    Insert the needle through the fabric from the backside through to the front. Position the needle about 1/4-inch from the hemmed edge where you wish to crochet. You will stitch from left to right. Pull the needle through to leave a 3-inch tail on the backside of the fabric.

  3. 3

    Position the crochet cotton straight up from the point where the needle came through the fabric. Insert the needle down about 1/4-inch to the right of this point and then back up immediately above this point along the very edge of the fabric.

  4. 4

    Pull the needle through while holding the crochet cotton above the needle. This completes one blanket stitch.

  5. 5

    Keep the crochet cotton straight up and take another vertical stitch 1/4-inch to the right, pushing the needle out along the very edge of the fabric again. Pull the needle through to complete the second blanket stitch. Repeat this process along the entire edge where you want to add the crochet edging.

  6. 6

    Insert the needle down through the fabric to the backside when you reach the end of the edge. Tie a small knot and clip off the excess thread with the scissors.

  7. 7

    Tie a slip knot and place it onto the crochet hook. Insert the crochet hook under the loop created by the blanket stitch at the point where you wish to begin crocheting. Yarn over and pull the loop through with the hook to attach the thread to the fabric.

  8. 8

    Crochet a single crochet along the entire edge where you stitched the blanket stitches, placing one single crochet into every loop of the blanket stitches. Join the first single crochet and the last single crochet with a slip stitch.

  9. 9

    Chain four stitches and crochet a single crochet in the same stitch. Chain four stitches and crochet a single crochet in the next stitch. Repeat this sequence in each single crochet around. Join the first single crochet and the last single crochet with a slip stitch.

  10. 10

    Cut off the crochet cotton to leave a 4-inch tail. Yarn over and pull the tail all the way through with the hook. Tighten the crochet cotton.

  11. 11

    Weave in the tails of crochet cotton by threading each one through the embroidery needle, weaving in the tail through the single crochet stitches and cutting off the excess thread.

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