Crochet with Kate: pretty crochet edging
Jazz up your tea towels and pillow cases with pretty crocheting edging with Kate Eastwood from the Just Pootling blog!
Adding pretty crochet edges to anything is fun! Run around your house and find anything that could benefit from prettying up and use Kate’s fantastic step by step instructions to add some gorgeous edgings! (The LoveCrochet editors have been over-excitedly doing this all week!)
You will need:
- DMC Natura Cotton 4ply – Kate used:
- Oranges: Golden Lemon 43, Tournesol 16, Moss Green 75, Safran 47 and Giroflee 85.
- Pinks & purples: Spring Rose 07, Erica 51, Rose Soraya 32, Aramanto 21 and Rose Layette 41.
- A 3mm hook
- Tapestry needles, and needles suitable for sewing through cotton/linen.
Kate worked two different patterns for these tea towels – a shell edging (yellow plain and taupe spotty) and a chain loop edging (orange check and cream stripe). These patterns are written in UK terminology, don’t forget our handy conversion chart if you need to translate to US!
Begin your edging by working a row of simple blanket stitch at the top and bottom of your tea towel. As Kate’s tea towel was quite a heavy weight fabric she used a double thread to sew the blanket stitch.
Make sure your stitches are evenly spaced across the row. It’s worth spending a bit of time over this as it will be the foundation for your crochet edging.
Once you have completed your blanket stitch you are ready to start the crochet part.
Working from left to right carefully work 2 dc stitches in to each of the top parts of the blanket stitch. You may find that this varies according to your tension and the size of your blanket stitch, but as a rough rule of thumb Kate’s blanket stitch spacing was probably about just under a cm a stitch and this fitted two dc quite nicely.
At the end of the row, ch 1 , turn and work back along the row, again in dc (above right).
At the end of the row ch 1 and turn. You are now on your final row so this is where we are going to add the shell border.
The pattern for this is as follows: *dc into the next st, miss 1 st, work 5 tr in to the next st, miss 1 st, work 1 dc in to the next st*.
Repeat from * to * to the end of the row.
At the end of the row finish off and sew in the yarn ends. Repeat the same pattern along the bottom edge of the tea towel.
Chain loop edging
Start this edging in exactly the same way by working a row of blanket stitch. Crochet 2 dc into each blanket stitch space.
Work one row of dc and at the end of the row ch 1 and turn. You are now going to work the chain loop edging as follows:
Work 1 dc in to the first st, * ch 3 , skip 1 st, 1 dc in to the next st*
Repeat from * to * to the end of the row. Finish off and sew in the yarn ends.
For pillowcases, Kate wanted a slightly lacier effect so as well as using a couple of different colours for each pillowcase she chose a more curvy border.
Start off in exactly the same way as for the tea towels, by working a row of blanket stitch across the end of your pillowcase. As pillowcases are a much finer cotton than tea towels, use a single strand of yarn for the sewing part.
After your row of blanket stitch crochet a row of dc , fitting 2 dc in to each stitch space. For the next row of dc, Kate used a different coloured yarn.
To finish the edging just add a curvy border as follows:
At the start of the row sl st, then *dc in to the next st, htr in to the next st, work 3 tr into the next st, then work a htr, followed by a dc, followed by a sl st *. Repeat from * to * to the end of the row. Finish off and sew in your yarn ends.
And before you know it, you’ll be edging everything in sight!