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Let’s Learn Crochet Edgings

Let’s Learn Crochet Edgings

How to make Crochet Edgings? Now let’s talk about these techniques.

Once the main crochet section has been made, an edging is often added to finish off the item. The way this is done can transform the work – if the edging is wrong, a beautiful piece of crochet can be ruined!

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Attaching the yarn

Often you will need to rejoin the yam to the work before the edging can be made To attach the yarn to the point specified in the pattern, start by making a slip loop in the usual way. Slip this over the hook and insert the hook into the work. Take the yarn over and around the hook and pull this loop through both the work and the slip loop. You are now ready to start the edging

Working the stitches

Crochet edgings are usually made by working directly into the stitches along the edges of the main section Where you are working across the top of a row. place the stitches under both of the chain-effect loops in the usual way. Across the foundation chain edge, work through the remaining loop of the chain left at the bottom of each stitch.

The way the stitches are placed along row ends will depend on the stitch used for the main section. If it is a lacy pattern, you may have to work around the chains or trebles along the edges, but if it is a solid double crochet fabric, you may be able to insert the hook through the actual stitches. For some stitch patterns, you may need to use a combination of both methods.

Along shaped edges, the shaping often creates a stepped effect, and here you will have a combination of row ends and row tops to work into, so use a variety of ways of inserting the hook into the work. If the edging is worked correctly, it will smooth out the edge.

Edgings are often added to pieces to gently pull in and hold what is otherwise rather a loose edge, particularly along the foun­dation chain edge, where there is a tendency for the work to flute out. It is therefore important that the number of stitches worked for the edging is correct. Even if a pattern specifies the number of stitches to be worked along an edge, you may need to work slightly more or less because of the tension of your work. Or you could work the number stated, using a size smaller hook.

For a very simple edging, a pattern may often just” say ‘work one row (or round) of double crochet’, leaving you to work out exactly how many stitches you should make. If you make too many, the edge will be fluted, but too few will make it pull. The number of stitches you need depends on how loosely you crochet, the type of edge and the type of yarn. As one or two rows of crochet can be very elastic, you need far fewer stitches than you think.

Across the top and bottom of the work, it is probably best to work one stitch for every stitch of the original edge, though you may need to miss a few stitches here and there to keep the edge neat.

The number of stitches you will need along a row- end edge depends on the height of the stitches. As a rough guide, work one stitch for every double crochet row end, and two stitches for every treble row end. Try to keep the number of stitches you work for each type of row-end even so the edge will be smooth.

Many edgings will involve working around a corner. Obviously, you will need more stitches at the corner points so the work will lie flat. Edging stitches are worked into row ends or stitches – and, at the true corner point of a piece, there is neither of these! The point chosen for the corner point of an edging can be the last row end point or the first stitch of the row. The corner point may be specified in your pattern.

If the edging is worked in double crochet, three stitches worked into the corner point will give a neat, slightly rounded, but basically square, corner. The corner point of the next row, or round, of the edging, will be the central stitch of this group of three. Every row, or round, will need the three corner stitches.

If you are using taller stitches for the edging, the outer edge will obviously be longer, and so you will need to work more stitches into the corner point. Similarly, if it is not a right-angled corner, you will not need as many stitches.

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Lacy and Fancy Edgings

Not all edgings are as simple as a row or two of one type of stitch – some are lacy patterns themselves. Frequently a pattern will tell you to work a multiple of stitches plus a set amount along an edge for the first row, or round. This is then used as the ‘foundation chain’ for the patterned edging, and the pattern will not work out correctly if you do not work the correct number or multiple, of stitches. For a fancy edging, the pattern will usually tell you exactly what stitches to make the corner point.

The frequently used edging known as crab stitch gives a corded appearance. Although it looks compli­cated and may take you a while to get the hang of, it is incredibly simple. Crab stitch is simply a row of double crochet worked backward.

Many edgings use a picot to form a little loop that juts out beyond the edge. Picots can be worked on a smooth double crochet edge or as part of a fancy lacy edging. A picot is simply a loop of chain stitches where the ends are joined. The number of chain stitches in a picot, and the way the loop is closed, can vary from pattern to pattern.

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The most standard picot is one made up of three or four chain stitches and a slip stitch. At the point where the picot is to be made, work the chain stitches. Now close the loop by working a slip stitch into the first chain stitch of the picot.

Crab Stitch

  • When working in rows of double crochet., the work is turned at the beginning of each row in order to start the next. For crab stitch do not turn your work, but insert the hook into the last stitch of the last row.
  • Work a double crochet into this stitch in the usual way. Now continue back along the row. Working a double crochet into each stitch. Instead of the usual chain effect along the edge, you will get a corded effect-crab stitch!
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