Jess Hutch.

Thursday, September 29, 2005


I've been experimenting with crocheted edgings for one of my new patterns. I wanted something simple, sweet, and small, and my beloved Creative Hands series delivered - chapter 10 of the crochet section is entitled "Trimmings and borders galore"! So far, this edging is my favorite - it doesn't constrict the natural stretchiness of the knitted fabric, and is decorative but doesn't look overly lacy. It's just a nice little edge.

It's so enjoyable to crochet this picot edging that I kind of want to put it on everything I own. Again, from Creative Hands: "Nearly everything in your linen closet can be given a different look with crochet edging in fine cotton." Indeed. It's completely addictive, and super quick.

Here's the pattern I used - it's called "small picot edging" - you can either do a free-standing trim to sew to something, or you can crochet the edging into an existing piece of fabric (woven, knitted, or crocheted). I'm going to write it out in plain English because for some reason crochet abbreviations make my head hurt.

Crocheted onto the object to be embellished:
Single crochet into the edge of your fabric. Chain 3, single crochet twice into the first chain. Now just single crochet into the fabric again (I skipped one knit stitch on edge of the fabric) and continue with pattern. I used an E hook (aka sz 4, aka 3.5mm) and worsted weight yarn. Easy peasy.

Chain 3, work 2 single crochets into the first of the three chains, repeat. Wow!

In other crochet news, I was so impressed by Monster Crochet's filet crochet skeleton antimacassar. Filet crochet has such a lovely, old-fashioned look to it, and antimacassars are pretty much the height of Victorian fussiness - I love how she coupled that with such an unconventional symbol. And yet the Victorians themselves were obsessed with death - it all comes together. It's just so perfect!

Lastly, possibly the best job opportunity/living situation of all time. I am so tempted!

Lastly lastly, for reals, I turned on the word verification setting on the comments, due to spam. Spam makes me glum.


At 1:15 AM , Melissa said...

I followed the job opportunity link and I think I will be having dreams about that for some time. Imagine it! I like your crochet edging too.

At 12:54 PM , Rain said...

I lurve me a nice picot edge! Crochet edging in general, actually. I think they're so pretty, easy, and quick. The thought of knitting an edging makes me want to cry. I know some knitted edges are incredily beautiful, but it's not something I'd ever be able to master...

At 5:53 PM , ladylinoleum said...

Awww, thanks Jess! I loved crocheted edgings. They are really quite beautiful and they remind me of the gorgeous hankie edgings my Nana used to work up.


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