Crocheted edgings are another way you can personalize an article of clothing or update a home decor item. You can just about take any stitch pattern you like and use it as an edging for whatever strikes your fancy.
The most important part of doing an edging is making sure that your stitch placement guides/holes are even. There are several different types of tools available to make those holes for you so that they are spaced evenly to give a wonderful finished look. Check out the edgerydoo which looks like it does an excellent job of making small holes for you to crochet an edging along a blanket, etc. Also, the blogspot called At Home in English Valley used a Skip Stitch Rotary Blade to create small holes in a flour sack tea towel for crocheting a nice edge.
Another thing that I like to do as a foundation to crochet an edging on to is the lazy daisy or detached chain embroidery stitch. This doesn’t require making any holes and you can embroider the stitch along the edge of almost anything.
NOTE: I am left-handed so embroidery stitches are started from the opposite end of fabric from a right-handed person. However, I crochet right-handed so the single crochet stitches are going in the other direction!! That’s what happens when you are the only left-handed person in your household growing up. No one could teach me how to crochet left-handed!!
An important factor to keep in mind whether you are making holes for stitches or using an embroidery stitch for the foundation, is to plan for your stitch multiplier. A stitch multiple is the number of stitches needed to crochet a complete stitch pattern. Example: if your edging pattern calls for a multiple of 3, you need to insure that your foundation row can be divided by 3 evenly. Plus you will need to have one more hole or embroidery stitch for turning or corners if needed.
After you have your foundation row set up, I like to go around my entire foundation row crocheting a single crochet in all my stitches or holes (at this time, you can insure you have the correct number of SC for your pattern, increase in a stitch if you need to). By doing this, you have a nice base to work from. After completing your row of SC, then you are ready to begin the edging design you have chosen.
Once you start crocheting edgings onto your projects, your hook will have a mind of its own!!!
- TIP: If you are doing the lazy daisy embroidery stitch, use the same color crochet thread for the foundation row so that everything blends together.
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