I have been still working on crochet around towel sets and bathmats.
Last week I got a lot of questions on crochet edgings. So this week I am going to go on with that and I hope it helps!
Firstly go here to a post I wrote a couple of years ago. It shows some things you can add edgings to plus a basic tutorial on how to do a simple edge and how to get that foundation row done.
Since then I have seen so many new things with a crochet ending including tablecloths, napkins, bath mats, pretty bibs (burp cloths) curtains, skirts, scarves and many more!
For the basics start with my old post and what I say here will be in a addition.
Firstly there are extra ways of working your foundation row. The main thing is finding something that will make holes easily through your material. Some things are much easier than others. Towels are usually easy as they are soft. If you want to do an edge around thick cotton or denim you are going to need a super fine hook, skewer, darning needle or something like that.
After I wrote this Glenda told me there is a device you can buy that makes the holes for you! Vicky also suggested to run things through the sewing machine with no thread to make your holes and regular spaces.
Rosanne and Vicky both work their edging and sew it all on afterwards meaning they don't need to do the foundation row. So there are many options and you can do what you think is easiest.
Most times I let how something is made dictate where that first row will go and how wide it is. If there is a hem or border then I work my holes just under that line where there is a single layer of fabric as you don't want to be trying to get a hole through layers. Hems and borders helpfully give you a lovely straight line to follow too. Some ladies mark out their holes/stitches by measuring and placing dots. I don't I just go by my eye. So thats up to you.
When Mel was here we were studying a bathmat that my sister in law gave me with a beautiful crochet edge. We decided it looked easy enough to copy so I am going to share that here.
As with all patterns it is going to look finer and lacier with a fine cotton and chunkier and thicker with a thick cotton. This is the bathmat I am copying:
I had a towelling bath mat and 5 ply cotton so thats what I've used.
The first row I just did a basic double crochet into my hole, one chain then a DC into the towelling and worked that all around. I used my really fine crochet hook for this row.
I just choose one that will go through and also pick up the cotton ok.
The next row I changed up to a medium crochet hook. On this round I worked one double crochet into the first chain of the foundation row. Then three chain and skipping three chain spaces I worked a double crochet into the fourth space. So it formed bridges and pillars like this:
Easy! The next row I worked three double crochet into each "bridge" and one chain between each set...
The next row...
This ones a bit different. I worked three double crochet, one chain and three more double crochet into the first "bridge" then one chain and skipping one whole bridge and going over to the alternating one repeat the there double crochet, one chain and three double crochet into that space... and work around doing this skipping a space each time...
So now you are starting to get a scallop edge. You could even finish it there if you are fed up by now!
The final row really makes it though!
This time work five double crochet, one chain and five more double crochet into the very top chain space of you last row of arches. It is one arch on top of another. Then work one single crochet in between each set to secure your arch in place. And repeat. . This gives you a very big scallop to finish.
I really love the result and can see it on pillowcases, sheets and kitchen towels!
It is really just a series of easy rows. And possibly not even correct but what I could make of the bathmat edging by looking at it closely.
I think it was Mark Twain who said "the more you explain it to me the less I understand it". lol
If this applies please try you tube or find some tutorials as if edgings appeal to you they are easy and fun.
I have imaginings now of making covers for food with these edges and gingham curtains with this along the bottom! It costs very little to really add a lot to something!
Also remember when women ran a row of lace along their pantry shelves? Imagine working crochet edgings for this!
Vickie from Vickie's Kitchen and Garden did this. I love it! She had plain metal shelves and take a look at what she did!
Thank you for letting me share this Vickie! Her blog is really good to follow as amongst other things one of her regular features is current listings of wonderful free ebooks. I follow on Facebook and then never miss the books I want to add to my collection. They are amazing!
So there are many ideas for your crochet trims and lacy edgings. As usual it is a case of too many ideas and things I want to do and not enough hours!
What are you working on and adding to your gift cupboard? I hope the week is going well! xxx
PS next week we will start Show and Tell again! Thank you for the photos already! Please feel free to post pictures on the Bluebirds Facebook page or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I love to see what you're working on! xxx