Crochet edgings onto almost anything that needs a border. Slips, pillowcases, or the bottom of a skirt look better with a crocheted edging, as well as sweaters, diaper covers, afghans, or throws. Any knitted or crocheted items look more finished with a crocheted edging. Some fabrics, such as polyester that have a dense weave, are not good candidates for directly crocheted edging. In that case, make the edging separately, and sew it onto the fabric.
Crochet a row of single stitches around the opening of the pillow slip. A metal crochet hook slips readily between the woven fibers of the fabric. This row of single stitches is the foundation for your edging.
Decide what pattern works best for the edging. Crochet a simple loop edging by chaining three at the beginning of the pattern row, skip two stitches in the foundation row, and slip stitch in the third stitch. Continue this all the way around.
Embellish a simple loop pattern. After you have crocheted all the way around the item, continue the next row by crocheting six double-crochet stitches in each loop and slip stitch into each previous slip stitch. This creates a ruffled look.
Bind off the work by snipping the thread at the last stitch and pull the loose thread through the last loop. Work the loose end back through the crocheted edging.
Edging a Polyester Slip
Measure the bottom edge of the slip. Crochet a chain that is as long as that measurement. The crocheted chain is the foundation for the edging.
Hold the chain facing you so that it looks like a long braid. Skip the next-to-last stitch in the chain, and single stitch in the next stitch. Single stitch all the way down the length of the crocheted chain. At the end, chain once, turn the work, and single chain back up the length of the work.
Single chain at the end of the work, and turn. Skip the first stitch, single chain in the next stitch, then chain three. Skip the next two stitches, slip stitch in the third, chain three, skip two, and slip stitch in the next stitch.
Continue to chain three, skip two, and slip stitch in stitch three across the work. At the end, either bind off, or work a ruffled row as you did with the pillow slip. Snip the thread when you reach the last stitch, pull the thread through the last loop, and work the loose end back through the edge of the crochet.
Pin the edging to the bottom of the slip. Either sew the edging to the slip by hand or with a sewing machine. In either instance, a ball-pointed needle is better rather than a sharp-pointed needle. A ball-pointed needle slips between the fibers rather than gouging through them, which avoids pulling threads in the polyester.
Tips & Warnings
- Find a wide variety of edging stitches in stitch dictionaries and edging books. The edgings described in this article are very basic.
- Crochet for Dummies; Susan Brittain; 2010.
- Needlecraft Publishing Company; Handbook of Wool Knitting and Crochet; Anonymous; 1918; Kindle Public Domain Books; 2006.
- Handbook of Wool Knitting and Crochet; Needlecraft Publishing; 1918.
- Edgings: Coats & Clarks Publication number 236; 1947.
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