How to Add Crochet Trim to Any Fabric Edgecomments (16) September 9th, 2008
One of my favorite ways to add a handmade touch to garments I make or to customize manufactured clothing is to embellish with a crochet edging. Crochet, unlike embroidery or knitting, can't be done by machines, so I consider it the ultimate handcraft. In this tutorial, I'll be using a T-shirt neckline, but the same technique can be adapted for use on a cuff or hem of any knit or woven garment.
1. Since I'm using a premade T-shirt in this example, the first thing to do is cut off the neckband.
You can make the neckline lower and/or wider if you want to, since it'll be filled back in with the crochet.
2. Next, I turn the raw edge under by 1/4 inch and pin it all around. Sometimes I don't turn the edge under, but doing so gives a cleaner look.
3. Ready to crochet! Note: I'm using a fingering-weight yarn, but you can experiment with different weights to see what works best for your garment. Because my yarn is fine, I'm able to use one of my tiny steel hooks, which are great for poking directly into the knit of the shirt. If you decide to use worsted or bigger yarn, you will want to prepoke your holes with a large darning needle so that you can get the hook through. (I would make a test swatch first to check gauge and how far apart the holes should be.) You may also wish to measure and mark (with a disappearing marker) your hole placement before you begin. Me, I just dive right in!
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