How to Dress Up Your Curtain with a Crochet Tiebackcomments (16) May 17th, 2013
Spruce up your space with a simple accent: a flower-covered curtain tieback.
Here's what you'll need:
- Cup hook and drill (you might already have a hook in your wall to loop the tieback on to, but if not, you'll need one)
- A few skeins of scrap yarn to coordinate with your curtains (I used Tahki Stacy Cotton Classic, but any yarn will do) and a hook in the corresponding size (I used an F-5 3.75mm hook)
- Yarn needle
- Assorted buttons (optional)
- Two Ring Dings plastic craft rings or two D-rings
To get started, install the hook to the left or right of the window (depending which way you want to pull the curtain). I installed mine outside of the window frame so I can let as much light in as possible. Next, measure from the hook, around the curtain and back to the hook to determine the length of your tieback. A longer tieback will let the curtain hang without too much bunching, so play with the length to see what you like before you get started.
Make a foundation chain to match the measured length. Using a worsted-weight yarn and a size F-5 (3.75mm) hook, I made my foundation chain 55 stitches (13 inches) in length. Next, start building up the width of the pattern as follows:
Row 1 (RS): Chain 3 (counts as double crochet), double crochet in 4th ch from hook and in each chain across, turn.
Row 2: Chain 3, double crochet in next dc and each dc across.
Repeat row 2 until you reach the desired width, keeping in mind that the edging will add about another 3/4 inch of width. Fasten off. I made mine 3 rows wide.
Next, add an easy edging for a little contrast. With the right side of the work facing you, attach the yarn in the upper right-hand corner of the tieback. *2 double crochet in next stitch, slipstitch in each of next 2 stitches; repeat from * around the tieback, working into the sides of the stitches on the short ends. Join with a slipstitch in the first ch. Fasten off.
Make a few crocheted flowers to accent your band. I used my free pattern-work as directed to make 1 large flower (shown in yellow), and work through round 2 only to make a medium flower (shown in gold). I used this free pattern to make the tiny flower. Of course, you can use any flower pattern you like, and feel free to mix and match. Here's a list of a whole bunch of free flower patterns for you.
Weave in the ends of the flowers, sew buttons to their centers (if desired) and then arrange them on the tieback. Fold the tieback in half first, with the short ends facing the side that your curtain will be pulled to. Arrange and sew on the flowers to the front half only of the tieback to be sure you'll see them all.
Next, you'll need to attach a ring to the inside of each short edge as shown below. With a length of yarn, make a few stitches around the ring to secure it, then weave in the yarn ends.
Wrap the tieback around your curtain, and slide the rings over the hook in your wall-voila!
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