Hello friends, is spring slowly creeping into your part of world (unless you're in the southern hemisphere and then I guess you're heading into fall)? For all intents and purposes, we have had a mild winter here in the southeastern part of the U.S. That being said, it's always a good thing for one season to head out the door and a new one to be ushered in.
I'm all about creating cozy in the fall and winter months, like my big chunky throw. However, I'm not keen about all those heavy blankets lying around my home in the spring and summer so I end up stashing them away for a couple of months.
But there are times in the spring and early summer when I find myself needing some kind of throw to cover my legs, even in these warmer months. It's no secret that I have a penchant for linen, so when I spied this linen throw, I had no choice but to follow that call.
And while I specifically made this as a throw to cover my legs on a cool spring or summer evening, I realized that this linen throw has many uses.
It is also a great throw for the foot of a bed during the spring and summer, especially if you want to swap out a heavier throw for a lighter linen throw during the warmer months.
Need a quick table cloth for a card table? This is the perfect size!
I opted to skip the fancy crochet edge and keep my linen throw very simple, so simple that someone who has never crocheted before can do this. Trust me. With a few practice passes of the simple single crochet stitch, you'll be ready to crochet this edge on your piece of linen to create your own linen throw.
I've made a couple of videos to help if you need it.
So let's talk about linen for a minute. Try to get a 100% linen fabric, which comes in a variety of colors. With the 100% linen, the fibers will react the same when washed. I was able to find 100% linen priced from $9.99 per yard up to $16.99 per yard.
What you need to make a linen throw, 55″ by 55″:
- Linen in the desired length. I wanted a square, so since my fabric was 57″ wide, I bought 1 2/3 yard.
- 1 ball DMC Pearl Cotton Ball Size 5 53 Yards-I used Cream
- 2 balls Aunt Lydia's Crochet Cotton, #3
- Sewing Machine
- Crochet Hook, size D/3
- Ironing Board
- Piece of cardstock with a line drawn across 1/4″ down from stop and another 1/2″ down from top. See below for illustration.
- Disappearing ink pen, optional
How to make your linen throw:
- You are going to want to wash your throw before you sew, but before you wash it, run a quick stitch with your sewing machine or you will have a unraveled, knotted mess!
- Wash and dry your linen. I dried mine on a very low heat
- Iron down, using spray starch, 1/4″ on all sides and then iron down,using spray starch, 1/2″ on all sides. I found the easiest way to do this part is to have a a piece of cardstock marked at those increments that I could fold the fabric over and iron.
- Once you have 1/4″ turned over and ironed, and then 1/2″ turned over and ironed, it's time to make your mitred corners. Here is the link to a tutorial I did on mitred corners.
- Once your mitred corners are done, you may be inclined to sew the hem down. I found it best to wait on this. If you sew it down, all your knots from sewing the backstitch will show. If you've starched it well, the crease will remain while you sew in the backstitch and you can sew the hem afterwards.
- I made marks every 2 cm around the perimeter of the linen with the disappearing ink, threaded my needle with the pearl cotton and sewed the backstitch at the edge.
- If you aren’t familiar with the back stitch, it’s very simple. Come up from the back of your fabric and out point number 1. Then go in point number 2 and out point number 3. You will then go back in point number 1 and out point number 4. From point 4 you’ll go in at 3 and out at 5. Get it?
- Once you've sewn the backstitch around the linen throw, you can get started with putting the crochet edge on. Work 4 single crochets into each back stitch segment. This youtube video will show you how to pick up four stitches within each backstitch segment. You'll repeat this for each backstitch segment all around your throw. At your corners, add two extra chain stitches as your turn the corner. In other words, when you get to the last segment before the corner, after you've done your 4th stitch, do two chains before you start the 1st single crochet in the first segment on the next side. Make sense?
- Once you've gone all the way around, putting 4 single crochets into each back stitch segment, You can start your extending your edge as wide as you'd like. I did 3 rows of single crochet to get the edge I have. In the video I mention the ‘little Vs. That's what the stitches look like from the top to me. In any event, you want to single crochet in every stitch, which you can tell by the V made on the previous row.
- When you get to each corner put 3 extra single crochet stitches in your corners, as shown in the next video. Do this at every corner, no matter how many rows you make your edge.
- Once you've added all the rows you want, tie off your crochet thread and weave it into the edging.
- To finish it, use your sewing machine to sew down the hem that you had ironed and starched earlier.
And that's all it takes to make your own linen throw with a crochet edge. I'm heading back to the fabric store this week to pick up a pretty green/blue linen to make one of these for my bed.
If you're looking to get a head start on Mother's Day or need a house warming gift,a linen throw would make a great option.
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