I trust you've had success putting together your pillowcases. Are you ready to embellish them with a little crochet lace edge?
Trust me, I am not an experienced crocheter (is that a word? ‘Knitter' is a word, so I assume ‘crocheter' is a word as well.) In fact, I taught myself to crochet about a month ago. Switching from knitting to crocheting does take a little concentration. I kept wanting to keep my stitches on my crochet hook. In fact, crocheting is just the opposite, you take your stitiches off of your hook. The other difference I found, bearing in mind I'm a right-handed knitter, is that when knitting I like my yarn on my right side. For crochet, having the yarn on left side of me made a big difference.
There are plenty of tutorials in the blogosphere that teach you to knit. I'm not a ‘re-create the wheel' kind of gal, so here are some links to sites that I found useful for specific stitches:
You will be doing a blanket stitch around the opening of your pillowcase. This provides the anchor for your crochet edging. I found this parenting site, which explains the stitch for children, to be very helpful. Not sure what that says about me, but the bunny hole, frog and log verse ran through my mind as worked my stitches! And it made me smile!
Chain Stitch (ch)
www.anniescatalog.com does a great job explaining this foundation stitch. There are illustrated, step-by-step instructions, as well as a video. Bear in mind that when making the edge of the pillowcase, you'll be working your chain stitch under the blanket stitch you've put on the edge of your pillowcase.
Single Crochet (sc)
Once again, www.anniescatalog explained the stitch very well.
Double Crochet (ds)
www.anniescatalog.com, sticking with what works.
Slip Stitch (sl st)
Going with Lions Brand on this one.
Before I jumped in to working on my pillowcase, I got a scrap piece of long-ish fabric. I sewed the 2 short ends together to fashion a ‘column' like the pillowcase opening. I practiced my blanket stitch and crochet for bit on this fabric to get my tension down and learn some stitches.
Supplies needed to crochet a border/lace on pillowcase:
How I put the border/lace edge on my pillowcases:
Once you've mastered this stitch, try some variations. Instead of 5 dc in your scallop, try doing 2 dc, 1 tc (triple crochet) and then 2 more dc. This will give just a wee bit of a point to your scallop. This is shown on the turquoise/pink pillowcase.
Another variation I tried is working a double crochet all around the pillowcase opening before I started my scallop, as shown below.
Hope this wee tutorial gives you novice crocheters just the nudge you need to make this fun project.
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