I have finally finished the Wedding Cake Tutorial. Now I can focus on some crochet projects again! Today I want to share the crochet edges I put on these muslins for a friend’s baby shower. A simple little crochet edge (or border) to pretty up her burping cloths. And you can just as easily use this technique to apply a crochet edge or border to a baby blanket.
After my statement about having three more days on my own with Xander – and probably because I made the statement – Lynda informed me that she would not be able to look after them for the last 2 days. Things like that always happen and I should have known not to bargain on those last precious days to get everything done.
Lynda’s baby shower was indeed a surprise and we had a great time – even though quite a few people canceled at the last minute. Grrrrr!
Now we are all just waiting to see if she will still have her baby on the 5th or if they are going to move the cesarean forward to next week (or today!!!).
So in the spirit of all things baby I have decided to share these muslins I did a while ago. They were for another friend of mine and formed part of her baby shower gift. They are easy enough to make, but do take a bit of time. They actually took me quite a lot of time, because I HATE working with a tiny crochet hook. Probably because my fingers are so dumb.
Muslins usually have a grid pattern on them. You will be working into these grid lines. If yours does not have grid-lines – or you want to adapt this technique to a blanket or something, work into the cloth at 1 cm intervals.
- 2 mm Crochet Hook
- Anchor Crochet Cotton No.8
- Needle to work away ends
- Baby Muslins or Baby Blanket
Pink Blanket Stitch Border
- Insert your crochet hook through the fabric just under the seam.
- Yarn over and pull up a loop. Pull the loop up to the edge of the fabric.
- Yarn over again and pull through both loops on the hook.
- Pull at the loop on your hook so that it stretches to the next grid line. This completes your first sc. Insert your hook into the next grid line just under the seam and repeat the whole process.
- Make 1 sc every cm/grid-line, pulling your thread/yarn through enough so that it stretches to the next grid-line.
- To make the corners, work *1 sc, 5 ch’s, 1 sc* into every corner.
Purple Crochet Edge
Push your crochet hook through the fabric just under the seam. Yarn over and pull up a loop. Pull the loop to the edge of the fabric. Yarn over again and pull through both loops on the hook (This is your first sc). Chain 2. *See the first 3 images for the Pink Edge above*
- *Insert your hook through the fabric at the next grid-line…
- … and make a sc as before.
- Ch 1…
- …and make another sc.
- Ch 2.* Repeat 1-5 until you get to the corner.
- Corner: Instead of making 2 chain stitches, make 3 ch st’s to turn the corner and repeat the sc,ch-1,sc pattern in the same spot. You should now have 4 sc’s in the corner hole.
Continue on as before. If you find that you need an extra chain stitch here and there so that your edge doesn’t start pulling on the muslin, be my guest ;)
Flowers: Surface Crochet
- Insert your crochet hook into the fabric from front to back and again from back to front (like sewing with a needle).
- Yarn over and pull up a loop.
- Ch 1.
- Repeat this 7 more times within the confines of one grid-square, each time going into the hole from the previous sl st.
- You want to end up with a rough octagonal shape. Join to the first st with a sl st.
- Into the same stitch: *ch 1, 1 hdc, 5 dc, 1 hdc, ch 1, sl st.*
- Repeat this pattern on the remaining 7 stitches and finish off by working a sl st into the first st of the first petal.
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Jayne R says
I love this edging! I remember my grandma doing this on pillow cases. I am wondering how it would work on white (flour sack) dish towels? Maybe I would have to mark it out and pre-poke holes in them? Thank you so much!
Dedri Uys says
You can buy a crochet hook with a sharp end, which will negate the need for poking holes first. Have a look at this post, there’s a link there: Crochet Organza Bag
Susan Gregg says
Do you have any suggestions for adding silky ribbon to crocheted blankets.
IE: taggie loveys
Dedri Uys says
Hi Susan…I have thought about it before, but haven’t yet hit upon a method I like. If I see one (or come up with one), I’ll let you know.