Frequent Threads contributor Daryl Lancaster demonstrates how to finish garment edges with decorative crochet. This method is an alternative to facings, bands, and turned-and-stitched edges. It’s simple to do, and is less bulky along the edges of heavy fabrics. A crocheted edge makes an excellent treatment for garment areas where the right and wrong sides are visible, as it looks good on both sides.
Tools and materials
You’ll need tiny, pointy steel crochet hooks. They can pierce the fabric easily and enable you to grab the crochet material. You can find new hooks, but you may also find nice vintage ones at yard sales or flea markets.
For the trim, consider materials such as needlework wool, embroidery floss, pearl cotton, tapestry yarns (separate the plies if desired), solid or variegated sock or fingering weight yarn, or other relatively fine knitting or crochet materials.
Stabilize the edges first
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