I recently needed to add an edging to a shawl that I had crocheted. I tried various edgings but they did not meet my criteria which were:
- must be strong and preferably not too stretchy
- must be fairly quick
- must be added directly to the shawl i.e. no sewing involved
- must be economical i.e. not use up too much yarn
- must be easy
So, this is a summary (in UK terms) of what I did:
- Use the same size hook and yarn weight as the item that you are edging
- Edge the item with double crochet stitches (UK)
- If working around an item such as a shawl or blanket, use a slip stitch to join the last and first double crochets
- Chain 2
- Slip stitch into next double crochet
Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you reach the last double crochet. Slip stitch and cut yarn.
The green needle in the photo is pointing to where you slip stitch after chaining two. It really is that easy and almost feels like cheating!
The corner of my shawl was slightly less than a right angle and I was able to get around it by simply chaining two and slip stitching once into each double crochet. There was no need to squeeze two stitches into one as is often necessary with some edgings.
The end result of this edging is a row of tiny points almost resembling a faux picot edging. I was using dk yarn. But this edging would also look very pretty on 4 ply baby items.
I'm thinking of adding this pattern to Ravelry. But if anyone has prior claim to it and lets me know, then I will obviously not do that!