We love discovering new ways to add that “ahh” factor to our sewing projects. This decorative crochet edging technique from designer Paige Alexander provides a definite “ahh” factor – and it’s easy, too! Paige incorporated the practicality and function of entredeux with the aesthetics of a simple crochet stitch to build an altogether new way to finish the edge of a garment or seam. The technique is shown here on a sweet Christmas nightgown, but it’s great to use on projects any time of the year. Follow Paige’s instructions below, as featured in our November/December 2010 issue of Sew Beautiful (#133), to try this technique on a project of your own.
Materials List (for garment as shown)
- White cotton flannel
- ”Jingle All the Way” from Sew Many Designs
- Entredeux (for yoke seam, and neck and sleeve edges)
- Crochet hook, size 12
- DMC Perle #8 thread, red #321
1. Insert crochet thread through first hole in entredeux and tie a square knot. Wrap thread around hook. This is called a yarn over (YO).
2. Insert hook into first hole in entredeux.
3. Wrap thread around hook (YO) again and pull this thread through entredeux and through loop on hook. You should have one loop remaining on hook.
4. Now you are ready to begin crocheting. The design shown is a very simple edging pattern – stitch three double crochet and then one slip-stitch – repeat to end of entredeux. You will be working one crochet stitch in every entredeux hole. When end is reached, simply cut yarn, leaving a 4″ tail. Pull tail through loop on hook and cinch up tightly. Weave loose ends through edging.
1. Wrap thread over hook; (YO) and insert hook into hole in entredeux. You should have two loops on hook. Wrap thread over hook; (YO) and pull it back through entredeux.
2. You should have three loops on hook; (YO) and pull hook through first two loops.
3. You should have two loops on hook; (YO) and pull hook through two remaining loops.
4. Now you should have one loop on hook; one double crochet has been completed.
1. Insert hook into entredeux; (YO) and pull thread through entredeux.
2. You should have two loops on hook. Continue pulling thread through loop on hook. Now you should have one loop on hook; one slip-stitch has been completed.
3. This makes a sweet, scalloped edging.
Apply crochet edging to any outfit using any color. Here, Paige used white on white for her “Polly Baby” top and bloomers outfit from Pintucks and Pettiecoats.
Paige Pettie Alexander is the designer of Pintucks & Pettiecoats patterns. To view all of her patterns, visit her Etsy shop.
Check out Paige’s spaghetti bias scallops tutorial for another fun trim idea!
Want more heirloom sewing ideas and inspiration? Don’t miss the Sew Beautiful 2010 Collection download. This collection includes all 6 issues of Sew Beautiful magazine from the 2010 calendar year – all of which are no longer available in print.