Bottoms Up: Edging with Crochet Lace

Kristin Omdahl had done it again. Her newest book, The Finer Edge: Crocheted Trims, Motifs & Borders, is a brilliant collection of edgings, ideal for crochet sweaters, afghans, shawls, and more. Kristin has included a broad variety of edging crochet styles, including top-down, bottom-up, side-to-side, and miscellaneous edgings. Add these lacy embellishments to your crochet patterns or try one of Kristin's ten included patterns.

Birka Car Coat  

Here is an excerpt from Kristin on working edgings around corners:

Edging Around the Corner

There are a couple of ways to turn corners in a rectangular piece when applying an edging. In any case, you need to take into account that it takes more stitches to turn a corner with the edging remaining flat than it does to work the edging in a straight line, so you almost always need to work increases at the corner and/on either side of it.

  Luxor Blanket

The most straightforward way to add fullness in a pattern involving a stitch repeat is to increase for a full additional repeat on either side of the corner on the first row or round of the edging. For example, let's say your edging-stitch repeat is 5 stitches. I would work a round of single or double crochet and increase at the corners to accommodate an additional repeat on either side.

If you are making the edging separate from the fabric to apply later, you could even gather or pleat the edging to create the fullness required for turning the corner. In the case of the Luxor Blanket, we changed direction on the stand-alone edging-by 90 or 270 degrees-to create the corners to wrap around the completed afghan.


— Kristin Omdahl

Make any project uniquely yours or take a basic rectangular blanket or double crochet pullover from drab to fab with the perfect crochet edging. Order The Finer Edge: Crocheted Trims, Motifs & Borders today and find the perfect edging for your next project.

Best wishes,

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