|Close up of the crocheted edges of the pillows.|
There are a bunch of different methods for adding edgings. I’ll tell you the ones I know about. If you have any others, let me know.
Method 1: Crochet Your Edging and Sew It On. I’ve done this and I hated it. Why? Because it’s nearly impossible to get the edging to be just the right length unless you are a super genius crocheter. I recommend skipping this one.
Method 2: The Blanket Stitch. This is a Sarah-endorsed method, though it’s frustrating because it puts one more step in front of the crocheting (and by this point, I’m ready to crochet!). Why would you use this method? Because the fabric is not easily pierced by the crochet hook itself. Using a sharp yarn needle, work a row of blanket stitch all the way around the edge of your pillowcase. This will give you a base off of which to crochet. You can find EXCELLENT instructions for this method at the You Go Girl! blog right here.
|The pink pillowcase was done using the blanket stitch; the rest used the skip stitch blade. Can you tell the difference?|
|The Skip Stitch blade.|
Once your holes are cut, you need to lay a baseline of stitches. Again, everyone does this a little differently and a lot will depend on the size of your hook and yarn. In the photo, I've used cotton yarn that calls for an US1 hook. I single crocheted in each hole, then chained 3. When I got back to the beginning, I joined my work with a slip stitch. With a larger hook or yarn, I would not have needed to chain so many stitches between holes. It takes a bit of trial and error.
|The baseline of stitches on the pillowcase.|
Round 1: 3 sc in each ch-3 space
Round 2: sc in first sc, *ch 3, sc in third sc*
Round 3: sc in first ch-3 space, *dc ch-1 4 times dc in next ch-3 space, sc in next ch-3 space*
It generally takes me three nights in front of the TV to finish the edges on two pillows. So there's nothing left to be done, but settle in with a pile of DVDs or saved up DVR watching and get to work!
See Part 1 here.