You will need 100 stitches (measuring 2mm apart from each other) on each side of the handkerchief to work this pattern into. Count the corner stitches into your count for every side so that you count 100 stitches on each side.
You can buy handkerchiefs which are already prepared for crocheting an edge into otherwise, as mentioned above, you will need to sew the 100 stitches into each side of the handkerchief using the blanket stitch to prepare your edging to be crocheted into.
This is a handkerchief with an already prepared edge to crochet into.
I think these are fantastic and would use them time and time again simply for the fact that it saves me time from having to hand sew blanket stitch onto the edge so that I can crochet into it.
With this handkerchief it’s ready for me to crochet an edge onto!
The only downside I could find with these though are if you are wanting the stitches on the edge to be a specific measurement apart then you may not always find what you want in the shop therefore you would have to revert back to the old method of using a plain handkerchief and sew the blanket stitch edge on before crocheting your edging.
I bought my handkerchief from my local Spotlight craft store in Australia near the sewing machine section. I’m sure you could find them in Michael’s or Joann’s if you are in the U.S.
1 ball of cotton thread size 20 – I used Coats cotton thread 20, color 889
Stitches & Terms
This pattern is using U.S. stitches and terms. To convert to U.K. to to my Crochet Stitch Conversion Chart. For help with U.S. or U.K. Basic Crochet Stitches go to Crochet Hooks You’s Youtube Channel.
ch = chain
picot st = ch 3, sl st into 1st ch of the ch-3 just made
rep = repeat
sc = single crochet
st/s = stitch/es
Once you have prepared an edge with 100 stitches of blanket stitch on all four sides that can be worked into, join the cotton thread 20 into one corner with a slip stitch.
Rnd 1: ch 1, sc in same sp as ch-1, sc into each st across 1st side, (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) into corner st, sc into each st across 2nd side, (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) into corner st, sc into each st across 3rd side, (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) into corner st, sc into each st across 4th side, 1 sc into corner st, sl st into ch-1.
Rnd 2: ch 1, sc into next 5 sts, picot st, (*sc in next 5 sts, picot st, rep from * across this side, sc in last 5 sts and in ch-1 on corner) 3 times for 3 sides of the handkerchief. *sc into next 5 sts, picot st, rep from * across this side, sc into last 5 sts, sl st into ch-1.
Weave in loose ends.
Giving a gift which is a handkerchief is nice but it’s even better with a personalized touch such as this.
All the best,
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