This post was originally written for the It's A Creative World Blog which I was a designer for. We're taking a break (sob) but I realised this post hadn't been shared here on my own blog.
It's no secret that I love to add crochet trim to my scrapbook layouts. Well, I put this crochet trim pattern together for anyone who wants to have a go and make their own crochet trim to add to their scrapbook LOs.
The green trim was made with a 2mm hook and dk cotton yarn. The red was made with a 1.25mm steel hook and 'Crochetta' Mercerized cotton yarn (approx size 10). The green trim is approx 9" long.
When you crochet trim you need to make the base chain a multiple of what the pattern says. This pattern is made with a multiple of 10 plus one extra chain stitch, (e.g. 70 +1 ).
The pattern is written in UK terms and the stitches are double crochet (dc), double treble (dtr), slip stitch (sl,st) and 'picot' stitch. To make a picot, work 3 chain, then into the third chain from the hook work a slip stitch to close a mini ring.
Mandy's Scallop Trim free Pattern:
Make the row of base chain in multiples of 10 + 1 stitch. I keep on chaining another 10 and another 10 until I get the trim length I want- approx 9".
Begin in second chain from the hook and double crochet all the way to the other end. TURN the work ready to crochet back the other way.
Do 5 chain (counts as a double treble stitch and one chain)
Do 1 dtr into same stitch below as the 5 chain, then 1chain, 1 dtr again into same stitch, then 2 chain.
*** Miss 4 dc below and do 1 dc into the next dc below, then 2 chain. Miss 4dc below and do 1 dtr into next dc below.
[1 ch, 1 dtr] x 4 into same dc below, 2 chain.
Repeat from *** until the end of the row. When you come to the last 5 stitches below, only do 3 dtr into the final dc on the row with one chain between each stitch.
[1 chain, 1 dc into chain space] repeated all the way along the row but end with a dc stitch. This is what the trim looks like....
Snip off yarn and pass the end through the loop, pull to fasten off.
Restart at the other end of the trim with the same side facing you (I.e. don't turn the trim).
This row is mainly dc stitches, with a picot stitch at the top of the waves on the trim and a slip stitch in between the waves.
A variation on on this trim can be seen below in blue. It is the same up until the end of row 3 but instead of breaking the yarn and re-joining it, the trim is just turned and a whole row of dc stitches are done all the way along (no picot or slip stitches). This makes a much softer row of waves...
I really hope some folks give this trim a try ... it makes such a personal embellie for any LO. By the way if you are in the USA and want to translate the pattern from UK to USA terms....do a single crochet (sc) everytime you read 'double crochet' (dc) and a treble crochet (tr) everytime you read double treble (dtr). Slip stitch and picot are the same. Phew... complicated or what!!?!