I am not a crocheter (at all), but I tell you — the right crochet edging can give your knit piece a little extra-something that takes it from plain to “wow!” It did just that for my new pattern,Sophie Tunic (click HERE to see it!), adding a beautiful flair of charm and femininity!
I wanted to take a moment to walk you through a crochet trim version that I call “Cute Loops.” I have no clue regarding the technical term, but it is the same edging I used around the armband in Sophie Tunic. Remember, I do not “really” know how to crochet — this is a judgement-free zone, right? Grin. Some notes for those who only knit: You insert your crochet hook through the knitting just like you are picking up stitches. Just like in most knitting, when working on side edges, insert your hook into every 3 out of 4 rows to help maintain the right tension. If you are crocheting along a bound-off/cast-on edge, you’ll insert your hook into each bound-off/cast-on stitch. SINGLE CROCHET EDGING Step 1: Insert your crochet hook into the selvedge edge of your knitting. Wrap the yarn around like a yarn over and pull it through to the front of your knit. Step 2: Insert your crochet hook into the selvedge edge of the next row (to the left of the loop you just created) and wrap the yarn around like before (it really is like a yarn over). Step 3: Pull that yarn over through and notice that you now have 2 loops on your crochet hook. Step 4: Keep the crochet hook over the top of your knitting (as in, don’t insert it through like before) and wrap the yarn around (again). Step 5: Pull the yarn through BOTH of the loops on your crochet hook. Step 6: Now you are back to one loop on the hook. Repeat Steps 2 – 6 to sc evenly around your knitted edge, ending up with an even number of them and finishing with one loop (step 6). Now that we’ve set up the foundation single crochet edge, we’re going to go around one more time, building off of it to create cute little chains. CROCHET CUTE LOOPS Step 1: Insert your crochet hook through the sc stitch. Step 2: Wrap the yarn around and pull it through to the front. Step 3: You now have two loops on the hook. Step 4: (Are you noticing that these steps are just like the first part? Because they are; we are just working with the foundation row, rather than a knit edge) Wrap the yarn around your hook and… Step 5: Pull it through both loops on the hook. You now have one loop on the hook. Step 6: Wrap the yarn around the hook again and …. Step 7: … pull it through the loop on the hook. This is one chain (ch). Step 8. Repeat Steps 6 – 7 four more times to create 5 chains. Step 9: This isn’t really a step, but a picture of what the 5 chains look like. Once you have completed the 5 chains, repeat Steps 1 – 8 all the way around to the end! So, there you go! An adorable edging perfect for the Sophie Tunic or any of your other knits! If you really want to dig into more crochet lessons, be sure to visit my friend Jill’s website (she’s the friend who looked at my work and told me the technical terms of what I was doing): http://www.woolcrafting.com/how-to-crochet.html