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Crochet on Rick Rack Edging and Lace Insertion

Garments embellished with rick rack have shown up on store racks, so these crocheted rick rack edgings can fit right in. A few ideas for uses would be as a trim for the cuffs of jeans, added to the pocket flap of a girl's backpack, sewn to a hat or added to the hems of garments.

I used a Trimtex rick rack in the example. The weave is loose and easy to insert the crochet hook through the rick rack.

Rick Rack Lace Insertion

Materials:
Size 10 crochet cotton thread
Size 8 steel crochet hook
Size medium rick rack trim

Finished Width: 1 5/8 inches

Row 1: Join thread in top of 1 scallop of rick rack. Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 3 dc in top of scallop, * ch 3, 1 dc in base of scallop; 1 dc in base of next scallop; ch 3, 4 dc in top of scallop **, repeat * to ** across, until you reach length desired.
Row 2: (In the 4 dc grouping at top of a scallop): * 2 dc in 1st dc, dc in each of next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc; ch 3 **, repeat * to ** across.
Row 3: Dc in each dc, with 3 dc in each ch-3 space.

Opposite Edge of Rick Rack: Repeat rows 1 - 3.

Matching Rick Rack Lace Edging

Materials:
Size 10 crochet cotton thread
Size 8 steel crochet hook
Size medium rick rack trim

Finished Width: 1 5/8 inches

Top Edge of Rick Rack: Repeat rows 1 - 3 of Rick Rack Insertion.

Bottom Edge of Rick Rack:
This edge ruffles a little when completed.
Row 1: Join thread in top of 1 scallop of rick rack. Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 3 dc in top of scallop, * ch 3, 1 dc in base of scallop; 1 dc in base of next scallop; ch 3, 4 dc in top of scallop **, repeat * to ** across, until you reach length desired.
Row 2: (In the 4 dc grouping at top of a scallop): * 2 dc in 1st dc, dc in each of next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc; ch 2, sc in between the two dc stitches that are at the base of the scallop, ch 2 **, repeat * to ** across.
Row 3: Assuming the last thing you did was the ch 2 of previous row, ch 1 more to start, *(In the 6 dc grouping at the top of a scallop:) sc in between the 1st and 2nd dc, ch 3, (sc in between the next two dc, ch 3) 3 more times, ch 3, sc in sc, ch 3 **, repeat * to ** across.

Page 1 contains instructions for Sewing Lace Insertion to Garments, Photos Showing Where the Stitches are Worked in the Rick Rack, Top of Scallop and Base of Scallop Explained

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These instructions and images copyright 2000 Sandi Marshall. The patterns on this page are based on a double-tier rick rack pattern printed in the year 1916 in the book Novelty Crochet Patterns (which is now in the public domain) but I changed the design around and also varied the number of stitches used in order to update it to be used with size 10 thread. I also rewrote the way the instructions are explained to make it easier. The 1916 pattern book had only one black and white photo of their edging. All photos on this page and the instruction photos on page 1 of this article are my own.

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