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From About Crochet: Beautiful Vintage Edging
Step-by-Step Photo Instructions

One use for this edging would be to edge the top of a Christmas stocking:

Even if you've never attempted to crochet this type of edging before, crochet along, one step at a time, referring to each photo as you go and before you know it, you'll have done it! What a beautiful piece you'll have to show off!

Although there are many uses for this type of edging, I picture this one as being especially fitting for edging the top of a Christmas stocking.

I've rewritten the directions for this 1916 vintage edging, to make it easier for today's crocheters to recreate. I also made an image of each step as I crocheted it, to create a step-by-step how-to for you.

I crocheted the sample with Ecru/Gold Metallic Twist Knit-Cro-Sheen by Coats and Clark. This is a size 10 thread. Substitute any size 10 thread, in any color. I used a size 8 steel crochet hook.

Finished Size of One Section: 2 1/4 inches high at widest point, 2 1/4 inches wide at widest point towards bottom, 1 3/4 inches wide at top.
Gauge is not critical to this project. I've included measurements just to give you an idea of finished size when made with size 10 thread and a size 8 steel hook but ending up with different finished dimensions is just fine - your edging will be just as beautiful and wonderful in a different size.

In this pattern, one shell = dc, (ch 2, dc) 3 times. This makes four double crochet with two chains between each.

dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet

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Starting Chain: Chain 6.

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Step 1: 1 dc in 6th ch from hook. Image shows thread over hook, with hook inserted in the first chain ready to make the dc.

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Image shows dc made in the first chain.

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Step 2: (ch 2, dc in same place) 3 times.

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Step 3: Turn, ch 6; skip 1st ch-2 space, in second ch-2 sp work (dc, ch 2) 3 times, dc in same ch-2 sp.

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Step 4: Turn, chain 5, 1 shell (see instructions above for making one shell).

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Step 5: Chain 7, sc in chain-6 space of step 3. Image shows the single crochet in-progress, being worked in the chain-6 space.

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Step 6: Turn. Work 9 sc in chain-7 space. Image shows the 4th single crochet in-progress, being worked in the chain-7 space.

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Step 7: Chain 9. Sc in chain-6 space of step 5.

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Step 8: 11 sc in chain-9 space.

Step 9: Chain 11, sc in same chain-6 space of step 5, 13 sc in chain-11 space.

Step 10: Chain 13, sc in same chain-6 space, 15 sc in chain-13 space, chain 15, sc in same chain-6 space, 25 sc in chain-15 space.

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Step 11: Chain 3, dc in between the chain-15 and chain-13.

Step 12: Chain 5, dc between the chain-13 and chain-11, chain 5, dc between the chain-11 and chain-9, chain 5, dc between the chain-9 and chain-7.

Step 13: Chain 4, 1 shell in center of last shell made.

Step 14: Chain 5, 1 shell in center of last shell made.

Step 15: Chain 4, dc in chain-4 space, (chain 4, dc in chain-5 space) 3 times, chain 4, dc in ch-4 space.

Step 16: Chain 2, (dc, chain 1) in first 7 sc on the grouping of 25 sc (that were worked in the chain-15 space of step 10), dc in 8th sc.

Step 17: This image shows all of the last row. This is how to crochet it: Turn, chain 7, slip stitch in 3rd chain from hook (one picot made), dc in first chain-1 space, (chain 5, slip stitch in 3rd chain from hook, dc in next chain-1 space) 6 times, chain 5, slip stitch in 3rd chain from hook, dc in chain-4 space, (chain 5, slip stitch in 3rd chain from hook, dc in chain-5 space) twice, (chain 5, slip stitch in 3rd chain, dc in chain-4 space) four times, chain 4, 1 shell in center of last shell made.

One section of edging is completed.

To begin next section of edging: Chain 5, then shell in center of last shell made, then begin with step 3.

When working last row of second and additional sections: To join sections, before starting last row directions, make about 6 chains (or amount needed to reach correctly, making sure top edge is held straight when determining this), then slip stitch in 3rd picot from top of last row of last section done (see white arrow on image for the point where slip stitch is made). Next, slip stitch in each chain just made, to work your way back to the beginning of current section. Now begin at the beginning of the directions (step 17) for the last row (but do not turn).

When you have completed all sections to reach length needed: Chain along the top of the sections by working a (chain 4, sc in loop), repeat across. If a chain 4 doesn't work out well for you on this part, adjust the number of chains between each sc, as needed. Image shows the top part of the edging, with the chain-4's done along the top.

The images showing the edging steps and these rewritten edging instructions are copyright © 2000 Sandi Marshall, licensed to About.com, Inc. Free for your own personal use only.

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The edging was originally published in the year 1916, in the book Novelty Crochet Pattterns Book No 7. Because this was first published before 1923, the statutory copyright has expired on the pattern as it was written in 1916, placing it in the public domain. There was one image of a length of the finished edging (no step-by-step). The instructions were worded differently than today's crochet terminology, so I rewrote them to make them easier for today's crocheters to follow. My rewritten directions and step-by-step images for the edging are copyright by me. Note: Just FYI, a person can't rewrite another designer's pattern that's currently under copyright protection and then claim any copyright to his/her rewritten directions. Same applies to a step-by-step of someone else's pattern that's currently under copyright protection. When an antique (first published in the USA in the year 1923 or earlier) pattern has fallen into the public domain, then new copyright may be applied to variations created of those public domain patterns.
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