Tasseled Bedspread Edging (1923)
|In the 1923 magazine, this edging was shown sewn to the edge of a fabric bedspread but it would also be a great finishing touch to a crocheted bedspread. Tassels are made ahead and a join-as-you-go method is used to attach them. I've given some step-by-step photos for parts of the instructions. The edging would also be pretty without the tassels added.|
Pattern was originally called Crocheted Border
designed by Mary S. Norcross
printed in Needlecraft Magazine, March 1923
Needlecraft Publishing Company
Note: I have rewritten these instructions in today's crochet terms.
|sc - single crochet||ch - chain|
|sp - space||sl st - slip stitch|
No size of thread given in original pattern. My sample: Size 10 thread, with size 8 steel crochet hook = 1 inch wide without scallop; 1 3/4 inches wide with scallop (not counting tassel). You could use any size of thread, depending on the finished width you want. Adjust hook size used according to thread weight used.
|Wind thread 35 times around a four-inch card, slip off, double it over and tie tightly one-fourth inch from the fold, for head of tassel and clip the ends. If you have the tassels made ahead, you can attach them to the middle loop of rnd 4 of scallop in a join-as-you-go method.|
If you do not plan to use the join-as-you-go method in rnd 4 of scallop, then, after edging is completed, make a loop for each tassel and attach to edging in this way: chain 12, pass through the head of the tassel and through the middle ch-2 space of rnd 4 of scallop and join ends.
Beginning Chain - Chain 17.
Row 1: Dc in 8th ch from hook, ch 3, skip 2, sc in next ch, ch 3, skip 2, dc in next ch, ch 2, skip 2, dc in last ch.
Row 2: (ch 5, dc in next dc) twice, ch 2, skip 2, dc in 3rd ch of beginning ch-8 of previous row.
Row 3: Ch 5, dc in first dc, ch 3, sc in 3rd ch of ch-5, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in 3rd ch of ch-5.
Row 4: (Ch 5, dc in next dc) twice, ch 2, skip 2, dc in 3rd ch of ch-5.
Row 5: Repeat row 3.
Rows 6, 7: Repeat rows 4 and 5.
Row 8: Repeat row 4.
|Scallop: Ch 11, sl st in 3rd ch of ch-5 at beginning of row 4.|
|Scallop, Rnd 2: Ch 1, 18 sc in ch-11 sp, ch 1, turn|
|Scallop, Rnd 3: sc in each sc, sl st in top of dc at end of row 3, turn.|
Note: Scallop Rnd 4 directions are given two ways below: for joining tassel in join-as-you-go method or not joining tassel on this round. Choose one and skip the other.
|Scallop, Rnd 4, if joining tassel: (ch 2, skip 1 sc, sc in next sc) 4 times, To join tassel: chain 13, drop stitch on needle, insert hook through head of tassel, pick up the dropped stitch, pull through, join to 2nd stitch of ch-13, ch 1, skip next sc, sc in next sc; (ch 2, skip 1 sc, sc in next sc) 4 times.|
Scallop, Rnd 4, if not joining tassel: (ch 2, skip 1 sc, sc in next sc) 9 times.
|Row 9: (working back across last row worked now) dc in dc at end of 8th row, ch 2, dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in 3rd ch of ch-5, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in 3rd ch of ch-5.|
Row 10: Repeat row 4.
Repeat rows 1 - 10, with scallop rounds, for length needed.
Black and white photo is from a Needlecraft Magazine from the year 1923.
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