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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.
--Sandi Marshall

Abbreviations used

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.

Making Tassel

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.

Edging Instructions

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.

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Black and white photo is from a Needlecraft Magazine from the year 1923.
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