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Free instructions to crochet an easy edging in single and double crochet stitches. A contrast color can be used on the last row to highlight the edge.

Instructions Rewritten by Sandi Marshall,
Based On An Antique 1920 Design:

Materials - Can be made with any size thread or yarn, to match the project you're adding this edging to. In the pattern published in the year 1920, it was made with size 30 thread (no hook size specified), to be used as a towel edging. I made the sample shown in worsted weight yarn, using a size G crochet hook (suitable for an afghan edging, for example). If using thread or a different weight of yarn, change the size of the hook used, to correspond.

Abbreviations:
ch = chain, dc = double crochet, sc = single crochet, sl st = slip stitch

Foundation Chain: You may work directly into the edge of your project or crochet a foundation chain. No chain formula was given in the 1920 directions, so I came up with one: a formula of a multiple of 11, plus 8 will work (the plus 8 is for the initial turning chain for the first single crochet row and the remaining 7 are so that you can end with a solid section of double crochet, rather than ending with a chain-4).
When number of stitches for this chain formula leaves extra odd number stitches on your project, then adjust the number of stitches that you use in the first and last solid sections of the row (in other words, instead of 7 dc for the first and the last 7-dc sections of the row, use either more or less than 7 dc in just those two sections, so the number of dc used will be even at the very beginning and the very end of the row and the rest of the row will be according to the pattern.) If you have changed the number of edge stitches, you'll need to adjust the first and last sections accordingly, as you do the other rows. Don't be afraid to try this. You'll likely see a way to make it work as you go along and it's good practice in revising a pattern to suit yourself (which is part of the creative fun of being a crocheter).
Row 1: Sc in each stitch across.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in each of next 6 sc, * ch 4, skip 4 sc, dc in each of next 7 sc; repeat from * across, as many times as needed.
Row 3: Ch 5 (counts as first dc and first chain-2), skip 2 dc, dc in next dc, ch 2, skip 2 dc, dc in next dc, * 5 dc in ch-4 space, dc in next dc, ch 2, skip 2 dc, dc in next dc, ch 2, skip 2 dc, dc in next dc; repeat from * as many times as needed.
Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 6 dc in first chain-2 space, skip dc, sc in next chain-2 space, skip 3 dc, 7 dc in next dc, skip 3 dc, sc in next chain-2 space, skip dc, 7 dc in next chain-2 space, skip 3 dc, sc in next dc; * skip 3 dc, 7 dc in next chain-2 space, skip dc, sc in next chain-2 space, skip 3 dc, 7 dc in next dc, skip 3 dc, sc in next chain-2 space, skip dc, 7 dc in next chain-2 space, skip 3 dc, sc in next dc, repeat from * as many times as needed.
Row 5: Change to a contrasting color for this last row, if desired. Ch 1, * sc in each of next 2 dc, (next, make a picot by doing the following: ch 3, sl st in base of chain just made), sc in each of next 3 dc, make a picot, sc in each of next 2 dc, skip next sc; repeat from * as many times as needed.
End off. Weave in ends.

Copyright: The rewritten instructions for this Pattern copyright 2002 by Sandi Marshall, licensed to About.com, Inc. Pattern image copyright 2002 by Sandi Marshall, licensed to About.com, Inc.

This edging pattern was originally published in Royal Society Crochet & Knitting, No. 15 in the year 1920 (now in the public domain). I rewrote the directions to be in today's crochet terminology and added extra instruction to make the pattern easier to follow.

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