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Crocheting a Lace Edging on Fabric -
Vintage Doily Pattern

You could crochet this edging around a plain fabric center or choose a patterned fabric. Another option would be to cross-stitch a design on aida cloth, cut that into a circle and crochet this pretty border around it. Lots of possibilities ...

Pattern is as written in original publication. These would be today's UK crochet terms. For USA crocheters, in this pattern, single = US slip stitch, treble = US double crochet.

This 1917 book gives description of these three stitches as follows:
Picot - Make 3, 4, 5 or more stitches, according to size of picot required, and form a loop by joining closely to 1st stitch of chain or in top of stitch from which the chain starts, according to the instructions which you are following.
Single Crochet - Having a stitch on the needle, take up the thread and draw through work and stitch on the needle at same time. This is also called slip-stitch and close-chain stitch.
Treble Crochet - Put thread over needle as if to make a chain-stitch, insert hook in work and draw thread through, making 3 stitches on needle: (take up thread and draw through 2) twice.

Back in time to 1917, here we go: This very pretty, simple and serviceable border can be applied to doilies or centerpieces of any size desired. The border may be varied as to width by adding to the number of trebles in the 1st row of the points, or 2d row of the border. For example, the bread-and-butter-plate doily pictured, as an example of the set, has 11 trebles at base of point; if 13 trebles were used, the border would be one row wider, if 15 trebles, two rows, and so on. A smaller doily might start with 9 trebles at base of point, a still smaller one with 7 or 5 trebles.

Strike a circle on linen of the size desired for center - a little less than four inches in diameter for the seven-inch doily described. Stitch the line with sewing-machine, and cut just outside the stitching, leaving enough of the material to prevent pulling out. It is a wise plan to roll a tiny hem and work over that. If you wish to have it so you can remove the border, in case the linen wears out while the lace is yet good, make a chain long enough to extend easily around the circle, and work on that, afterward buttonholing it neatly to edge of the center, or otherwise joining it on. Should you not care to take this trouble, proceed as follows:

1. Fasten in over the stitching, chain 3, and work entirely around in treble stitch, setting the stitches close together. Join to top of 3 chain. There should be 180 trebles in all.
2. Chain 3, 10 trebles in next 10 stitches, * chain 5, miss 4, 11 trebles in next 11 stitches: repeat around, joining last 5 chain to top of 3 chain which stands for 1st treble.
3. Slip-stitch in next treble, chain 3, 8 trebles in 8 trebles, * chain 3, 2 trebles, separated by 2 chain in center of 5 chain of last row, chain 3, 9 trebles over 11 trebles, missing 1st and last; repeat, joining last 3 chain to top of 1st 3 chain.
4. Commencing as in last row, and with 3 chain for 1st treble, * make 7 trebles over 9 trebles, chain 3, treble in treble, chain 2, treble under 2 chain, chain 2, treble in treble, chain 3, repeat around, join.
5. Make 5 trebles over 7 trebles, missing 1st and last, chain 3, treble in treble, chain 2, 2 trebles, separated by 2 chain, in next treble, chain 2, treble in treble, chain 3; repeat around, join.
6. Make 3 trebles over 5 trebles, chain 3, (treble in treble, chain 2) twice, treble under 2 chain, (chain 2, treble in treble) twice, chain 3; repeat around, join.
7. A slip-stitch in 2d treble, chain 6, treble in treble, (chain 3, treble in next treble) twice, chain 2, treble in same treble, (chain 3, treble in next treble) twice, chain 3, treble in 2d of 3 trebles; repeat around, and join to 3d of 6 chain.
8. A single in next space, * chain 7, fasten back in 4th stitch for a picot, chain 3, fasten in next space: repeat around, joining last chain where 1st started, and fasten off neatly.

This pattern and photo are from Handbook of Needlecraft printed by Needlecraft Publishing Company in 1917.


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