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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.

What's the next step? Go to the next page and see:
Next Page: See Step 4

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The images showing the edging steps and these rewritten edging instructions are copyright 2000 by Sandi Marshall, licensed to About.com, Inc. Free for your own personal use only. You may print out this page for your own personal use only. Do not copy further; do not post anywhere on the Internet; do not otherwise redistribute the contents of this page, even for free (this includes the images). Instead, you may give others the URL of this pattern, to come to this site for themselves, which helps make it possible for me to continue creating new patterns and new step-by-step tutorials in the future. Thank you.

The edging was originally published in the year 1916, in the book Novelty Crochet Pattterns Book No 7. Because this was first published in the USA before the year 1923, the statutory copyright has expired on the pattern as it was written in 1916, placing it in the public domain. 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 ... take special notice: this only applies to public domain patterns, not to patterns currently under copyright protection. Copyright questions? See
US Government Copyright Office Website: http://www.copyright.gov

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