Lacy Crochet Trim With Hearts -- Project Description:
Use this free crochet pattern and a free charted heart design to create a delightfully lacy crochet trim. The trim is worked in single crochet stitch, and is finished off with v stitches topped with fancy picots. The focal point of the design is a series of alternating hearts which are hand-embroidered onto the trim using cross stitch.
Crochet Skill Level: Easy
Cross Stitch Skill Level: Easy
Yarn or Thread:
My sample trim is worked with mercerized cotton yarn, but you could try making this trim with just about any relatively smooth fiber. Avoid using fuzzy fibers such as mohair; you need to be able to see your stitches clearly when you add the cross stitched details.
Embroidery Floss or Yarn for Stitching the Hearts:
I used DMC embroidery floss to cross stitch the hearts onto the trim. Embroidery floss is a good choice if your yarn or thread is in the same general size range as the floss. If you choose a heavier yarn to crochet your trim, choose yarn in a comparable weight to do the cross stitching.
There should be enough contrast between your colors that the heart motifs will pop out from the background.
Choose a crochet hook that is an appropriate size for the yarn or thread you want to work with. If you're not sure which crochet hook to use, check the yarn label for recommendations. For this project, it's OK to use a crochet hook that is a bit on the small side, so that your edging will be firm and sturdy.
Other: Tapestry Needle(s)
Gauge will be determined by many factors, including your choice of supplies and your individual way of crocheting. Gauge isn't critical for success with this project, but if you need your trim to be a specific size or length, it's a good idea to work a small sample and make any necessary adjustments / calculations before crocheting the entire piece.
My sample trim measures about 1 3/4 inches, but yours is going to vary depending on the supplies you choose.
Special Crochet Stitches:
Work 1 dc st, 1 ch st, and 1 more dc st in same st.
sc in next v st, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, sc in same v st
Please note that these definitions apply for this pattern, but the same term might be defined differently in other crochet patterns.
Instructions for How to Crochet the Trim:
Crochet a foundation chain using a multiple of 3 stitches + 7 additional stitches. (3 + 7.) To start row 1, sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Rows 1 - 8: Work the entire row in single crochet stitch.
Row 9: This is a v stitch row. Ch 3, turn, dc in next st. (Skip 2 sc sts, Work a v stitch in next st.) Repeat sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. When you get to the end of the row, end by skipping 2 sts after the last v st worked, then work 1 dc st in each of the last 2 sts in the row.
Row 10: Ch 1, turn. Work 1 sl st in each of the first two dc sts and 1 sl st in the space between the last dc and next v st. (Work a picot in each v stitch, and a sl st in each space between v stitches.) Repeat the sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. When you get to the end of the row, work 1 sl st in each of the last two dc sts.
End off. Weave in the loose ends.
Row 11-12: Flip the work 180 degrees so that the bottom of your piece becomes the top and the top becomes the bottom. Attach yarn so that you can work back across your foundation chain, and repeat rows 9-10 so that the top and bottom edges of your trim match each other.
End off and weave in the loose ends.
Stitch the Hearts Onto the Trim:
Next, thread a tapestry needle with the embroidery floss or yarn you will use to cross stitch the heart design. Follow this heart chart. The chart is in repeat, so you can easily repeat out the design as many times as you need to for the length of trim you want to make.
When you are finished stitching, weave the loose ends into the back of your work.
Attach the finished heart trim to the craft project of your choice. If you make it in a lightweight cotton thread, this trim would make a fantastic addition to sheets, cushions, pillowcases, pillow shams, or other household linens. If you make it in a heavier wool yarn, it would make a delightful addition to wool blankets. It could also be a great trim to use on clothing, accessories, handbags, purses, totes, and other projects.