MIY Crochet Edging

Take your crochet skills over the edge with colorful bands. Add edgings to pillowcases, tea towels, skirts, or anywhere you want crochet flair.


Pillowcase Water-soluble marking pen Large-eye embroidery needle Sport weight/DK cotton yarn in desired color Size E/4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook Fabric marker See crochet stitch basics here.


Crochet Abbreviations:

beg    begin(ning)(s) ch    chain dc    double crochet hdc    half double crochet rnd(s)    round(s) sc    single crochet sk    skip sl st    slip stitch st(s)    stitch(es)

Crochet the Pillowcase:

Turn pillowcase inside out. Beginning 1/4" from pillowcase edge, use a water-soluble marking pen to mark dots every 1/2" along the inside of pillowcase band. Foundation Rnd: Measure a length of yarn that is 15 times the width of the pillowcase opening. Fold the yarn in half and knot the ends.

Working from inside pillowcase band, blanket-stitch the edge. To blanket stitch, push needle through a marked dot to outside of pillowcase. Form a reverse L shape with the yarn, and hold angle of L shape in place with your thumb. Push the needle down into next dot to the right. Come up under the reverse L shape, and, crossing over the trailing thread to secure the stitch, again form a reverse L shape with the yarn. Push the needle down at the next marked dot to the right and come up under the reverse L shape. Continue around pillowcase band.

To join end of blanket stitches to beginning, bring needle through front of first stitch knot. Tie off.

Turn pillowcase right side out. Make a slip knot on crochet hook and insert hook under blanket stitch. Note: The first stitch can begin anywhere.

Begin Edging (for all edgings):

Rnd 1: 3 sc in each st, join to first sc with sl st.

Pillowcase #1(yellow case with green edging):

Rnd 2: Ch 4, dc in same st, * sk next 2 sc, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st. Rep from * to end. Sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 4. Rnd 3: * (sc, ch 3, sc) in next ch 1 sp, sk next 2 dc. Rep from * to end. Sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off.

Pillowcase #2 (green case with cream edging):

Rnd 2: Ch 5, sk next 2 sc; * dc in next sc, ch 2, sk next 2 sc. Rep from * to end. Sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 5. Rnd 3: Ch 1, * 3 sc in next ch 2 sp, ch 1, sk next dc. Rep from * to end. Sl st to beg ch 1. Fasten off.

Pillowcase #3 (blue case with orange edging):

Rnd 2: *Ch 1, sk 2 sc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next sc, ch 1, sk 2 sc, sl st in next sc. Rep from * to end. Sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off.


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