Guest Post | Shell Crochet trim

by Admin on 04/08/2011

in Guest Blogger, knitting+crochet+yarn, Whip Up Tutorials

Guest post by Maya Kuzman from Little Treasures

It is believed that the earliest crocheted projects in the past were finger-crocheted and evolving from traditional practices in Arabia, South America and China. In Europe it gains popularity in the 19th century.

Crochet (meaning “hook” in French) consists of a series of interlocking and pulling loops of thread through other loops and incorporates wrapping the thread (called stitches) around the hook one or more times to create various intricate and highly detailed patterns. Various stitches and patterns can be created. Some of the more common stitches known are: Chain, Slip Stitch, Single Crochet, Half-Double Crochet, Double/Treble Crochet, Popcorn Crochet, Cluster Crochet, etc.

(A detail from a centerpiece crocheted by my grandmother)

In the past crochet was used for decoration of the home and the clothes with which they gained a more luxurious look.

Recently the crocheting of trims and edgings increased in popularity once again. Trims are crocheted to enrich pillowcases, bed sheets and clothes. I like to use them to decorate and beautify simple tees.

Here is a little tutorial of how to crochet the basics for a trim on an actual garment.

What you need:
A simple tee, a crochet thread and a hook.

Step 1: Mark the neckline where you are going to make the foundation. Use a ruler for this and mark it with a washable marker .
Step 2: For the foundation I used the blanket stitch.
Step 3: When you come to the end turn and crochet a single crochet in each stitch of the foundation. I crocheted 2 sc because the foundation gap was big.
Step 4: Choose a trim pattern and crochet on.

On my blog I have a simple trim pattern offered here.

Another much easier method which I highly recommend is that you crochet the trim first and attach it to the garment later. I have shown how to do that here.

As a conclusion I would like to offer some interesting crochet related facts:

Crochet as a hobby or activity has no age limits. It sorts of transcends between ages. Young children are taught and encouraged to crochet in order to increase their fine motor skills, aid in counting and following instruction, then to boost self-confidence and introduce quiet time, to learn a family tradition and so on, while the older generations love crochet for the pleasure it brings them (think of the things your grandmas crocheted for you) and many find financial security in selling their crocheted products, then there is the social element in this – many crocheters gather together to work in groups and clubs and share their love of this craft. Further more doctors recommend crochet for those suffering of arthritis!

So grab a hook and join us!

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Maya August 4, 2011 at 7:41 am

Thank you for the lovely invitation Kathreen! I am much obliged!


2 ang August 4, 2011 at 8:04 am

hooray the crochet! I LOVE those trims…


3 Ira August 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Wonderful post Maya, I’ve just visited your personal blog ;-) Your trims look absolutely exquisite! I’m a huge fan of your crochet work!


4 anjali August 5, 2011 at 12:25 pm

hi kathereen , it was lovely to have a dekko a ur work. loved the trims ! and ur ganny’s centerpiece looks amazing.. i have been wanting to learn this type of crochet.. is there any name for this type of crochet ? if any idea where can i learn this on net, plz share..


5 kath_red August 5, 2011 at 5:48 pm

This is Maya’s project – please contact her at her website


6 anjali August 9, 2011 at 11:52 am

thanx a lot kath! tat was really helpful :)


7 Amy O August 29, 2011 at 12:40 am

The name of the type of lace in the centerpiece crocheted by her grandmother is “Romanian Point Lace”. This type of lace uses several different crocheted braids, arranged and embellished with needle lace fillings.

Very nice work!


8 Tam August 30, 2011 at 3:49 am

I’ll be bookmarking for future reference, thanks for that!


9 deanna7trees October 18, 2011 at 9:55 am

your grandmother’s crochet is known as Romanian Point Lace. the braid is crocheted first, couched down on a pattern and the fillers are done is various forms of needle lace. it is a beautiful piece.


10 Lee Ann May 21, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Great blog post on how to apply an edging! Thank you very much! :) :)

Lee Ann


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