crocheted handkerchief edging

My Grandma Mangum gave my sister and I handkerchiefs with the same gorgeous crocheted lace edge when we went to the temple for the first time before our missions. I’ve loved and cherished my handkerchief and remember my grandmother with love and fondness whenever I use it.

I worked out the pattern so that I could crochet a handkerchief as a “goodbye” present for a crafty kindred spirit who is returning to her native Australia next week. Boohoo hoo! I am so sad to see her go.

I used vintage size 40 cotton crochet thread and a 0.60mm steel crochet hook. You might try a size 30 or size 20 crochet thread with this pattern if you’re uncomfortable with the tiny thread, but I would not suggest using a size 10 crochet thread – I think it would be too big and bulky. If you use a size 30 or size 20 thread, you will need to increase the distance between attachment spots on the first row of the lace edging.

US Crochet Terms

ch: chain

dc: double crochet

sc: single crochet

sp: space

st st: slip stitch

picot: ch 4. sl st into the 4th ch from hook.

The different colors demonstrate the different rows of the pattern.

Row 1: (You will be attaching the crochet thread to the handkerchief. If your handkerchief already has a hemstitched border, as mine did, you will sc into the hemstitched holes. If your handkerchief doesn’t have hemstitching – no worries! Just sc right into the edge of the handkerchief at the specified spot. It might help to measure and lightly mark with a pencil a small dot along the edge to help you know where to pierce the handkerchief fabric with your crochet hook.)

Attach thread at the corner, just barely to the left, of your handkerchief. Sc in same place. *Ch 7 and sc 5/8″ (9mm) away from starting point in the edge of the handkerchief. Ch 3 and sc in same spot.* Ch 7, sc 5/8″ (9mm) away in next measured spot. Ch 3 and sc in same spot. Continue from * to * until you reach the next corner, just barely to the right. Ch 7 and turn the handkerchief so that next side of the handkerchief is facing. Sc in the corner, just barely to the left. Ch 3 and sc in same spot. *Ch 7 and sc 5/8″ (9mm) away in next measured spot. Ch 3 and sc in same spot.* Continue the pattern all the way around the handkerchief, incorporating the corner pattern, to the staring point. After the last ch 3, Sl st into the starting sc.

Row 2: Sl st into the first 4 ch of the first ch 7. *Ch 7. Sc into 4th ch of next ch 7. Ch 3 and sc in same spot.* Continue from * to * across the flat edge of the handkerchief until you reach the 4th chain of the corner chain 7. (sc, ch 3, sc, ch 7, sc, ch 3, sc) all in the 4th ch of the corner ch 7. Continue the pattern all the way around the handkerchief, incorporating the corner pattern, to the staring point. After completing the last sc after the last ch 3, sl st to beginning ch 7.

Row 3: Sl st into the first 4 ch of the first ch 7. Ch 5 and dc in the same starting place. *Ch 3. (Dc, ch 2, dc) in the 4th ch of the next ch 7.* Continue from * to * across flat side of the handkerchief until you reach the ch 7 at the corner. (dc, ch 2, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 2, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 2, dc) all in the 4th ch of the corner ch 7. Continue from * to * across the next flat side of the handkerchief. Continue the pattern all the way around the handkerchief, incorporating the corner pattern, to the staring point. Sl st into ch 3 of the starting ch 5.

Row 4: Sl st into immediate ch-2 sp. Ch 3. Dc into same ch-2 sp. Make picot. 2 dc into same ch-2 sp. *Ch 2. (2 dc. Make picot. 2 dc) into next ch-2 sp.* Continue from * to * until you reach the last ch-2 sp before the corner. [Ch 1. (2 dc, make picot, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp] 3 times. Ch 1. (2 dc. Make Picot. 2 dc) into next ch-2 sp. Continue from * to * across the next flat side of the handkerchief. Continue pattern all the way around the handkerchief, incorporating the corner pattern, to the starting point. Sl st into the top of the first ch 3. Knot and weave in ends.

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7 comments

  1. Allison

    Hi Rosalie, I purchased a supply of linen handkerchiefs from Needle In A Haystack in Alameda, CA years ago, but I just called them and they don’t have 10 1/2” square linen hemstitched handkerchiefs anymore. :( Embroider This has a reasonably priced Irish linen hemstitched handkerchief here, but the hemstitching is not exactly on the edge. Hobby Lobby has a linen handkerchief here, again, with the hemstitching not quite on the edge. This handkerchief looks like what I have, but the price I think is too expensive. Hankyblanks offers a 10” white linen rolled hem hemstitched handkerchief for about $7.25. They also will double or triple row the hemstitching if you want.

    I just did a Google search for “hemstitched linen handkerchiefs” and started looking through the results. It might be cheaper to buy the linen yourself and find someone to hemstitch them.

    Good luck!!
    Allison

  2. Rosalie Wright

    Yes, I probably could make when for cheaper I do have the wheel that goes on a rotary cutter so I could add the holes myself to fabric…hmmmmm getting lots of ideas now…:) Thanks for the info.

  3. Kathleen Wallace

    This is pretty as always. I know this simplicity takes skill because I tried to do this on a baby blanket once and found every step of it to be impossible. I am happy to admire your beautiful handiwork and leave such projects up to you and others like you. I am sure that Grandma Mangum is tickled that you went to such effort to copy her design and proud that you are so incredibly good at all of this stuff.

  4. Helen van der Waal

    I love this design but for me it is only how I would start my project. I have just today completed the fancywork on a linen tablecloth that I started 45 years ago. I don’t have a pattern for the edge and want one that is up to 8 inches wide. So far I haven’t found one on the net. I’ll keep looking. Thank you for this pattern. I might make some hankies for gifts and use your patten on them.

  5. Bronwyn Tyson

    I wanted to crochet a handkerchief for a freind who was retiring from work and could not find one I wanted to do in my various books. I found your pattern and tried it. My freind loved it .Thankyou

  6. Lavada Roberts

    Thank you, for the free patterns. I love to Crochet. I do Charity things for Veterans Hospital for the Veterans. I also make things for my Grand Children and 1 Great Grandson.
    God Bless You For Your Thoughtfulness,
    LaVada

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