more crocheted handkerchiefs

alipyper - eyelet lace crochet edging pattern irish linen handkerchief

alipyper - eyelet lace crochet edging pattern irish linen handkerchief

alipyper - eyelet lace crochet edging pattern irish linen handkerchief

alipyper - eyelet lace crochet edging pattern irish linen handkerchief

alipyper - eyelet lace crochet edging pattern irish linen handkerchief

alipyper - eyelet lace crochet edging pattern irish linen handkerchief

I decided to crochet a few more handkerchiefs – this time using my own Eyelet Lace Crochet Edging Pattern. They only take a few hours to crochet and it’s nice to have a pretty gift on hand. I’m using up my stash of vintage #30 crochet thread and the last of my Irish linen handkerchiefs. I used a size 12 (0.60 mm) steel crochet hook for this size thread and made an 11 dc shell at each corner to continue the pattern all the way around the handkerchief.

On the left, 2 sc between each shell. On the right 3 sc between each shell.
On the left, 2 sc between each shell. On the right 3 sc between each shell.

I adjusted my pattern a little bit on these handkerchiefs…I crocheted 3 single crochet stitches between each shell instead of 2 single crochets. I think that the extra single crochet lets the lace lay a little flatter, but I like the lacy ripple affect when the shells are close together too. The flatter version on the right still ripples, but not so much. What do you think? Which version do you like better?

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8 comments

  1. Minerva

    How do you make the border holes on the handkerchiefs before you start crocheting the borders?

  2. Allison

    Hi Minerva!
    The holes were made with a hemstitching machine. I have two ladies in my near neighborhood that have this type of machine and will sew the hemstitching for a very inexpensive price. If you don’t have access to a hemstitching machine, there are pre-hemstitched handkerchiefs that you can purchase online, or you can take a look at a blog post I wrote about a few different methods you can utilize to attach crocheted edgings to different items. Here’s the link: Thanks for your kind words! Allison

  3. Nancy

    I actually purchase linen and hemstitch them by hand – there is a tutorial on another blog that I use.. I even miter my corners. I get a really nice finished product – but love this flower pattern – it is relly pretty in a varigated thread too

  4. Allison

    Hi Rita,
    The holes in the edge of a handkerchief can be made using a hemstitching machine and needle. This is the best way, but most people don’t have access to a hemstitcher. You make the holes yourself by poking carefully through the edge of your handkerchief using a very small, sharp crochet hook. Poke the crochet hook through and enlarge the hole using the shaft of the crochet hook. Then continue crocheting your edge with the crochet hook that matches your crochet thread. This is time consuming and you don’t want to make the holes too large. But it works well if you don’t have a hemstitcher. Good luck! Allison

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