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Top Down Crochet Jacket Crochet-Along: Edging

CAL_08282014 Welcome back everyone! We’re getting so close, at this point our sweaters actually look like sweaters, just a few finishing touches! This week we will focus on the edging.

For the edging a surface slip stitch is used first to create a foundation then later as a design element. A surface slip stitch makes a chain appear on the surface of the fabric. This is a great technique that you can use to add embellishments to any project. Here is a couple pictures of me starting the edging:

1. Make a slip knot, but do not place it on hook.
2. Insert hook from RS to WS through fabric at neck edge.

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3. Place the slip knot on hook and draw loop to RS (keep beg tail and working yarn on WS).
4. *Insert hook from RS to WS through fabric a short distance from last insertion location, yarn over, draw loop through fabric and through loop on hook (surface sl st made)

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To start we work down the front edges. The pattern says to work these stitches evenly spaced. My recommendation is to work 2 stitches per row. After setting up this foundation row the rest are just simple crochet stitches until you get to row 4 where we will do the surface slip stitch on the wrong side with our contrasting color. This time we will work around the posts of the half double crochets.

Here is the space you should be looking for:

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This row makes a stripe that runs through the edging and mimics the design of the rest of the sweater. A great detail!

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I love when I get to the point of putting the edging on. It finishes off all of those raw edges and makes a project look so much more complete! All that’s left now is to weave in ends and block, but more on that next week.

Have fun, you’re almost there!

Post your comments and questions below - even pictures of your Top Down Crochet Jacket WIP! This CAL also has an active Ravelry group too.

About Grace: Grace DiLorenzo has been crocheting and knitting for the last 10 years. What started as a hobby quickly grew into a passion. Her favorite things to make are garments and lace. As a teacher at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York City she has been able to share her love of yarn crafting teaching beginning through advanced knitting, crochet, and yarn dyeing classes. She has lead the first four in studio knit alongs and is excited to lead her first crochet along! grace_200px

Top Down Crochet Jacket Crochet-Along Posts

WEEK ONE: Top Down Crochet Jacket Crochet-Along: Swatching
WEEK TWO: Top Down Crochet Jacket Crochet-Along: Raglan
WEEK THREE: Top Down Crochet Jacket: Sleeve Construction
WEEK FOUR: Top Down Crochet Jacket: Edging
WEEK FIVE: Top Down Crochet Jacket: Finishing

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