Sunday, July 06, 2008

I've completed part of one side of the hanky edging and am faced with an issue that I haven't found an answer to yet. Perhaps readers who have done a lot of hanky edgings will be able to advise me. This edging has a top side and bottom side and the top side is done first. Then you do the bottom side which is the part that attaches to the hanky.

How do you gauge the distance? In other words, as I run it along the edge, I have to leave a space to allow for the bottom half of the edging if it is to fit correctly. I've eyeballed it so far and can make up the difference at the beginning of the edging if I need to but what about the other two corners? Do I simply block the edging to fit? I can only stretch it so far before it will pucker. The bottom half of the edging is not as wide as the top half, although she does say the edging is 1" in width in size 60 thread. I'm using size 50 DMC Cordonnet. It is currently 3/4" at its widest point. approximately 1/4" out should be pretty close.

Anyone have a better way of figuring out how long each side should be?

I was back at the flea market this weekend and took a camera shot of the crocheted doily I'd admired earlier. The price was $9.75. I'm not sure why I thought it was more but it's still more than I want to pay. I think I've seen this pattern in one of my crochet books anyway, but the spokes on the motif is what intrigued me. They have a textured effect that I couldn't quite determine. I needed a magnifying glass to see it better. Maybe next time. LOL!


  1. Hi Gina. From the looks of that edging, I would join every fourth or fifth hole of the hanky edging. My way of gauging is just that. I count the holes along the edge of the hanky then work out how many holes one repeat will take. For the corners, I just assume five holes -- one on the corner then the second hole from the corner for joinings. I don't know what kind of hanky you are using, but I use Irish linen hankies, not the hem stitched ones you can get from Handy Hands or Be-Stitched. Hope that helps!

  2. Hi Gina, I don't have an answer for your question on the edging for the hanky, but I did want to say how lovely the edging is. I know I have seen the edging before, but I cannot place in what book, can you tell me? Thanks, Carol

  3. This is from Mary Konior's Tatting with Visual Patterns, pages 41/42 and is called Maids of Honor.

    :-) Gina

  4. Thanks for the info Gina! I thought it might be Mary Konior's pattern. Have a great day!


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