Easy Vertical Trim Patterns

  • 01 of 04

    Turning Chains as a Crochet Design Element

    Crocheted Trims / Edgings
    Crocheted Trims Made Using Single Crochet Stitch. The Turning Chain Is Used As a Design Element to Create Scalloped Edges. Photo © 2009 Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Turning chains are practical. They serve a purpose, but they're not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of design elements for crochet.

    What happens if you use your turning chain as a design element? Let’s explore some possibilities.

    With single crochet, you’d typically work one chain stitch to turn. What happens if you chain three? Or four? Or even more?

    In the photos above you can see some samples I made while playing around with this idea. As you can see, the turning chains...MORE form a sort of scalloped edge that is surprisingly pretty.

    These pieces could be used as trims, edgings or insertions. They could also be used in other ways too. I'm thinking of using this type of design to make scarves, handbag straps, and straps for crocheted summer tops.

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  • 02 of 04

    Wide Scalloped Vertical Trim

    Wide Scalloped Crochet Trim / Edging
    Wide Scalloped Crochet Trim. Photo © 2009 Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This wide scalloped crocheted piece could be used as a trim, edging or an insertion, but don't let the name hinder you from dreaming up additional creative ways you could use it.

    Skill Level: Very easy / beginner

    This pattern is easy enough for a total beginner. If you are a total beginner, I do recommend that you try working a square of regular rows of single crochet before starting this pattern, if you haven't already. That way, you can get a feel for what it’s like to work single...MORE crochet with a turning chain of ordinary length. The turning chain used in this pattern is longer than usual.

    Materials:

    The sample edging was crocheted using worsted weight cotton yarn and a size H / 5.0 mm crochet hook. You can try this pattern with just about any fiber, thread, or yarn in any size you like.

    Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

    Crochet Instructions:

    Ch 10.

    Row 1: sc in second ch from hook, and in each chain after. (9 sc.) Ch 3, turn.

    Row 2: Work 1 sc in each sc st across. (9 sc.) Ch 3, turn.

    Repeat row 2 until your piece is the desired length.

    Finishing the Trim:

    End off and weave in loose ends. Block if desired.

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  • 03 of 04

    Vertical Scalloped Crochet Trim

    Scalloped Crochet Trim / Edging
    Scalloped Crochet Trim. Photo © 2009 Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This vertical scalloped crochet piece could be used as a trim, edging or an insertion, or in many other ways.

    Skill Level: Very easy / beginner

    Materials:

    The sample trim was crocheted using worsted weight cotton yarn and a size H / 5.0 mm crochet hook. You can try this pattern with just about any fiber, thread, or yarn in any size you like.

    Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

    Crochet Instructions:

    Ch 6.

    Row 1: sc in second ch from hook, and in each...MORE chain after. (5 sc.) Ch 4, turn.

    Row 2: Work 1 sc in each sc st across. (5 sc.) Ch 4, turn.

    Repeat row 2 until your piece is the desired length.

    Finishing the Trim:

    End off and weave in loose ends. Block if desired.

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  • 04 of 04

    Scalloped Crochet Edging With Ribbon

    Vertical Crocheted Trim With Ribbon
    Vertical Crocheted Trims With Ribbon - Both of These Trims Were Made Using The Same Crochet Pattern, but One Was Made With Crochet Thread and the Other Was Made Using Worsted Weight Yarn. Photo © 2009 Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Enjoy this free crochet pattern for a scalloped vertical trim with ribbon. The trim is pretty, and it is very easy to crochet. You can work this pattern in either crochet thread or yarn, and it looks great either way.

    I've called this a "trim," but there are many other ways you could use it.

    Skill Level: Easy

    Materials:

    • Yarn, crochet thread, or other fiber of your choice
    • Crochet hook of appropriate size (Check the yarn / thread label if in doubt.)
    • Ribbon
    • Tapestry needle

    I have two sample...MORE trims pictured here. Both of them were made using this pattern; the only differences are the colors and materials used. The sample edging on the left was made using crochet thread, a small steel crochet hook, and very narrow ribbon. The sample edging on the right was crocheted using worsted weight cotton yarn and a size H / 5.0 mm crochet hook, and embellished with 3/8" ribbon.

    You can try this pattern with just about any fiber, thread, or yarn in any size you like.

    Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

    Crochet Instructions:

    Ch 4.

    Row 1: sc in second ch from hook, ch 1, skip next ch st, sc in last ch. Ch 4, turn.

    Row 2: sc in first sc, ch 1, skip next sc, sc in last sc. Ch 4, turn.

    Repeat row 2 until your piece is the desired length.

    Finishing the Trim:

    End off and weave in loose ends. Block if desired.

    Weave ribbon through the ch-1 spaces created in the middle of each row.

    For the sample shown on the left, the one worked in thread crochet, I found it easier to "sew" the ribbon into the holes by using a tapestry needle threaded with the ribbon. That was faster than using my fingers alone to do it. For the larger sample, I had no problem weaving the ribbon through the holes without the tapestry needle.

    Ideas for Using These Crocheted Trims:

    • Heart with trim, plus flower button and other embellishments
    • Heart with trim, flowers, and Czech glass button
    • Simple red and white heart with crocheted trim
    • Beaded lace crochet choker pattern

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