Those that know me, know I love to crochet. One of my favorite crochet techniques is edge crochet. Crochet Edging is simply crocheting a frilly crochet edge onto any project such as lace, table clothes, baby socks, burp clothes, shirts, skirts, and even fancy handmade cards. The combinations are near endless. So today I want to show you just how easy it with a favorite crochet edging tutorial.
Materials for crochet edging tutorial baby burp cloth:
- crochet thread size 10 ( not regular yarn). I used a Hot Pink color.
- Flannel Fabric in shape of burp cloth. You can do any size you prefer.
- Sharp crochet hook
- 2/2.25mm crochet hook (optional. You can switch to a regular hook after the base layer if you prefer).
What is a sharp crochet hook?
A sharp crochet hook is a fantastic tool I came across recently. I think every crochet enthusiast needs one in their collection! Normally in order to create edge crochet you need to buy special fabric packs that have special holes pre-poked on them. Or you need to own and know how to use a sewing machine and purchase additional Wing needles also known as hemstitching needles.
But the Sharp Crochet has really cut down on the crafting time and makes my craft projects much more portable. It is a new crochet hook that has a special patent pending design on the tip that allows it to easily slide through fabric and paper to create the hole that you use for threading crochet thread through as you crochet. I can get the hemstitch look even while I’m riding in the car on our way to visit family for the holidays!
But more about this amazing tool later. You will be able to see more of it as we go along. So lets get onto this fun Crochet edging baby burp cloth tutorial!
Crochet Edging Baby Burp Cloth Pattern
Cut out flannel or other fabric of your choice in the shape of a burp cloth. You can easily do a double layer, as the Sharp Crochet hook can handle two layers just fine. Zig zag stitch or serge the edges to prevent fraying.
With the fabric ready, we can begin the crochet edging.
Begin with a pretzel knot. Gently work the sharp crochet hook through the fabric 1/4 ” inches into the fabric. Hook the thread loop over the hook and pull through the hole. Slip stitch to begin. Chain 1. Keeping the tail flush with the fabric you will be crocheting over the tail for a few stitches.
At another 1/4″ over, again work the sharp crochet hook through the fabric and loop thread over the hook, pull through and single crochet. Repeat this edging technique 1/4″ in and 1/4″ over all the way around the burp cloth. You can free hand it and estimate or you can mark it out if you don’t feel comfortable with eying it. When you get to the beginning slip stitch in the chain one space from the beginning.
Slip stitch in first stitch over. You want to stitch under both layers of thread for a tighter look and longer lasting crochet edging. Then chain 3. Double crochet in the same hole. Chain 4 then slip stitch in the 1st chain. This creates the picot. Do 2 more double crochet stitches in the same hole as the first double crochet. Then skip three stitches/holes in the base row. Then begin again in the 4th stitch. 2 double crochets, picot, 2 double crochets then skip three stitches. Repeat this process of 2 Double crochet, picot, 2 Double crochet skip three; until you make your way around the entire burp cloth.
When you reach the beginning, slip stitch in the 3rd chain stitch. Tie off and weave the tail through the stitches. Cut and trim extra threads.
Now you are finished! You can repeat the same patterns for a matching baby blanket.
Why use the Sharp Crochet Hook when Crochet edging.
The sharp crochet is amazing with its unique sharp tip. Regular crochet hooks are rounded and smooth on the edge. You can see the difference with the two same size hooks. It’s quite a difference. You can see why the sharp crochet hook can easily glide through fabric or paper for edge crochet projects with no need to pre-poke holes.
The Sharp crochet website has lots of different project ideas and patterns. Yes they have free tutorials available for you! So you can get the most out of your Sharp Hook! I really love the crocheted purse with zipper and liner. I also can’t wait to try out the shirt edging!
Now the Sharp crochet may seem a bit pricey compared to other crochet hooks retailing at $10.99 for the hook and pattern book. But truly it has saved me so much money! I no longer have to buy the expensive fabric packs from my local craft store. The ones with the crochet edging holes pre-poked. I also don’t have to worry about getting an expensive sewing machine needle so I can add the holes in the fabric on my own. Plus the Sharp crochet can be used on fabric and paper! You can create some amazing gift cards with crocheted edging with this hook!
All I can say is I love my sharp crochet and I can’t wait to use it on a number of more projects throughout this year! You will most likely see it again in more craft tutorials we produce over this year. I’m really quite excited because with the Sharp Crochet hook I can finally use my favorite crochet edging patterns in more projects!
Want another fun and easy Crochet Project? Check out our easy Crochet Snowflakes!
What crochet edging project would you create with your own Sharp crochet hook?
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