Generations of women in diverse cultures have used crochet edging to communicate emotions or decorate their clothing and accessories. In Turkey these decorative edgings are called “oya” and are used to decorate beautiful scarves which are often worn for traditional or religious occasions.
I fell in love with the elegant beauty of these crocheted beaded edgings the instant I picked up The Beaded Edge. Along with a fascinating history on oya edgings, I was inspired by the 18 designs, each accompanied by step by step instructions and stitch diagrams. And the beaded crochet edged scarves are just the beginning. You will also find instructions for creating stand alone necklaces and edgings for skirts, tops, jeans, accessories, and household items.
Depending on the color and type of beads and thread you use, you can add an elegant and sophisticated or an edgy and modern feel to your piece.
To get you started on your edging adventure, you will find the Lace Flowers edging, my personal favorite, at the end of this newsletter. For more crocheted edgings, pick up a copy of The Beaded Edge today and join me in exploring this centuries old tradition. What will your first project be?
1. Measure the length of the part to be edged; calculate the required number of motifs and beads based on the table above, then thread the beads onto the yarn. Depending on the individual, the crochet work may be shorter than the size shown in the table, so thread enough extra beads onto the yarn to make at least two motifs.
2. Make 4 chain stitches, then take 2 (gold) beads and close it with a chain stitch.
3. Make 5 chain stitches, then take 4 beads (3 gold beads, 1 read bead) and close it with a chain stitch.
4. Make 5 single crochets using the 5 chain stitches of step 3 to return, and join it with a slip stitch in between the beads of step 2.
5. Make 5 chain stitches, then turn over the crochet work, and join it with a slip stitch in between the red bead and gold bead.
6. Take 4 beads (3 gold beads, 1 red bead) and close it with a chain stitch. Turn over the crochet work again and make 5 single crochets using the 5 chain stitches to return, then join it with a slip stitch in between the beads of step 2.
7. Repeat steps 5 to 6 twice. Make the last slip stitch at the base closing the 2 beads.
8. Make 8 chain stitches and close 2 (gold) beads as in step 2.
9. Make 5 chain stitches and join it with a slip stitch in between the red bead and gold bead of the previous motif (to join 2 motifs) then crochet as in step 6.
10. Repeat step 9 three times to make a total of 4 florets. (Make the last slip stitch at the base closing the 2 beads.)
11. Repeat steps 8 to 10 until the required length is reached. End with 4 chain stitches to make flat. To ring the work, make 4 chain stitches after step 10, then join it with a slip stitch to the starting end.