Thread Crochet: It Isn't Just for Doilies

One of my first crochet projects was a thread filet crochet dresser scarf for my mother. I loved the delicate and crisp stitches. My next project was a bright green doily. Lace in thread is as gorgeous as filet crochet in thread, but both of these projects were home decor pieces.

Hibiscus Tunic by Mimi Alelis  

I wanted something I could wear and show off. The warm summer weather has me again looking for thread crochet garments. Light-weight thread crochet lace and motifs are perfect for hot summer days.

  Chinese Dragon Shawl by Kathryn White

Luckily, many crochet designers also see the beauty of thread crochet, and now I can find a wide variety of garment patterns. The biggest problem is choosing which one to start. Do you want to join me? Before we begin, here are two of my favorite tips for crocheting with thread.

1. The large majority of thread crochet projects call for small steel hooks. If you are using a steel hook, choose one with a larger wood or plastic handle. The diameter of the handle a plain steel hook is tiny, even to those of us with small hands. Hours spent gripping this tiny handle can quickly lead to hand strain. There are a wonderful variety of steel crochet hooks now available with wood, plastic, or clay handles. You can also add your own clay or felt handles to steel hooks. Believe me, your hands will thank you.

Moth Wings Shrug by Mimi Alelis  

2. Don't crochet with your work held too closely to your eyes. Especially with the tiny thread stitches, the instinct is to hold a thread project close to you face. This will quickly cause eye and neck strain. Also make sure you are in an area with good light, and crochet with your work about waist level.  Once you get the hang of the pattern, try crocheting while watching a good movie or visiting with friends.

Crochet the ideal summer garment today by downloading one of these amazing thread crochet patterns today! They are all on sale for a limited time so don't delay.

Best wishes,

P.S. Share your best thread crochet tip in the comments.


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Toni Rexroat

About Toni Rexroat

Toni Rexroat is the Online Editor of Crochet Me. Outfitted with several crochet hooks and surrounded by bins of yarn, she has been the assistant editor for Interweave Crochet magazine as well as PieceWork, Interweave Crochet’s sister magazine. She was born and raised in a little town in Wyoming where she was exposed to wool and other fibers at an early age, and began crocheting in her early teens. Enjoying a wide variety of fibery hobbies from crochet and knitting to sewing, she is determined to learn to spin so she can crochet with her own yarn.

4 thoughts on “Thread Crochet: It Isn't Just for Doilies

  1. One thing that can be tricky about thread crochet: if I use a doily-type thread and a doily-type stitch, I can end up with something that looks like a re-purposed doily – which may or may not be a good thing.

  2. I have a question- I’ve returned to crochet after a 30 year hiatus. As a child I made many things , both with thread and yarn. I don’t remember much else about doing it beyond enjoying the process and mostly working in a semi-freeform way.

    Now I’ve worked my way through several patterns and stitch books and have learned to read diagrams, which really work for me. I’ve been fooling around with thread for a couple of months and my projects work in that what the pattern says should happen as the project builds happens, but I’m having an awful time with the thread twisting. I notice this more with cotton thread than with bamboo thread.

    I spend a significant time letting the project dangle and unwind, else it gets all twisty. Is this a common problem, or is it likely due to something I’m doing mechanically? Any fixes? Any ideas? Thank you@

  3. Make sure there is a contrasting color behind your work, in addition to good lighting on your work. For example, if you are working with white thread either wear something dark or drape a dark towel across your legs. The contrast will help you see the stitches.

  4. We just re-painted and re-carpeted our house, but I kept the drapes that I love. They didn’t come with tie backs, so I found a heavy gauge crochet thread, and crocheted my own. They look as good or better than anything I can buy in a store. It only took about an hour to make each one and they cost less than 2.00 each to make.