A small thoughtful gift goes a long way to telling the recipient that you really care about them. Anyone can walk into a shop and spend money on something generic. Making something with your own two hands says that you’ve put some thought into it, and didn’t only spend money on a gift, but also your time.
A quick, yet super pretty idea is to add crochet trim to tea towels. (Yes, this is nothing new, but I for one, tend to forget that this actually makes a lovely gift!)
If you’re fairly new to crochet, or even if you’ve been crocheting for a long time, but you haven’t yet added crocheted trim to anything, the whole concept could be daunting. Here is a quick guide to help you add trim and make it look professional.
Firstly, add a row of blanket stitches. Women’s Weekly has an excellent tutorial. The most important part is to make sure that you don’t pull the stitches too tight. Work it at an even tension. Try to make each blanket stitch approximately 1cm in width. Then, once you’ve completed your row of stitches, don’t work away the end. It is pretty difficult to do it neatly at the back with it still remaining unseen. Once you’ve worked your first row of crochet, weave the end of the blanket stitches away in the first crochet row.
Before working your first crochet stitch, decide on a stitch pattern. I used the cute little patterns in Agnieszka Strycharska’s book, ‘Vintage Style Crochet Projects‘. Once you know which stitch pattern you’ll be using, make sure that you know what the stitch count will be. For e.g. if it’s divisible by 4, make sure that your first row of crochet is divisible by 4. Join your yarn in the first blanket stitch space. Now work a row of stitches that can be divided by 4. If your spaces were approximately 1cm, you should aim for about 3 stitches per space. Too many stitches will make your crochet trim too floopy, too few stitches and it will pull and pucker.
Once you’ve completed working your trim, weave in all the loose ends, and iron your tea towels. Fold them and add a pretty ribbon.
And there you have it! A simple, yet thoughtful, elegant gift.