Size 14 steel crochet hook
2 packages of medium rickrack in contrasting colors
DMC Cebelia size 20 thread to match or contrast with rickrack
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
rep = repeat
RS = right side
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
sp = space
picot = ch 4, sl st in previous dc
Take braided rickrack a step further with simple crochet stitches.
If you are trimming a towel, measure the width. Use this measurement plus 1 inch as the length of the edging for one row of trim.
Wrap contrasting colors of rickrack around each other with the pieces flat; cut them to the desired length.
Use triple strands of thread throughout to crochet a thicker edging like the yellow edging in the picture, or use a single strand for a thinner edging like the blue edging. Starting on the third rickrack tip from one end, join the thread by jabbing the hook through the fabric near the outer tip, sliding the hook in deeply to enlarge the hole, and then pulling the thread through.
Ch 4, dc in same hole as joining, (ch 2, 2 dc in next rickrack tip) to desired length, leaving two tips free at end of work. Fasten off.
Return to beginning of work, with the RS facing, join in 3rd ch of beginning ch-4, ch 4, (2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2) across, ending last rep with 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, dc in last dc. Fasten off.
Turn work so RS is facing and work along opposite edge of rickrack, join in 3rd rickrack tip, ch 3; * in next rickrack tip (dc, ch 4, sl st in last dc = picot made) twice **, ch 2, sc in next rickrack tip, ch 2; rep from * across, leaving last 2 rickrack tips free and ending last rep at **. Fasten off.
4. Block the edging.
Using a needle and thread, tack the edging to the towel, folding cut ends to the back.