Hoopla Kit - Crochet Edge
If you have bought a hoopla embroidery kit from The Sewing Ward and you would like to create a crocheted edge around it then here are the step by step instructions you will need.
Choosing your wool; for this I have used a colour that compliments the embroidery thread colour but a contrasting colour will also work nicely, its all down to personal taste. I have used a double knit wool and a size 4 crochet hook.
Start with a slip knot onto your crochet hook.
Have your crochet hook at the front of the hoop with the wool going through the centre of the hoop to the ball of wool to the back.
Left Handed Right Handed
Take hook over the top of the hoop and put yarn over hook
Pull yarn through slip knot on the hook to create your 1st stitch.
Take hook under hoop, Yarn over, bring to the front/top of hoop, yarn over and pull through so you are left with one loop on hook.
Continue like this until you have gone around the whole hoop.
It is a little fiddly near the top near screw but I find that if you do your crochet stitches before it and then push the stitches under it once they are done this will help.
Now you have done the first row around your hope you should have what looks like a plait on the outer edge of the hoop. These are the top of the stitches you will work your next row into.
Each V is one stitch and you put your hook through the V (2strands of wool) each time.
Row 2 - Chain 1, *miss a couple of stitches then work 5treble into the 3rd stitch. Slip Stitch into next stitch* repeat from *-* until you have gone around the whole hoop.
A few tips ; On the 1st row make sure you cannot see the hoop through the wool but also don't make to many stitches as the 2nd row will be harder to do.
Its quite hard to crochet at the top near the screw - so don't! Crochet just before or after (depending if your starting or finishing) and then with your fingers wriggly the crocheted stitches along to cover the metal bit on the hoop and place the 2nd row frill in front of the screw.
When you fasten the last stitch off tie the 2 pieces of leftover yarn into a tight knot, these will then be hidden at the back of the work.