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Date: 12/24/12 5:02 AM

Hi, I am a relatively new knitter and crocheter. One thing I would love to do is attach crocheted or knitted trim/fringe to edges of a cloth scarf, etc. How do you attach it? Do you use a tapestry needle and a knit or chain row to start? Won't that make big holes that will rip in the fabric?

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Date: 12/24/12 5:07 AM

When I find vintage pillowcases with crocheted edges, I notice how they are attached. Apparently with the use of a tapestry needle and thread.

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Date: 12/29/12 3:49 PM

I would knit/crochet the trim separately, then sew it to the fabric either by hand or machine.

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Date: 12/29/12 5:37 PM

Here is one video demonstration.

It is possible to use a fine hook to pierce some fabrics and crochet directly onto the fabric, as here. There are more approaches here, and here.

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Date: 1/5/13 10:32 AM

It looks like there are 2 options, based on the tutorials Elona posted -
1. use a tapestry needle to make an anchoring thread then crochet onto that.
2. start the edging directly on the fabric.

In either case, you will make holes, but if you work carefully between the fabric threads, you can make the holes without damaging the fabric. And when done, and the towel or garment is laundered, the holes often close back up a bit.

Another alternative is to make the edging and then sew it to the items. One nice thing about doing this is that someday you can save the edging when the towel or garment wears out. I've seen this done often in clothing in museums.

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