You might be just as frustrated as we go to purchase a scarf that looks good for any occasion but doesn’t reflect your own personal flourishes or aspects of your personality, so customizing your scarf is the way to go.
There’s no need to take long classes on how to crochet the perfect scarf design or add some flair to the fringe of your scarf, as you may like the design but want something that makes it stand out.
What if there were a way that you could learn these techniques in under half an hour, or if that sounds too daunting, inside the space of one article?
We’ll show you how you can add a metallic edge to your scarf to make the color and design stand out and how you can do this with a simple scarf you can pick up from a store.
Read on to find out how to go bold with your scarf, whatever the season.
How To Add A Crocheted Metallic Edge To Your Scarf?
What You’ll Need
- A Scarf, ideally a crocheted one
- Caron simply soft yarn, 288-meter length, ideally a metallic or as close to the color as you can find
- 5mm crochet hook
To make your process easier, take your scarf and cut any pieces that stick out or hang to ensure you have an even base to work with, even though it’s recommended you pick the most used color for your border.
This color will be the basis of the first round of double crochet, so be sure that the color you have compliments the other colors on the scarf.
Now you can wrap the yarn around your hook and feed this through the first loop of the old color or skein.
Once you’ve done this, you can add a loop around this to make it more secure and add a knot or two around, as you’ll notice this tie will initially be a bit loose.
Then you want to do two double crochets, one and two, using the corner stitch where you started as a guide, and you can see how it will look when it’s finished.
Do another double crochet into that first stitch and join into the corner seam, which is how you form your corners.
Now, you can focus on your edges, and here you can work one double crochet into the end of each row end, and you can start by working into the second loop next to your corner and do a double crochet.
Now you can repeat the loop next to this and keep going until you reach the middle, where you might see double crochets, and here you want to do single crochets, so it doesn’t become ruffled.
You can keep looping your thread through until you reach the adjacent corner, but be aware that each row going down will look slightly different.
Now you’ve reached the corner, you want to create a stitch here by doing three double crochets into the corner, and make sure that you work into the underside of the foundation chain from which you started this double crochet.
You can work into each successive chain until you reach the next corner and double-crochet when you reach it.
You can repeat this step for your sides but ensure that your stitches are placed consistently, so your border doesn’t look skewed.
When you reach the starting corner, you can insert your hook into that first stitch slip and then tie it off, and cut your yarn.
You can make your stitch more secure by leaving a length from your yarn and stitching it to a loop from the back of the scarf, and that’s it.
Things To Consider When Modifying Your Scarf
Now you know how to do borders and edges, you could move on to other types of detailed work that might require more work, but the end result is going to be fantastic and is great if you want to make a scarf as a gift to someone where you can add certain features.
Below are a few factors you may not have considered which could end up making your scarf better than you could have ever wondered.
The Type Of Scarf You Use
We suggest crochet material for the scarf because it’s the easiest to work with as you can see how your crocheting work is going, and as there are possibly 15 types of scarves, ranging from cotton to chiffon, all the way to silk and cashmere.
There are going to be materials like silk that are going to be frustrating to work with as these can be just as colorful on their own, and adding any edges or borders might end up hindering it instead.
Of course, there’s no definitive type of scarf to go with, but you can use a sewing machine if you decide to do it by hand if it is too fussy, as this process should be relaxing and enjoyable.
Add A Fringe
If you think edges aren’t the way to go, you can add a fringe to the end of your scarf, and all you need is a scarf, embroidery thread, needle, and scissors, and you can start by cutting 3 dozen pieces of thread 12 inches long.
You can take two pieces of thread, then pierce through the top of the scarf and pull the looped end of the thread from the bottom to the top of the fabric.
Then you can pull the loose ends of the thread through the loop to secure them in place, and you can repeat this along the ends of your scarf.
Take some time to give it a good look over and trim any bits that look a bit scraggly.
You can use different shades of color to show a nice contrast, which is really going to make the rest of the scarf stand out.
The Bottom Line
With this in mind, you might have found that your results don’t quite match what you see with guides, but this can be rectified with practice, and it’s a good idea to start with a scrap piece of material or an old scarf so you can try out your handiwork on.
If you are hoping to add a metallic edge to your scarf, you should be aware that you want there to be some kind of consistency with the tone of your colors, so going for darker colors is generally a good idea here.
You might find later on that you’re not a fan of the color and want to change it, and you can do this simply by remembering where you made the first stitch.
From here, the thread or yarn should unravel, and you can simply start again without any fuss or without having to start with a new scarf.
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