Do you know how to crochet? Do you have a plain shirt that is in need of a little pick-me-up? Than this project is for you. Crocheting a neckline is an easy way to transform a ho-hum shirt into something with a little more interest and feminine style. I love how the openwork crochet creates a lace-like appearance without being overly fru-fru.
I only used three different stitches to create this particular neckline; chain stitch, single crochet, and double crochet. The thread that I used was just a simple cotton crochet thread that I inherited from my Grandma. It’s probably a size 10 thread, though it didn’t have a label so I’m not exactly sure.
To begin, I used a 1mm crochet hook to pierce the fabric of the original shirt neckline and create a crocheted foundation for my new crocheted neckline. This particular shirt has a double layer of knit fabric in the bodice, so it was a little difficult to pierce, which is why I used the smallest hook that I could use with the thickness of thread that I had. In the places where I pierced the shirt I made a single crochet, then made three chain stitches between each single crochet stitch. At this point, a fabric marker may come in handy so that you can be sure that your stitches are evenly spaced along the neckline. Or, you can just wing it like I did.
Once you have a foundation row established, it is a good idea to find the middle of the shirt (front and back) and mark it with some contrasting yarn. This will come in handy if you would like to do any shaping of your neckline.
From here on your stitches will depend on the look you want as well as the size and shape of your particular neckline. For my shirt, I used various combinations of double crochet with chain stitches between and single crochet with chain stitches between. Keep in mind that if you want your neckline to lay flat, the overall number of stitches will need to decrease as you add each successive row.
My original shirt had a neckline that was very deep in front and in back. I really like it, but I thought that it was a bit low in the front, so I gave myself a little more coverage with the crochet neckline in the front than I did in the back.
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