Crochet lace to upgrade your knitting projects

This summer I bought a new knitting magazine by Phildar, and I have really been enjoying making their projects, but I also think it is nice to add a personal touch to your hand made pieces. That is why I wanted to make this two-part miniseries showing you how I upgrade my knitting projects. These two ways will be:

  • Adding a lace trim
  • Adding a far-isle-pattern

This post will focus on adding a lace trim.

First of all I want to tell you the pattern I used for the dress. The magazine I used is Phildar no. 139, of which I used pattern 12, which is a pattern that uses knit holes to give an interesting edge to the sides. This can be a bit tricky to get right, because when a hole is knitted one stitch to the left or the right the row looks crooked (this might have happened on the back of my dress). I have found this magazine online in French and Dutch, unfortunately not in English.

Phildar knitting book no 139.2

The yarn I used for this project was not the recommended Phildar yarn, but I chose a yarn with a similar size, length and weight. The yarn I used is Katja – Camel socks, made from 55% wool, 25% polyamide and 20% camel. I think this gives the dress a nice denim-like effect. However, when I was done with the knitting I thought it looked a bit too uniformly blue. That is why I wanted to add a crème lace border.

Blue Phildar dress original

The border I made has been inspired by a pattern I found in a hand working book my mother had at home, which was a 1970-1980 complete hand working book. The lace edge in the book is for a trim around a piece of fabric, but I modified it to be a loose piece of lace. Because the pattern turned out different than the pattern I used as inspiration, I will not show the original pattern here.

The original pattern consists of two rows of crocheting, and I found that just using the first row gives a nice small border for around the neck opening. Crocheting the second row as well yields a broader lace trim, that is better suited for the bottom of the dress.

Lace edge crochet detail


Note: I use English terms here. The English double crochet is an American single crochet, and the English treble is an American double crochet. This information was found on a Dutch website on international crochet patterns (


Start by chaining a length of stitches to wrap around the neck opening, make this chain a bit longer than you think you need, seeing that the lace pulls on the length of this chain.


Crochet 5 trebles into the 3rd stitch from your hook

Skip the next two stitches on the chain

Double crochet into the next stitch

Skip the next two stitches on the chain

Chain 3 and double crochet into the next stitch

Skip the next two stitches on the chain


Repeat * to * until the end of your chain

In the picture below, you can see the piece that is repeated

Small lace edge

Lace edge crochet detail small


The first row is the same as for the small edge. The second row is crochet as follows:

Chain 3, the start of your pattern will depend on how you ended your first row (with chaining or trebles)


Crochet 5 trebles into the chain of three

Double crochet between the 2nd and 3rd treble

Chain 5

Double crochet between the 3rd and 4th treble


Repeat * to * until the end of your chain.

Large lace edgeLace edge crochet detail large

This is what the dress looks like when the lace trims are added, I think it brings the blue to life!

Blue Phildar dress with lace edging 2

The different lace parts can be seen with the dress in the pictures below.


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