Lovely Linen Frame by Kim Firth

Lovely Linen Frame

Crochet
July 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
3.0 mm
3.5 mm (E)
US
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Adding a personal touch to your home décor or gift wrap with a crochet frame is a great way to let your personal style shine through. I love to use crochet frames for photos, upcycled greeting cards, or even as gift tags. There are many free crochet patterns for crochet frames online and I’m adding this one to the mix.

NOTE: I have not included yardage or gauge for this project as it is easily adjusted to accommodate the yarn, hook, and frame base that you are using.

For this particular frame I wanted something on the larger side, so I used 4 ply linen thread held double and an inexpensive, (£2), 6 inch wooden embroidery hoop from a discount store for my frame. The hoop is probably terrible for actual embroidery but great for this purpose, and you can make two frames using both pieces of the hoop.

You can use any weight yarn and a variety of materials for the base of your frame – just adjust hook size and beginning number of stitches accordingly. Inexpensive bangle bracelets work great for miniature frames!

It is important to work your stitches tightly so your frame does not flop around on the edges. I also sprayed my finished frames with starch to stiffen them a bit. Liquid starch or sugar water work as well.

Using a slightly larger hook on the 1st round, (the round that forms the base around the frame form), and then a smaller hook on the remaining rounds makes things a little easier, but isn’t essential.