Monday 16 November 2020

Hen & Chicks Corner

From the previous post, there was the most votes for the fuller version number 3 with the extra ring in the centre so that's the one I'll share with you in this post.

Just for clarity, let me state that this pattern is not my invention:  it is a well-known and traditional edging which appears in lots of vintage and out of copyright publications.  I only designed the corner for it.

Hen & Chicks Edging:
R4-4 rw
leave 4mm bare thread (and between each subsequent element)
R3-3-3-3 rw
*R3+2-2-2-2-2-2-3 rw
R3+3-3-3 rw
R4+4 rw
R3+3-3-3 rw
R4-4 rw
R3+3-3-3 rw
Repeat from *

To Turn the Corner:
After a large ring,
R3+3-3-3 rw
R4+2-2, rw 
(there are no bare threads after this ring and between the following 5 elements)
R2-2-2-2-2 rw
R3+2-2-2-3 dnrw, lock join to last picot of previous ring
R3+2-2-2-2-2-2-3 dnrw, lock join to 3rd picot of previous ring
R3+2-2-2-3 dnrw, lock join to 2nd picot of previous ring
R2+2-4 rw
start leaving a 4mm bare thread again from here
and continue from * above

I hope some of you will enjoy making this lovely vintage edging and corner.  Oh, nearly forgot, I made a video that shows how to make the corner too if you're interested.  You can view it here.

Best wishes,


  1. Thank you. It makes for a more finished effect than just turning the edging as is.

  2. Lovely! I just happen to have some hankies that could use a pretty edging. thank you for sharing your pattern for the corner!

  3. It is really amazing how well it has come together! I love it. Thank you for sharing the pattern.

  4. You're very welcome Linda! :-)

  5. Oooh, I really like it! You’ve done a marvelous job with the corners, they fit perfectly!

  6. Its lovely to see this great pattern with a corner, well done in achieving to design it

  7. Your written directions omit steps in the corner section that you have in the video - the lock-joins from the larger rings to the center ring. The first time I tried this, I was left with the center ring flopping about, unattached; I couldn't figure out what went wrong. Re-watched the video, and all was clear. Looks great, and easy to do.

    1. Hello and thank you for pointing out my omissions. I have now amended the pattern and added the lock joins. If you manage to check it, you can let me know if it appears correct now. :-)

    2. Yes, thanks - it now looks like the scribbled notes I added to the printed copy I made.


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