Edwardian High Neck Collar
High collars covering most of the neck were popular a century ago. Women of the Edwardian Era covered nearly every acre of flesh behind layers of fabric. Blouses were full in front and puffed into a pigeon breast shape over a narrow waist. Skirts swept the floor. Tall, stiff collars characterized the period. The necklines of these collars being supported by boned framework. Donning gloved hands to hold a parasol, some narrow pointy shoes and a large hat over a Gibson Girl hairstyle and all that remains to be seen of the woman is a face and that was covered in powder. In a word: modesty, but too much of anything is not a good thing; even air (too much oxygen turns the blood pink.)
Speaking of pink…
Lacy High Neck Crochet Collar
10/2 cone cotton (soft pink), #2 (2.25mm) steel hook, 1/2″ shank button, scissors and needle
Fits neck up to 14″
Patternish (Some freeform; refer to slideshow pictures above showing the pink collar)
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch, at end ch 2, turn
Row 2: dc in each sc across, at end, ch 1, turn
Row 3: sc in each dc across, at end, ch 3, turn
Row 4: This is a v-stitch only row. The previous ch3 counts as 1st dc, in 2nd or next sc sp, work v-stitch (dc-ch1-dc), *sk 2, v-stitch, *repeat across, at end work 1 dc, ch 3, turn. Try to keep the edges straight until the ending fan stitch.
Row 5: sk 1st dc, in ch1 sp work 3dc-tog (*yo1x, insert hook, draw up a loop, yo, draw through 2 loops, *repeat twice, yo draw through all 4 loops), **ch 2, 3dc-tog in next ch1 sp, **repeat across, at end work 1 dc, ch 3 turn
Row 6: This row is a shell stitch separated by an individual dc. Work 2 dc in 1st ch2 sp (=beginning 1/2 shell), ch 1, dc in next ch2 sp, *ch 1, shell (5 dc) in next ch2 sp, ch 1, dc in next ch2 sp, ch 1, shell (5 dc), ch 1, dc, etc.. *repeat across, at end dc, ch 1, turn
Row 7: sc in turning sp. This row is an alternating st divided by a chain of 3. In the center of each 5dc shell, work 3dc-tog. In each stand alone dc, work picot (sc-ch3-sc). Work a chain of 3 between each alternating 3dc-tog and picot. At end, work a sc in last edge st (to keep the edges even), ch 1, turn.
Row 8: sc in turning sp. This row, add picots to the top of the preceding 3dc-tog sts and separate with a chain of 5 between each picot. At end, sc in last st.
Row 9&10: These two rows add a picot in the 3rd ch of the preceding ch5 sp, chain 5 between picots. At end sc, ch 5, turn.
Row 11: This row is similar to rows 9&10, but has no picots, just a ch of 6 and a sc in the 3rd ch of the preceding ch5 sp. At end sc, turn.
Row 12: This row starts the fan stitch comprised of the next 3 rows. Row 12 being the base. Working in the ch6 sps only, ch 4 to start and work a sc in the 3rd st of the preceding ch6 sp, ch 2, work 10 dc in next ch6 sp, ch 2, sc in 3rd ch of preceding row’s ch6 sp, ch 2, work 10 dc in next ch6 sp, continue alternating across. If you end on a 10dc ch6 sp, work 1/2 of the dc sts (5dc), ch1 and dc in last st. At end, turn.
Row 13: ch 1, sc in turning sp, if the next st is the sc in 3rd ch then ch 1 and sc in sc. If the next st is a dc shell then ch 1, sk 1st dc and dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in next dc, ch 2 and continue for a total of 8 dc separated by ch 2, except the first and last which are separated by a ch 1 distance to the sc in sc between. At end, sc in last st, turn.
Row 14: The last row (on this side). ch 1 and sc in the turning sp. ch 2, work 3dc-tog in the next ch2 sp, *ch 5, sc in the 4th ch from hook (to form picot), ch 1, 3dc-tog in next ch2 sp, *Repeat for a total of 7dc-tog and 6 picots, and finish all remaining fans in same manner, do not work the area between the fans.
End. Break Thread.
Rows 15-18: Join thread to top sc, working the opposite side now. Repeat rows 4-7. End. Break Thread.
Vertical Border: Join thread to the top of row 18 and work a sc, ch 1, sc along the entire width or about 5″, turn, sc in each st. On one of these two vertical edges, make 2 more rows of sc and on the other, make a button hole consisting of a sc, sc, ch3, sk 3, sc, sc, etc… at the top followed by one more row of sc.
Sew a 1/2″ shank button to the solid side lining up with button hole sp.
Decorate the lower vertical border (under the button) with a ch4, 2 dc-tog in 4th ch from hook, ch 4, 2dc-tog in 4th ch from hook, repeat for a total of 6. End. Break thread long, use tail to sew onto the vertical hem under the button.
Weave in tails.
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