How to Make a Hanky

Discover how to make a hanky just like grandma used to have.

| June 27, 2013

Nanas Hanky

This handkerchief has been embellished with a simple crocheted edge.

Photo By Keller & Keller Photography Inc.

Finally, a One-Skein Wonders book just for crocheters! In Crochet One-Skein Wonders (Storey Publishing, 2013), Judith Durant and Edie Eckman offer 101 great crochet projects, from jewelry and cowl scarves to bags, hats, dresses, and home décor items. Each project uses just one skein of yarn. Whatever your experience level, you'll find something here to delight you! The following excerpt is from the section “Thread.”

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Crochet One-Skein-Wonders.

Nana’s Hanky

Designed by Gwen Steege

Gwen’s grandmother was never without a hanky with a crocheted edge — either up her sleeve or in progress on her hook! This simple edging was designed in her honor. Handkerchief blanks are widely available online as well as in some fabric and craft stores. Take care not to let the first round of single crochet stitches pull in too tightly, or the edges will “cup.”

Abbreviation Key
ch chain
dc double crochet
hdc half double crochet
RS right side of work
sc single crochet
slip st slip stitch
WS wrong side of work
* marker

Finished Measurements
The edging is approximately 1/2"/13 mm wide; total measurement depends on handkerchief measurement

DMC cotton perle size 8, 100% cotton, 95 yds (87 m)/0.35 oz (10 g,) Color 818

Crochet Hook
Steel US 5 (1.9 mm) or size you need to obtain correct gauge

7 repeats = 3"/7.5 cm in pattern

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