How to Crochet a Neckline

Introduction: How to Crochet a Neckline

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For your next t-shirt reconstruction, shake things up a bit with a 70s-inspired crocheted neckline! Take a trip with Threadbanger to visit Cal of Hodge Podge and learn how to do this unique craft! For more details, watch the video, and for more DIY style, subscribe to Threadheads on iTunes!

Old t-shirt
Tiny steel crochet hook (usually for lace/doilies)
Size E crochet hook
Needle with a large eye

In order to do this project, you need to know the basics of crocheting! Wanna learn? Check the How to Crochet instructable, blog, or video :)

Step 1: Creating the String

**If at any point you run out of string, take a new strand and layer the beginning part on top of your ending string. You will crochet with this double string for a little bit, until the old piece completely ends.**

Cut a big scoop neck into the shirt. The piece you cut out of the neck you will use to cut into scraps and string.

Take an oval shape, and cut a skinny strip (about 1/4 inch) in a spiral around the oval until you reach the center.

Wind your strip of string into a ball, stretching it slightly as you do so.

Step 2: Crochet the First Row

Make a slip knot in your string and put the loop on your tiny steel crochet hook.

Take the hook and poke it about a 1/4 inch into the neckline edge of the t-shirt.

Make a single crochet stitch.

Do 6 chain stitches, then move an inch over and poke into the shirt again.

Repeat the crochet pattern of a single stitch, 6 chains, and poke a hole until you've gone all the way around the neckline.

Step 3: Crochet the Second Row

Insert the hook into your very first single crochet.

Do a slip stitch so that you connect your new row to the old row. Do a couple more slip stitches so that you are positioned at the top of the first loop. Now you can begin working into each loop to begin a new pattern.

Switch to your bigger crochet hook. Do a single crochet into the first loop.

Do 6 chain stitches. Then do a single crochet in the next loop. Repeat until you are at the beginning again.

Step 4: Crochet the Third (and Final) Row

Put your hook into the first single crochet stitch, and do a slip stitch to connect. Then do a few more slip stitches so that you're at the top of the loop again.

The next round, do 5 chains for each loop so that the neckline will start getting smaller.

When the third row is done, join with a slip stitch into the first single crochet stitch.

To finish off: Cut the string a couple inches away, do one last chain stitch, and pull the tail all the way through. Pull it tight. Take a needle and weave the end in. Then you're finished!

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    5 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Soooo cool, thank you so much for your effort on making this great 'ible!!! :)M


    11 years ago on Introduction

    This is so fantastic! I am always hacking up t-shirts and I love to crochet. You are brilliant. I love the lavender shirt you are wearing in the photo. Is that crochet as well?