Nothing finishes off a blouse or dress, ana adds to its appearance more effectively, than smart and well-cut neckwear, yet to keep an unlimited supply of dainty lace jabots and collars always ready for use entails expense.
Then, again, the upkeep is greatly enhanced by the fact that, after having once been washed, they are rendered unfit for ordinary wear again.
Most women possess a blouse or bodice with a high-cut collar. Take this, and cut from it a paper pattern, making it a little deeper all round, and with a wider centre frontage. It is not necessary to be afraid of cutting it too deeply, as a large amount of the material is taken up when letting in the crocheted points.
Fold the collar in the centre, and divide the sides into Vandykes, according to the size the crocheted points will require. Turn the muslin back, then tack it down with a fine cotton. Do not cut away the material from the wrong side until the crochet work has been sewn in, after which it can be cut close to the border and the raw edge oversewn, taking in the previous stitches.
For a 14-inch collar, twelve or thirteen points of lace may be allowed; but as individual crocheting varies in regard to looseness, the wisest plan is to work a small piece of the border, and then take a measurement, so as to be able to judge how many points in all will be required.
Enlarged section of crcchet edging round base of stock collar
The upper collar consists of one cut narrower from the same pattern, and felled round the top. Again, the most satisfactory result is obtained if the depth is gauged in accordance with the depth of the edging.
The " butterfly" can be made use of in many ways. For instance, if worked in a coarser cotton, it would look very becoming as a bow tie, worn with a linen collar. Pretty effects can also be obtained if worked in silk in various colours, and alone employed as a finish to the neck. It would also form an artistic adornment for the front of a blouse, inset, the material underneath being cut away.
For the crochet will be required Manlove's linen thread No. 80 or 60, with a correspondingly fine hook.
The Crochet Edging:
Commence with 9 ch., use 6 to turn, 1 d.c. in 7th one, 6 ch., 1 d.c. in 1st one, and also 4 ch. and 1 tr.; this forms the straight edge. Turn with 6 ch.; in each space 2 d.c. with 6 ch. between. On the straight side always crochet 4 ch., 1 tr. in last space before turning. Continue to work backwards and forwards until there are six spaces, counting the one formed with the 4 ch., and 1 tr. before turning.
Commence another point with two spaces. This should leave four spaces, counting the one at the top of the point.
Make four points in the same way, but in working the last row to the top of the 4th point, make 2 ch., and with a d.c. stitch in the top space of each of the other three points, draw them together. Crochet 2 more ch., and finish the last row of the 4th point.
The next point is the one that is let into the collar, and the next four make another group of points.
A piece of network, about a quarter of an inch wide, should be crocheted and attached at each end of the collar as a neat finish.
Into the three tips of each group of points make 9 loops of 16 ch., at the end of the 9th loop work 8 ch., and cross to each loop with 6 ch., working 2 d.c. in each.
Work two more rows, then into the 3rd row, to form the edge, crochet 3 d.c, 6 ch., 3 d.c.
Each fan is made separately, but in the last row of the second fan catch on the previous one, so that the three are linked together. The groups of three tabs can each be joined together, if desired. The design shows them left loose.
In the 6 ch. in the entire centre of middle fan of front of collar work 9 loops of 16 ch. as before, and cross to each loop with 6 ch., working 2 d.c. in each. Continue to work backwards and forwards, making one space less in each row, until there is only one space left, into which work a fan of the ordinary design.
Where the fans at the sides of the centre group are joined together make 6 ch., and form a leaf and fan the same as those completed.
The edging for the upper part of collar is crocheted in the same way as that for the lower part, excepting that it is kept straight, and the drawing together of clusters is omitted.
A final and effective edging is added to this by crocheting 3 d.c, 6 ch., 3 d.c into each space down the side of edging where the spaces are the largest. In the smaller spaces work 3 d.c only.
As will be seen in the photograph, the edging should be arranged so that the side with the 3 d.c comes at each side of the butterfly.
A muslin stock collar trimmed with fine crochet edging. The butterfly can be made separately and used as a motif or neck finish
Crochet 20 ch., and join into a circle. Into the circle make 9 loops of 16 ch. each. Down the side of the 9th loop crochet 8 ch., slip-stitch on to end of 9th loop, then do