After making an Edwardian chemise with crochet yoke, I always wanted to crochet an Edwardian crochet lace yoke from scratch! 😀 To make the yoke I followed a 1910s free crochet pattern. I used unravelled cotton yarn and threaded turquoise silk ribbon through the finished yoke. I love how the Edwardian crochet lace yoke turned out!
Edwardian Free Crochet Yoke Pattern
To make my Edwardian crochet lace yoke, I followed an antique crochet pattern from the 1910s. You can find the free crochet yoke pattern here. However, I adapted the pattern slightly because my cotton crochet yarn was slightly thicker than the yarn used in the pattern.
By the way, I was so surprised when I even found an antique Edwardian chemise with the same crocheted lace yoke like the crochet pattern! 😀
Unravelled Cotton Crochet Yarn
In the Edwardian era, crochet yokes were usually made with non-mercerized cotton yarn. Mercerized cotton yarn is shiny, whereas non-mercerized cotton yarn is matte. However, because I couldn’t find non-mercerized cotton crochet yarn that was fine enough for the crochet pattern, I unravelled a leftover scrap of a vintage cotton crochet tablecloth! 😀 The crochet tablecloth scrap was leftover from my tablecloth-turned-skirt. I don’t like to throw away fabric scraps and the unravelled yarn was perfect for this Edwardian crochet yoke! It’s a thin, non-shiny, off-white pure cotton crochet yarn.
Pintucked Batiste Camisole
I used thin white cotton batiste for my Edwardian camisole. I had just a small piece left from another Edwardian sewing project: it was just enough for this camisole – yay!
My Edwardian crochet yoke camisole has pintucks at the back as embellishment and to keep the back flat. And it has a drawstring at the waist to create the fashionable Edwardian pouter pigeon shape.
‘Where there is extra material to be taken care of at the waist line in corset covers or night-gowns, it should be taken up with small tucks, or in gathers, set into a band. In either case, this will give a dainty appearance.’ (Clothing For Women: Selection, Design, Construction, 1916).
How To Attach The Crochet Yoke To The Camisole
In the Edwardian era, lace yokes were either attached to the top of the camisole with a rolled hem or faux rolled hem by hand or with finishing braid (cotton tape or bias binding) by machine.
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Handwork was preferred for fine lace yokes in the 1900s even though it takes longer: But the join is so much finer! Therefore I attached my crochet lace yoke to the raw fabric edge with a rolled hem by hand. The rolled hem attaches the yoke and finishes the raw fabric edges at the same time. Also, the join between yoke and fabric is almost invisible with a rolled hem! 😀 And for a fashionable Edwardian pouter pigeon shape, I gathered the front of the corset cover with whip stitches before I attached the crochet lace yoke.
Turquoise Silk Ribbon
Edwardian lace yokes often had silk ribbon threaded through the lace. I used turquoise 100% silk ribbon to embellish my Edwardian crochet lace yoke similar to this antique Edwardian crochet lace yoke with turquoise silk ribbon.