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How To Fix A Too-Low Neckline With Crochet!

Updated on October 14, 2014
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Get That Dress With The Gaping Neckline Out Of The Closet!

Have you ever bought a beautiful clothing item only to find the neckline is too low and you're sharing more with the world than you'd like? But the dress is too pretty to give up, right? The solution may be as simple as crocheting an inset to cover the gaping area.

I have done this with many items, particularly sundresses, with very good results. Now the pieces are treasured... at least by me! I've also shortened hemlines with crochet edgings.

Maybe you've always wanted to embellish a top or dress with crochet! Now is a great time to start catching those summer sundresses and tops on clearance. You could pick out something inexpensive and turn it into something money couldn't buy!

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What You Will Need

Your choice of crochet thread that coordinates with the clothing item

Crochet hook size 8 or your preferred

How To Fix A Too-Low "V" Neckline

You'll want to start by laying the garment flat and really studying the problem area. The easiest change to make is where a neckline is just too low, and you want to provide some coverage.

Working with the garment right-side-out gives you instant WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get!) So I really suggest doing that.

Attach your crochet thread just to the right of the bottom of the V-neck. Crochet a chain long enough to reach the corresponding point on the other side of the "V" and slip stitch in that point. Key: You want the crocheting to lie very flat so you may need to adjust the amount of chains to achieve that goal.

Ch 1, slip stitch just slightly up on that same left hand side. Now chain the amount required to just reach the right side, and slip stitch there. Ch 1, slip stitch just slightly up on the right side and STOP for a second.


Now you should have enough room to work in a simple pattern. (If you don't yet, keep going with the prior instructions until you do). Let's do a CH 2, SC into center of chain, ch 2, slip stitch on opposite side. Ch 1, slip stitch slightly up on same side. Ch 2, SC in first space. Ch 2, SC in next space. Ch 2, slip stitch in side you're approaching. Ch 1, slip stitch up slightly on same side.

As your work grows, you will begin each row with a ch 2, SC in next space and continue that pattern all the way across. You'll end each row with ch 2, sl st in side you're approaching. Ch 1, then slip stitch up a row on same side and begin next row.

Continue to build your cover-up in this back-and-forth manner, repeating the Pattern row until you've covered the desired area.

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Feel free to mix and match thread colors... just keep them very similar size and thickness.

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