Homemakery How To: Crochet Around An Embroidery Hoop

How to crochet an embroidery hoop

I confess I have a little bit of a love affair with HoopLa! For those of you not sure what I’m on about Hoopla is quite simply using humble Embroidery Hoops to frame stitching, sewing or other crafty endeavours. What goes inside the hoop is just as important as prettifying the hoop  itself so today I’ve done a quick How To on Crocheting around an embroidery hoop. It looks amazing when its done and its quick project that only takes a couple of hours.


Yarn – I used Rico Essentials Cotton DK in Candy Pink (12)
4mm Crochet Hook
Embroidery Hoop – 7 inch


All Crochet Stitches are UK. If you are new to Crochet I have linked each stitch to a handy diagram over on Learn to Knit

1. Create a slip knot on your crochet hook and slip stitch onto the hoop.

Slip Stitch onto Hoop

2. Double Crochet (DC) into the hoop. To do this put your hook into the hoop, hook the yarn through (from the back to the front). You will now have two strands of yarn on your hook. Yarn over the hook and pull through both strands of yarn. Thats your first DC completed.

Double Crochet onto Hoop

3. DC all around the hoop until the yarn covers the hoop completely.

4. At the end of the hoop turn your hoop around, Chain (CH) 3 and then Treble Crochet (TR) into every other DC in the row below. Note: I did experiment TR into every DC but found that as I had so many DC it created a ripple effect which I didn’t like. Depending on the yarn you are using you might want to TR into each DC rather than every other.

Treble Crochet in every other DC

5. Once you have TR all around the hoop join the last TR to the first CH3 with a slip stitch.

6. To create the scallops skip 1 stitch then TR7, skip 1 stitch and DC. Repeat. Note: if on the previous row you TR into every DC you might want to skip 2 stitches, then TR7, skip 2 stitches and DC.

Slip stitch & scallop

7. When you get to your last couple of scallops its worth double checking the number of stitches left in case a little fudging on your scallops is required. I got lucky with this one and it worked out perfectly!

Crochet around an Embroidery Hoop

Scallop trim on embroidery hoop

And thats how you crochet around an embroidery hoop!

A note on yarn

I used Rico Essentials Cotton DK yarn which is a mercerised yarn. The mercerisation process binds the fibres, strengthening the yarn and gives it a gentle sheen which reminds me of the sheen you get on embroidery thread. Owing to the mercerisation process the yarn is very smooth and the fibres stay together making it perfect for crocheting around an embroidery hoop. Normal cotton or acrylic yarn will give a slightly different effect as there is more give in the fibres and you probably wont have to do quite so many DC on the first round!

I will be back soon to show you what I did with my finished hoop!

Happy Hooking!

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28 thoughts on “Homemakery How To: Crochet Around An Embroidery Hoop

  1. Lily Razz

    Oh it’s so very very pretty! I wast just thinking of something like that this weekend, and here you are with this amazing tuturial! Thank you so much, I’m definitely going to give it a try!

  2. Bekswhoknits

    This is amazingly awesome.

    I can’t wait to see what you do with it because I don’t have enough imagination to figure out how you would use it once you’ve crocheted the edging.

    Still freaking cute

  3. Maritza Calabokis

    ES realmente hermoso este trabajo. Lo haré con sus recomendaciones. Gracias.
    Maritza Calabokis from Venezuela

  4. Rebecca

    Such a delightful way to add just a touch more crochet to my décor. And I too am loving all the embroidery hoops. But some of them are so cheap looking. This is a great way to dress them up. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Ruth Spesshardt

    Hello Kate,
    Thank You for this How-to.. very pretty & I will be doing this for my current cross-stitch project I’m starting this week. I thought you may like to know & add this lil bit of information to your How-to for this project…
    There is a difference between the UK & US type of crochet stitches.. so for your American followers that find this project of yours such as myself are able to get the same results as you have in your photos.
    (UK) double crochet = (US) single crochet .. (UK) treble crochet = (US) double crochet .. slip stitch is the same in both (UK) & (US).

    In Friendship,

    1. Kate Post author

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment Ruth, I’m sure American readers will find that really useful. When I wrote the tutorial I didn’t realise it would be quite as popular as it has been!! In future I will be including both UK and US crochet terms. Kate xx

  7. Julie Quickenden

    This tutorial was just what I needed, am attempting a dream weaver project from a magazine and could not work out how to attach the crochet to the hoop. Thank you for posting this Kate

  8. sylvie

    c’est vraiment magnifique je commence juste à faire du crochet et je vais essayer
    merci beaucoup pour le tuto
    have a good day
    I love your blog

  9. lonnie w

    OMG! this is so perfect. i have been looking for different frames for my photo embellishment/collage projects. i will try this immediately, especially trying different types of yarn, string, fiber, etc. you posted great photos and very understandable instructions. thank you so much for sharing! i’ll be looking for further posts about his project!

  10. Angelica

    Howdy Kate, I’ve reached your site and thisterrificly awesome pattern ( I’ve just fallen in love with it) by chance, jumping from one page to the other, you know how that goes, What you don’t know for sure that I must prepare a hoop for cross stitching, and, of course, I’ll try this beauty of a pattern 😉 Thanks so much for sharing: I’ve already become you fan!!!

  11. Donna

    This will be perfect for what I have planned for my daughter and granddaughter for Christmas. I am going to attach lace to the back side, so they can hang earrings on it. Will be less likely to lose them. Thank you!

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    1. Kate Post author

      Thanks so much for sharing Lenny, it looks fantastic, the perfect way to show off your cross stitch! Kate

  13. Louise White

    My sister in law asked me to make this for her and I’m so glad she did! Your pattern is wonderfully simple (though I wish I’d read about the yarn you used first before diving in and using a very splitty cotton yarn! )
    thank you for sharing 🙂


    1. Kate Post author

      Hi Louise! I’m so pleased you found the tutorial easy to use and I hope your sister in law likes her hoop!

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    1. Kate Post author

      Wow that is absolutely gorgeous, like summer in a hoop! Thank you so much for sharing! Kate xx

  15. Lynn

    Hello, I just discovered you tonight and printed up the beautiful embroidered hoop. The pink is my youngest daughter’s favorite color and I’m going to make this for her. I’m pretty sure my two other daughters & two granddaughters will all want one too. My sister made an earring hoop for me many years ago and that’s what I’ll be doing for them. Thank you for sharing this lovely design for free!
    Another thing I discovered today is this free site for the Printer Friendly function. Simply go to “printfriendly.com” and you can modify patterns to your heart’s content. I love that I can delete what I don’t need, like ads & comments, different bits of information, some of the pictures, etc. Perhaps you could add this to your patterns? My thanks again for the lovely & free pattern.


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