A lovely childhood friend asked me to make her a curtain. I don’t think I’ve ever crocheted a curtain before, but I thought the look was easy enough, asked her if I could use a thicker cotton (the picture looked to have been done with thread and I just can’t handle thread with my hands right now), and set out to work on the pattern.
I had no other information on the stitch pattern aside from the screen shot she sent me. I couldn’t find a diagram and honestly had no idea where to start looking. What I came up with is quite a bit different from the photo she saw, but the overall look is the same.
The stitch ended up working up pretty quickly and easily. And despite my apprehension as to how it would turn out, I ended up very pleased with the result. When she sent me a picture of the finished curtain in her kitchen window I knew she had made a great call!
I hope you enjoy the pattern!!
Window Pane Valence
by Regina S Graham
Lily Sugar n Cream cotton yarn (or comparable size 4, worsted weight), 500 yards (I used about half of one 400g cone as I didn’t want to cut and rejoin yarn)
This pattern is written for a standard size curtain rod—rod pocket measures 3 inches tall. Valence is 52” wide and 21” long, including pompom border at bottom.
To change width, adjust beginning chain to multiples of 5, plus 2.
To change length, add or take away rows as desired. Remember to allow 1 inch for pompom border and 3 inches for rod pocket.
Cluster: YO, insert hook into desired stitch, YO and draw up loop, YO and draw through first 2 loops on hook (now have 2 loops on hook), YO, insert hook into same stitch, YO and draw up loop, YO and draw through first 2 loops on hook (now have 3 loops on hook), YO, insert hook into same stitch, YO and draw up loop, YO and draw through first 2 loops on hook (now have 4 loops on hook), YO and draw through all 4 loops, cluster made
Row 1: 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook (turning ch and dc counts as 2 dc), 1 dc in each of next 3 ch, *ch 5, sk 5 sts, 1 dc in each of next 5 chs*, repeat * to end (175)
Row 2: ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), turn, 1 dc in each of next 4 sts, *ch 5, sk 5 sts, 1 dc in each of next 5 sts*, repeat * to end (175)
Row 3: ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 2), turn, sk next st, 1 dc in next st, *ch 2, 1 dc in each of next 5 chs, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, 1 dc in next st*, repeat * to end (175)
Row 4: repeat row 3
Rows 5-23: continue pattern by repeating row 2 twice, then row 3 twice to desired length
Do not cut yarn
Row 1: ch 1, turn, 1 sc in same st, 1 sc in each st across (175)
Rows 2-24: repeat row 1 (175)
Note: If you need a larger rod pocket continue repeating row 1 until desired length. Example, for a 3 inch rod pocket you’ll need to single crochet rows until length is 6 inches. For a 5 inch rod pocket, you will single crochet rows until length is 10 inches.
To close rod pocket, fold row 24 over to row 1 and sew together.
Cut yarn, finish off ends
Reattach yarn to either corner of row 1.
Row 1: ch 1, 1 sc in same st, 1 sc in each st across (175)
Row 2: ch 1, turn, 1 sc in same st, *ch 6, 1 cluster in 3rd ch from hook, ch 31 cluster in 3rd ch from hook, sl st to same ch as 1st cluster, ch 4, sk 3 sts, 1 sc in each of next 2 sts*, repeat * across
Cut yarn, finish off ends
^^finished panel after I had spritzed it with water and smoothed it flat
*Note: this pattern has not been tested aside from my own repeated working of the rows. If you find any errors, please let me know and I will correct them ASAP. If you have any questions, please contact me by commenting below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org