How to Crochet a Wedding Veil

by Joy Prescott ; Updated September 28, 2017

Wedding veils began to symbolize modesty in the 19th century.

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Items you will need

  • Crochet hook
  • Fine crochet thread

The beautiful open stitches of threadwork crochet lace are perfect for making a one-of-a-kind wedding veil. Whether you choose the extremely challenging but lovely Irish crochet lace or the simpler Irish netting, a crocheted wedding veil could become a family heirloom to be passed down through the generations. Just remember to allow plenty of time before the wedding, especially if crocheting a long veil. Although rewarding, crocheting with fine thread can be time-consuming.

Step 1

Choose the style and length for the veil. The wedding veil styles that are most appropriate for crocheting include the birdcage, the center-gathered tier veil, and the standard top-gathered. The birdcage is very short with no folds or gathers at the crown, the center-gathered is a circle folded in half, and the top-gathered is a “U” shape.

Step 2

Decide how you want the veil to attach to your hair. For example, you can attach your veil with a hair comb, headband, or tiara. Keep in mind that crocheted fabric is heavier than the tulle typically used for veils. A longer crocheted veil might be too heavy to be held on with just a comb.

Step 3

Choose the material you want to crochet the veil from. Most likely you will need to use a fine crochet thread, size 20 or even finer, in cotton or silk.

Step 4

Decide on the crochet stitch for the main veil fabric. There are a wide variety of openwork lace stitches that would make for beautiful wedding veils. Look in a stitch encyclopedia for ideas. Also consider very open and lacy doily patterns for circular veils.

Step 5

Decide on any edgings and embellishments. For example, you could add a scalloped edging and crochet roses to adorn a headband.

Step 6

Crochet the main veil fabric, the edging, and the embellishments.

Step 7

Attach the veil to the headpiece. Consider using bridal loops or hook and loop fastener if you want to remove the veil from the headpiece after the ceremony.

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About the Author

Joy Prescott has over 12 years experience as a technical writer. Since 1980 she has been a professional crochet pattern designer, publishing in many crochet magazines including "Crochet!" and "Crochet World," and in books such as "Today’s Crochet: Sweaters from the Crochet Guild of America." Prescott has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.