Crochet Technique: Hairpin Lace – Part IIBy Corinne Munger – 13 Comments
|As promised, here is the continuation for Crochet Technique: Hairpin Lace – Part 1. In this post, I will show you, through pictures, how to achieve this fascinating lace. I’ve learned a lot this last week trying to accomplish the little sample to the right. It turns out, this is one of those crafts that takes a special kind of patience – but the only way you can get this lace. Is it worth it? Let’s find out….|
Before beginning, there is something very important you must incorporate into your piece. Since you are dealing with a large amount of “twisted” loops, you will need to keep them from tangling with each other once your item is removed from the forks. In order to do this, you will need to run a piece of yarn (preferably in a contrasting color) down the sides of each fork. I started by tying a length of yarn the approximate size of my finished piece to the top of the fork – as pictured:
A much more advanced user of this technique doesn’t necessarily need to do this, but I would recommend doing this if you’re just starting out!
As you make your lace, the side yarn will automatically be woven inside the loops, keeping them straight – should you decide to attach them later
Using your loom, you begin with a simple slip knot. The loop is then placed over the left fork and placed so that the knot is in the center. This is where all the crocheting will take place, in the center. The yarn is crossed over the right fork and then brought to the back in order to make the first stitch.
You will insert your hook into the loop ON THE LEFT SIDE ALWAYS, FROM THE BOTTOM GOING UP, you then grab the yarn that you wrapped towards the back and will make a single crochet.
After the single crochet is made, you will turn your hook 1/2 turn counter clockwise and “flip” the hook so that it is now in the back of your work. THIS IS A CRITICAL STEP IN THE WHOLE PROCESS. If the hook is not turned, you will not be able to crochet……
See how the hook is now in the BACK of the work?
You will now turn the whole loom from left to right, holding the yarn in your hand so that it wraps around the right fork again. Now the crochet hook will be in the front of the work, your yarn will be wrapped around towards the back and you can make your second and all other subsequent stitches. It will resemble something like this:
After crocheting all the loops you need for your project (I am currently making a scarf which requires 335 loops on EACH SIDE – 670 total), you will end your lace by inserting the end of the yarn through the last single crochet made (just as you normally end in crochet). Remove your work from the forks being careful not to remove the yarn running through your loops! Here is a completed sample:
I urge you to find a video online of this technique to help explain this, as just taking still pictures of this cannot capture the motion. Here’s a video from Stitch Diva Studios that I enjoyed watching:
You can then take your finished piece to complete a multitude of projects. You can finish the edges by crocheting the loops with crochet stitches of your choice. On the bottom of this sample you’ll see the edge crocheted in single crochet. On the top, I learned how to twist and pull loops to create the “X”.
The instructions to do this are long and cannot be incorporated into this tutorial but can be found with an internet search. As I am still learning this involved but rewarding technique, I’m not qualified to lead you in this endeavor but hopefully, you’ll find this technique interesting enough to explore more on your own!
Here are a couple of examples I found on the internet of some really great work, which tells me I have a LONG way to go! Ha ha ha! ENJOY!
Do you make hairpin lace? Do you have any suggestions for our readers?