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Bruges crochet lace

I have recently tried Bruges crochet lace for the first time and I absolutely love it. Although simple, it’s endlessly creative when combined with other crochet techniques. The only limit is your own imagination.

Bruges crochet lace was developed as a method of imitating the appearance of a vintage handmade bobbin lace known as “Bruges lace”. Bruges crochet lace is much less complicated than the traditional vintage bobbin lace making technique.

Traditionally, Bruges crochet lace has been made with white cotton and linen thread, but almost any yarn of any colour can be used. Bruges crochet lace is a really easy technique, even for a beginner. The basic ribbon/tape can be used as a simple edging for many projects; such as garments, linens, shawls, scarves, tablecloths and much more.

You can make a simple piece by joining basic strips, or you can make more complex pieces requiring curved turns and arches.

The basic Bruges crochet lace ribbon/tape is a thin crocheted strip, composed of rows of double crochet stitches which can vary from 3 -5 or more, depending on the width of tape required. Each row is separated by a number of turning chains that stand out in arches, which creates a lacy effect, but are also functional connecting links that give the desired shape. The real beauty and creativity of Bruges crochet lace ribbon/tape comes into its own when you add shape to make the lace turn and curve.

This method of creating lace tape is quite simple but the resulting lace is very beautiful, both alone or when combined with other crochet techniques.


 

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Crochet Flower Motif

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I was given the instructions (which consists entirely of the scrappy diagram below) for this motif by a friend. It was used by her mother to make a beautiful evening jacket. Neither my friend nor her mother knew of it’s origins but thought that it came from a rather old book of crochet patterns.

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The most interesting thing about this motif is that it is worked from the outside in? Most crochet motifs are worked by forming a very small ring in the centre and working out to the edge of the finished motif. This motif starts with a large outer ring of 48 chains, then the inner part of the diagram is worked, and each of the seven chain loops are joined at the centre…

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…to form a small motif.

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The double crochets and picots are then worked around the outer edge to finish the motif.

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The finished motifs are then linked by crocheting together at the picots. This is a huge plus in my book, as I hate sewing motifs together!

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This is a beautiful little motif, which makes a very delicate looking fabric that would be perfect for shawls, stoles, shrugs or anything that would benefit from being worked in light lacy fabric.


 

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Spider Stitch Crochet Wrap – Stole – Shawl

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This gorgeous wrap/shawl/stole is perfect for those not so warm summer evenings. It is light and airy but not too wispy. It has a cottony texture with a subtle sheen, and it’s perfect for those evening walks along the beach. It would also be warm enough for the autumn.

The yarn used for this project was found in my yarn stash; five balls of unidentified yarn in variegated shades of pink, oatmeal and brown. Unfortunately, there was no information on the balls of yarn. I therefore, have no idea of the manufacture or type. It is variegated both in colour and texture. It is a mixture of cotton and man-made fibre, each ball weighs 100 grams, and all five balls were used to make this project.

I chose to use the spider stitch/design….

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There are many variations on the spider stitch/design, but I chose the version shown in the tutorial below, because it is simple and not overly fussy looking.

As usual, I worked a swatch to determine the appropriate hook size and the size of the finished item. I also decided that I preferred the design facing the opposite way to that shown in the video. I therefore worked horizontally across the length of the wrap, instead of vertically as shown in the video.

The design: Worked over multiples of 6 cells plus 1
Wrap measures: 74”x 26” (not blocked)
Yarn Type: Unknown
Needles: 3.50mm crochet hook.

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I did not want elaborate edging or a fringe, so I finished the edges by simply working two single crochet in every chain space, and five single crochet in every corner around the edge.

The finished project looks beautiful, and is equally suitable for a semi-formal or casual occasion. The colour is absolutely fabulous with denim!

 



 
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Posted by on August 24, 2015 in crochet, Shawl, Wrap

 

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