Crochet Lace Guide: An Introduction to 7 Types of Crochet Lace | #Crochet #TipsTuesday

Crochet Lace Guide: An Introduction to 7 Types of Crochet Lace by Underground Crafter with links to patterns and tutorials in broomstick lace, Bruges lace, filet crochet, hairpin lace, Irish crochet lace, pineapple stitch lace, and Tunisian crochet lace,A few weeks ago, I shared four tips to keep you crocheting in the heat of summer, and today, I’m adding another: working with crochet lace.

Summer is the perfect time to explore the many varieties of crochet lace. You can make stunning projects and learn new skills at the same time! In this post, I’ll be talking about seven different types of lace and sharing patterns, tutorials, books, and classes to help you get started.

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Broomstick Lace

Broomstick lace is made using a broomstick handle or large knitting needle and a crochet hook. Get started with my free crochet pattern and tutorial, Quadrilateral: A Broomstick Lace Shawl.

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and step-by-step photo tutorial by Underground Crafter.
Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and step-by-step photo tutorial by Underground Crafter.

You can take your broomstick lace to the next level in the Craftsy class, Beyond Basic Broomstick Lace, or with Donna Wolfe’s book, Broomstick Lace Crochet: A New Look at a Vintage Stitch with 20 Stylish Designs.

To learn more about broomstick lace, check out these posts:

Bruges Lace

Bruges lace, or Bruges crochet, mimics a style of lacework made famous in the Belgian city of Bruges. Learn Bruges Lace by Ellen Gormley is a great resource, or you can take her online class, Learn to Crochet Lace: Hairpin, Broomstick, and Bruges.

You may also enjoy the Bruges Lace Napkin Ring, a free crochet pattern by StitchesNScraps.

Bruges Lace Napkin Ring by StitchesNScrapsFilet Crochet

Filet crochet is a beginner-friendly type of lace using double crochet and chain stitches to form mesh. Filet crochet can be used to create simple or intricate designs. More intricate patterns are usually charted. If you’re new to filet crochet, use Kim Guzman’s tutorials to get started.

Crochet Lace Guide: An Introduction to 7 Types of Crochet Lace by Underground Crafter with links to patterns and tutorials in broomstick lace, Bruges lace, filet crochet, hairpin lace, Irish crochet lace, pineapple stitch lace, and Tunisian crochet lace,Or, try these four free filet crochet patterns! Clockwise from upper left corner:

Hairpin Lace

Hairpin lace is a technique where you create loops using a tool sometimes called a hairpin lace loom. This method takes a bit of getting used to since you have to hold an extra item in your hands, but it’s surprisingly simple once you get started. You can learn more about hairpin lace and find links to four free tutorials for beginners in this post, or in this tutorial by Celeste (Shellie) Dunn on AllFreeCrochet.

My favorite hairpin lace tool is the one made by Clover. I shared a detailed review here.

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A project on my Clover Hair Pin Lace Tool.

Irish Crochet Lace

Irish crochet lace was developed in the mid-1800s as an inexpensive alternative to Venetian lacework. It was taught by nuns to women throughout Ireland as a form of economic development.

So, what characterizes Irish crochet lace? Typically, motifs are crocheted and then joined on a mesh or lacy background.

The Mayapple Flower Square is one of my most popular free crochet patterns. The center flower is inspired by the traditional Irish crochet rose.

Mayapple Flower 6" Square, free #crochet pattern by Marie Segares @ucrafterIf you’re new to Irish crochet, my favorite resource is The Go-To Book of Irish Crochet Motifs by Kathryn White. (You can read my review here.)

If you’re ready to try an Irish lace garment, you may enjoy Myra Wood’s Learn Irish Freeform Crochet class on Craftsy.

Pineapple Stitch Lace

The pineapple stitch is a common vintage lace motif with many variations. It’s one of my personal favorite forms of crochet lace. I have several free crochet patterns featuring pineapple stitches including…

Picnic Basket Shawl, free #crochet pattern by Marie Segares in 4 parts with video #tutorial. Available at http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/picnic2015
Picnic Basket Shawl, a free crochet pattern that includes helpful video tutorials.
500 pix Pineapples for Everyone free pattern
Pineapples for Everyone Shawl, a free crochet pattern with helpful progress photos.
Tweedy Pineapples Scarf, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter
Tweedy Pineapples Scarf, a free crochet pattern.

I guess it isn’t really a form of lace, but rather a stitch pattern variation. But it’s a very fun way of playing with lace stitches!

Classic Crochet Openwork
Pineapple stitches are just one type of crochet lace in Jennifer Hansen’s Classic Crochet Openwork class on Craftsy. The class also covers filet crochet, Irish and Bruges lace, hairpin lace, and Solomon’s knot.

Tunisian Crochet Lace

While some people associate Tunisian crochet with a bulkier fabric, it can actually be used to make beautiful lace. If you’re new to Tunisian crochet, it’s a method using a specialized crochet hook with a stopper on the end because loops are left on the hook for the first part, or “forward” pass, of each row. These loops are then worked off in the second part, or “return pass” of each row.

Kim Guzman has done a lot of work to popularize Tunisian crochet lace. You can take her online Tunisian Cables & Lace class, and sometimes find her wonderful (but out-of-print) book, Learn to Do Tunisian Lace Stitches, used on Amazon. Although it isn’t lace-specific, you can find many lacy stitches in her Tunisian Crochet Stitch Guide, too.

What’s your favorite form of crochet lace?

 

 

Free double-ended Tunisian crochet pattern: Skinny Minny Scarf

Skinny Minny Scarf, free double-ended Tunisian crochet pattern and tutorial by Underground CrafterDouble-ended crochet is one of my favorite hidden secrets of crochet. It’s much easier to do than it seems and it creates fabulous reversible projects.



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If you’ve never done double-ended crochet before, the Skinny Minny Scarf is the perfect pattern to try it on.

Skinny Minny Scarf, free double-ended Tunisian crochet pattern and tutorial by Underground CrafterI used two different weights of yarn – Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable, a medium weight yarn, and Red Heart Grande, a super bulky weight yarn. I love the way this turned out! It’s a great accent scarf to wear year round.

If you’re new to double-ended crochet, I’ve included a video tutorial after the pattern.

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Skinny Minny Scarf

Double-Ended Tunisian Crochet Pattern

by Underground Crafter

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This long and skinny accent scarf adds some color to your outfit with the added benefit of providing protection against the wind.

Finished Size

  • Adult. 3.5” (9 cm) wide x 59.5” (151 cm) long.

Materials

  • Red Heart Grande (76% acrylic/22% wool, 5.29 oz/150 g/46 yd/42 m) – 1 skein in Nectar (CA), or approximately 46 yd (42 m) in any super bulky weight yarn.
  • Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable (100% acrylic, 3.5 oz/100 g/280 yd/256 m) – 1 skein in Springtime (CB), or approximately 56 yd (51 m) in any medium weight yarn.
  • US Size Q/16 mm double-ended crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

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Gauge

  • 8 sts in pattern = 3.5” (9 cm) wide. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • ea – each
  • rep – repeat
  • sk – skip
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • Tss – Tunisian simple st – Insert hook under next vertical bar, yo and draw up loop onto hook.
  • * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.

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Pattern Note

  • Always sk first vertical bar (below first loop on hook) at beginning of row.
  • A video tutorial is available at the end of this pattern.

Pattern Instructions

Scarf

  • With CA, ch 8.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, *insert hook in next ch, yo and pull up a loop; rep from * across. (8 sts)
  • Row 2: Slide loops to other hook, turn. With CB, ch 1, *yo and draw through 2 loops; rep from * across.
  • Row 3: Tss in ea vertical bar across.
  • Row 4: Slide loops to other hook, turn. With CA, ch 1, *yo and draw through 2 loops; rep from * across.
  • Row 5: Rep Row 3.
  • Rep Rows 2-5 until scarf measures approximately 58” (147 cm) long, or until 45” (114 cm) of CA remain, or until desired length is reached, ending after Row 4.
  • Final Row: With CA, *insert hook under next vertical bar as for Tss, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through both loops on hook; rep from * across. Fasten off.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
© 2016 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2016/05/25/free-double-ended-tunisian-crochet-pattern-skinny-minny-scarf. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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#FlashbackFriday Crochet Link Blast #32: Rainbows

Roundup: 15 free crochet patterns featuring rainbow colors, curated by Underground Crafter On Fridays, I share a link blast on G+, Twitter and Facebook to get you excited about crocheting all weekend! In keeping with the #FlashbackFriday meme, I’m sharing patterns that were first released last year.

It’s been rainy lately here in New York City, so I’ve been looking for rainbows to brighten things up! This roundup includes 15 free crochet patterns in rainbow colors to add some cheer on those dreary days.

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Roundup: 15 free crochet patterns featuring rainbow colors, curated by Underground CrafterDiagonal Rainbows Baby Blanket (photo 8), free crochet pattern by @ucrafter (that’s me!): This blanket is a perfect shower gift or as a throw to brighten up any room. The pattern uses 6 colors of Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Baby.

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Diagonal Rainbows Baby Blanket, free #crochet pattern by @ucrafterRainbow Crop Top (photo 4), free crochet pattern by @lavenderchair: This fun and flirty top pattern is available in two sizes.

Rainbow Bag, free crochet pattern by Oran Dreamsinger: This stunning bag includes tutorial pictures and tips for lining with fabric.

Rainbow Spiral Scarf-let (photo 2), free crochet pattern by @CalleighsClips: This scarf-let is a great stashbuster and fits children and adults.

ILC 300x250b April 2016Midnight Rainbow Phone Cover (photo 9), free crochet pattern by @Myhobbyiscroche: This pattern includes several photo tutorials.

Rainbow Shawl, free crochet pattern by @shala_beads: This lovely triangular shawl includes short fringe for detail.

Rainbow Runner Tote Bag (photo 6), free crochet pattern by @mooglyblog: This bag in Red Heart Crème de la Crème yarn is perfect for shopping.

Skylark in Wonderland (photo 3), free crochet pattern by @Jessie_AtHome: This stunning shawl will liven up any outfit.

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Rainbow Raindrops Cushion, free crochet pattern by Attic24: The pattern for this envelope-style pillow includes helpful progress photos.

Rainbow Hook and Pencil Cup (photo 1), free crochet pattern by @fiberflux: This cheery project in Red Heart Super Saver yarn is a great way to organize your crochet hooks.

Rainbow Burst Reversible Granny Square (photo 10), free crochet pattern by @BeaRyanDesigns: This beautiful 12” granny square uses vibrant Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn colors.

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Twist and Turn Bargello Afghan, free crochet pattern by Wrapped with Love by Michelle: This quilt-style blanket is made with granny squares.

Children’s Rainbow Purse (photo 7), free crochet pattern by @OombawkaDesign: This small project in Bernat Handicrafter yarn is a great way to explore Tunisian crochet for the first time.

Cheerfully Easy Rainbow Scarf (photo 5), free crochet pattern by @CrochetChiq: This pattern in Red Heart Super Saver yarn includes both child and adult sizes.

Ombre Rainbow Blanket, free crochet pattern by @jessyhanley: This stroller-sized blanket uses 10 colors.

If you enjoyed this burst of color, here are some more of my free crochet patterns you may enjoy!

Rainbow After the Storm Shawlette, free #crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter in Bonita Yarns Kaleidoscopic.Checkerboard in Primary Colors Blanket, free #crochet pattern in 6 sizes by Underground CrafterQuick, Fast in a Hurry Cowl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter