will consist of 26 strips of 300 loops
LEARNING TO MAKE HAIRPIN LACE:
All Graphics appear before the explanatory text.
Make a slip knot near the end of the yarn and place the loop on the
left upright. Leave a 10 inch starting tail.
Yarn goes from the loop on the left upright, in front of the
loom, to the right, around behind the right side of the loom to the
ball on your left. Mark the right side of the loom. This will help
in counting loops later.
- Hold loom in left hand.
- Insert hook into slip knot loop and center the loop between the
uprights of the loom. Wrap yarn around left hand in normal manner.
- Insert hook under the top strand of the loop on the left
upright, pull a loop of supply yarn through the loop. YO,
and work one single crochet to the left of, but next to, the slip
Make the single crochet very tight. You are not making soft fabric,
you are fastening loops together.
- Center the hook in an upward position parallel to the sides of
the loom, with the hook pointing down, pass the back of the hook
through the loom, and turn the loom one half-turn counterclockwise
(like turning pages in a book), wrapping yarn around in back of
Bring hook into position to the front of the loom, insert hook
into front loop (under top strand) to the left of center stitch,
YO, and work one single crochet.
- Two single crochet (and 2 loops) -one to each side of center-
makes one stitch. Continue working until desired number of stitches
(loops) are made. The loom will hold 300 loops of worsted yarn
-very crowded. If more loops are needed, remove all but 4 from the
bottom of the loom.
The first half of the stitch is done with the marked side of the
loom to the left; the second half of the stitch is done with the
marked side of the loom to the right.
- Fasten off by cutting the yarn and pulling the end through the
last stitch. Leave a 12 inch long tail for finishing the joining
(and identifying the finish end of the strip.)
JOINING -OR LINKING- THE STRIPS:
- The supply yarn is always behind the loom and to your
- The loom is always turned counterclockwise and the hook is
passed through the loom so it will be in front of the loom for the
- The stitches are always under the top strand of the loop to the
left of center.
- TWO OPTIONAL HINTS:
- Cutting the hook to about 4 1/2 inches will make the work go
faster and a lot easier for the last 75 loops.
- Use medium sized safety pins to mark every 25 or 50 loops
(a 7 mm hook will make this
After several strips are finished, link them together. You get to
see the project take shape, and the strips don't get tangled or
- Line up the first 2 strips to be joined with the starting slip
knot toward you.
- Insert hook through 3 loops on the left strip, then through 3
loops on the right strip.
- Pull the second group of 3 loops through the first 3 loops.
- Pick up the next 3 loops on the left strip and pull these loops
through the 3 loops already on the hook.
- Continue working from side to side until all loops are
- Fasten off the last loops with a single crochet using the
- Place third strip beside the two linked strips. Insert hook
through 3 loops of the left side of the second strip then through 3
loops of the third strip.
- (Hook is inserted through first 3 loops of the even numbered
strips [2, 4, 6])
M=main color, A=contrast color A, B=contrast
M *MABBAM* (repeat * to * 3 more times), end with M. (a total of 26
For small afghan, repeat * to * 2 more times. (20 strips)
Cut strands 12 inches long.
Each tassel fringe consists of 1 strand of each color fastened
around center knot of end loop of each strip then split 3/3 and
knotted with adjoining split fringe.
2 Color Afghan
Only changes to the Materials/Methods lists will be included
here. All other techniques remain the same.
6 balls Main Color (7 if variegated yarn is used)
5 ball of Contrast A
Finished afghan will have 27 strips of 300 stitches each.
Finished size: 40 inches by 60 inches.
Set loom to 4 inches for Main Color and make 13 strips.
Set loom to 2 inches for Contrast A and make 14 strips.
Joining the strips:
- Wide strip on left, narrow strip on the right with starting
slip knot facing you.
- Insert hook through 3 loops on narrow strip then through 3
loops on wide strip.
- Continue linking loops to top of strips-place last 3 linked
loops on stitch holder.
- Add narrow strip to left of joined strips. Insert hook through
3 loops on narrow strip first. Link loops to the top of strip.
Place last 3 linked loops on stitch holder.
- Add wide strip to left of joined strips. Insert hook through 3
loops of last narrow strip. Link loops...
- Continue adding strips alternating wide and narrow. Always
insert hook through loops on narrow strip first.
Finished afghan consists of alternating narrow and wide strips with
a narrow strip on the outside edge.
- Link side loops 2 by 2. The last linking will have 3
- With 2 strands Main Color together, join yarn with slip stitch,
chain 1 single crochet, all in upper right hand corner
- Chain 3
- SC in the joining loops on the stitch holder, *chain 3, SC in
center of wide strip, chain 3, SC in joining loops on stitch
- Repeat from * to * , ending with SC in the linked loops at
upper left corner
- Repeat #2 through #5 across bottom of afghan
- Cut supply yarn into 10 inch long pieces
- Using 4 strands together, fold double, pull loop through chain
3 space, pull ends of fringe yarn through loop
- 2 sets of 4 fringe strands in each chain 3 space, matching
fringe color to strip color
- Continue across top and bottom of afghan
- Weave in all loose ends
4 inch wide strip
- 12 feet of yarn makes 14 stitches
- 75 stitches makes about 18 inches of lace
- 1 strip of 300 stitches takes about 260 feet of yarn
- When linked, 4 inch strip produce 2 inches of finished
- Each strip requires 16 pieces of yarn on each end
- 12 inch length will take 32 feet of yarn for each strip
- 10 inch length will take 27 feet of yarn for each strip
2 inch wide strip
- 12 feet of yarn makes 21 stitches
- 75 stitches makes about 18 inches of lace
- 1 strip of 300 stitches takes about 175 feet of yarn
- When linked, 2 inch strip produce 1 inch of finished width
- Each strip requires 8 pieces of yarn on each end
- 12 inch length will take 16 feet of yarn for each strip
- 10 inch length will take 14 feet of yarn for each strip
Afghan Sizes and number of strips needed:
- 31 x 56 inches -280 stitches each strip
- 10 strips 4 inches wide and 11 strips 2 inches wide, or
- 16 strips 4 inches wide
- 45 x 45 inches -225 stitches each strip
- 14 strips 4 inches wide and 15 strips 2 inches wide, or
- 23 strips 4 inches wide
- 40 x 60 inches -300 stitches each strip
- 13 strips 4 inches wide and 14 strips 2 inches wide, or
- 23 strips 4 inches wide
- 48 x 60 inches -300 stitches each strip
- 15 strips 4 inches wide and 16 strips 2 inches wide, or
- 26 strips 4 inches wide
Now for a short, quick History lesson:
Hairpin lace was popular during the Victorian Era. No one knows for
sure who developed it or where it originated.
The upper class ladies took great delight in showing off their
skill in lace, while, for the working poor, it became a quick,
inexpensive substitute for Italian lace.
Doilies were a popular item for the lace, as were edgings on
pillowcases, tablecloths, and probably any fabric item.
Two samples in thread
are available here with some explanation.
A Hairpin lace Stole
done in sport weight yarn.
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