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Hairpin Lace Instructions

Thank you  Helen0527@aol.com

  How To Make Hairpin Lace
Materials Needed:
  One crochet hook 


Hairpin Fork or Frame OR: One size 4 or smaller knitting needles

One block of dry florists' foam, size 2" x 2" x 5" long.
(If you are using the foam to make a frame, GENTLY push your knitting needles, about 3" apart and parallel, all the way through the foam until about 5" of the needles are sticking out of the bottom of the foam. This  should look a bit like the "letter H," with the bar a little on the high side.)

Underneath the bar of your frame, loop the yarn all the way around the parallel needles and make a knot in the middle, leaving a 5" tall (just in case you need to sew up later).

Tension your supply of yarn in your left hand. Hold the left bar of the frame with the fingers and thumb of your left hand. With the crochet hook in your  right hand, insert the hook under the front strand of the left-of-center loop. Yarn over (YO) from your supply and pull through. (One loop on hook.) Reaching over the left-of-center loop, YO again and chain 1 stitch. (Still one loop on hook.)

Turn the whole frame sideways, right over left, so your yarn supply creates another wrap around the bars of the frame. Now, HOW THE HECK DO I HANDLE  THE LOOP ON THE HOOK? Either gently slip the hook out of the stitch and then reinsert the hook into the loop from behind the frame before turning, or, (if you have space), flip the hook between the bars of the frame.
* With one loop on the hook, insert the hook under the front strand of the left-of-center loop. Yarn over from your supply and pull through (two loops on hook). Reaching over the left-of-center loop, YO again and pull through both loops on hook. Turn the frame, right over left. * Try to keep your stitches centered in the frame.
Repeat from * to * until you have the length you need. To finish, cut supply yarn 5" long and slip it through your last loop. Pull and tighten.
So what do you do now? As you've worked, you've noticed that your hairpin lace needs to move down on the frame. If you're working long enough, it's worked OFF the frame. That's O.K., it's supposed to do work off the frame.
(If your frame as two bars, you can remove one to work the lace off.)
[SPECIAL TIP FROM OUR OWN KORWYN! As the lace works off the frame, gently collect the loops at the sides on a length of crochet thread that is approximately the length of the finished project you want. This helps keep the loops twisted!]
You'll notice that the loops which were wrapped around the frame are twisted (frame loops). Kinda pretty. Keep that effect when working the next part.
Take a new supply of yarn and, turning your lace sideways, begin to single crochet through each of the frame loops, trying to keep the loops twisted. (I've even given them an extra twist for better effect.) Do this to both groups of frame loops. You can use your lace, right now, as an insertion!
Want a little more, like an edging? O.K., now you can have fun adding additional rows of crochet work to one of your single crocheted frame loops. How about a scalloped edge?
Triple crochet when working on the left-of-center loops.
Work a double braid center by picking up both the front and back of each left-of-center loop.
Just chain the center left-of-center loops.
An open fabric can be made with 2 or more strips of Hairpin Lace, attached side to side.
When single crocheting your frame loops, how about grouping some together?
If you want to work smaller, hairpin forks can be purchased from many lace suppliers (I got mine from Lacis). They are about 1 to 2" wide. (Catalogs are on the database.) Then again, I've recently used ½ of a large paper clip- more like the size of the old hairpins.