How to make a Hairpin Lace Loom

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How to make a Hairpin Lace Loom
Once you have learnt to crochet successfully, try using a hairpin loom. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Hairpin lace was a popular style during the Victorian era. It is a crochet technique that is considered easy to learn after you have mastered the art of crocheting. Hairpin lace is created using a hairpin lace loom and a crochet hook. This crocheting technique is appealing to many as it produces results quickly. Hairpin lace looms can be purchased at your local craft store or made simply and inexpensively with a few items.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 2 double ended knitting needles (thin, #4 or #5)
  • 2 - 4 1/2 - inch dowel rods
  • 4 rubber bands
  • Drill
  • Vice

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Select a drill bit to match the size of your selected knitting needles.

  2. 2

    Place the first dowel in the wood vice and tighten it so that the dowel cannot move or turn.

  3. 3

    Measure a half inch in from the end of the dowel and drill your first hole. Repeat on the other side.

  4. 4

    Make your loom more versatile by placing additional holes, equally spaced, closer together. This will allow you to use the same loom for different patterns.

  5. 5

    Remove the first dowel from the vice and set aside. Place the second dowel in the vice and drill matching holes in the second dowel.

  6. 6

    Place your double-ended knitting needles into the holes that you have created in the dowels, placing a dowel on either end of the needles.

  7. 7

    Secure your dowels to each knitting needle by wrapping a rubber band at the joint, wrapping first around the top of the needle and then the dowel. Repeat at all four corners so the crossbars do not move as you use them.

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