Romanian macrame, also known as Romanian point lace, originated in Transylvania, Romania. It is the art of crocheting elaborate braids that you can baste onto fabric according to the pattern guidelines. Points of the braids touch other points, forming an enclosed area that you can fill in with decorative stitches. When complete, you remove the fabric and the starch the stitching. Quality Romanian macrame begins with a crocheted braid you can use for a complete point lace or that can stand alone as a bracelet or other design element.
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Things you need
- Crochet hook
- Crochet string or thin yarn
Form a slip knot on your crochet hook. To being a slip knot, first loop four inches of string over the hook from left to right, leaving the working end attached to the skein. Cross the working end over the loose end and under the hook. Bring the loose end over the working end. Move the loose end up and over the hook from left to right. You now have two loops. Hook the front loop and pull it through the rear loop, dropping the rear loop off the end of the hook. Tighten your slip knot by pulling both ends.
Work two chain stitches. To achieve a chain stitch, first loop the working end of the yarn over your hook. Grab the new loop with your hook and pull it through the other loop on the hook, dropping the old loop from the crochet hook. This is one chain stitch. Repeat one time.
Skip the nearest chain stitch and insert the hook into the second chain stitch from the hook. Yarn over by wrapping the yarn over the crochet hook from right to left when facing the hooked end of the crochet hook. Pull the loop through the first chain stitch, removing the chain stitch from the hook. You now have two loops on your hook.
Yarn over again, but this time reverse directions, looping the yarn over the hook from left to right. Pull the new loop through both loops on the crochet hook. You now have one loop on your hook.
Turn the cord and locate the horizontal bar. Insert the hook under the bar. Repeat the yarn over processes of steps 3 and 4, remembering to reverse the direction of the second yarn over.
Repeat step 5. From this point on, you will be inserting the hook under two horizontal bars before performing the yarn over process.
Continue until you have reached the length you need for your point lace project, Romanian macrame bracelet or other use.
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