How to Make Crochet Lace

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How to Make Crochet Lace
Crochet lace in your choice of yarn colour, weight and fibre. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Crocheted lace, popular since Victorian times, uses crochet stitches to create lace pieces. Depending on the stitch chosen and the weight of the thread or yarn, crocheted lace can be as fine as those created using traditional tatting or bobbin making techniques -- or as bold as desired -- and can create bedspreads, doilies, clothing embellishments or accessories. Numerous lace-oriented styles of crochet have emerged, such as fillet crochet, Irish crochet or broomstick lace; however you can create a beautiful lace piece using simple stitches you already know such as single and double crochet.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Yarn or crochet thread
  • Crochet hook, in size slightly larger than usual for yarn or thread
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Chain a multiple of 4 loops. The more you chain, the wider your lace piece will be. Add 1 more chain stitch to the end of your chain.

  2. 2

    Double crochet, chain 1 and then double crochet -- all in 3rd chain from your hook. This combination of stitches done in 1 stitch is called the V stitch.

  3. 3

    Skip 1 chain, single crochet in next chain, skip 1 chain and then V stitch in next chain. Repeat the skip 1, single crochet, skip 1, V stitch to last 2 chain stitches, and then skip 1, single crochet in last chain and then turn your work.

  4. 4

    Chain 4 (this counts as a V stitch), single crochet in the chain stitch of the next V stitch combination, double crochet in next stitch, chain 1. Repeat single crochet in the chain stitch of the next V stitch combination, double crochet in next stitch, chain 1 to end of row. Chain 1 and turn.

  5. 5

    Chain 1, skip the first double crochet and chain, do V stitch combination in next single crochet. Skip the next double crochet and chain, do V stitch combination in next single crochet to end of row. Chain 4 and turn your work.

  6. 6

    Repeat Step 4 and 5 until lace is as long as desired.

  7. 7

    Knot last stitch, weave in ends using the yarn needle and clip excess yarn or thread.

Tips and warnings

  • Gauge is not critical for this project.

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