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Lenore English's Snowflake in Tatting and Hairpin Lace

Lenore shares with us that she finds it a bit tricky to combine hairpin lace and tatting. She declares that hairpin can be very deceptive. Where she thought it would be flexible and forgiving and bend when she added tatting around it, she discovered that it remembers its original shape and tries to return to it.

When she adds an outer row of tatting, she measures the length again, calculates the circumference again and estimates the length of one repeat, calculates how many total repeats are needed and then determines how many hairpin loops are gathered into each join.

Whew! But her results are well worth it!

Hairpin Lace and Tatted Motif

Size 20 thread
2 shuttles required for second round
Size 10 crochet hook or size needed for gauge
1" hairpin lace loom

Crochet a length of hairpin lace with 72 loops on each side.
Measured without stretching, this strip should be between 7 and 7 1/2" long.

Tatted Center:

Ring: 6 p 2 p 2 p 6.
*Chain: 3 j(to 4 loops on hairpin strip), 3 j(to 4 loops), 3 j(to 4 loops), 3.
Ring: 6 j(to last p on prev ring) 2 p 2 p 6.
Repeat from * until you have six rings and six chains, no loops left on the hairpin lace strip.
Join the sixth chain to the base of the first ring.
Finish ends.

Fill two shuttles CTM.

**Ring:3 p 3, j(to 3 loops on hairpin strip), 3 p 3.
Chain: 3 p 3 p 3 p 3.
Ring: 3 p 3 p 3 j(to 3 loops), 3 p 3 p 3.
Chain: 3 p 3 p 3 (With the second shuttle make a clover)

Ring 1:3 j(to adj p on chain) 3 p 3 p 3.
Ring 2:3 j(to adj p on prev ring) 3 p 3 p 3 p 3 p 3.
Ring 3:3 j(to adj p on prev ring) 3 p 3 p 3. Continue with same chain.

Chain: 3 j(to adj p on prev ring) 3 p 3.
Ring: 3 p 3 p 3 j(to 3 loops), 3 p 3 p 3.
Chain: 3 p 3 p 3 p 3.
Ring: 3 p 3 j(to 3 loops on hairpin strip), 3 p 3.

Repeat from ** around.

This motif is about 5 1/2" in size 20 thread. You can leave off the clovers on the outer round and join repeated motifs to create a hexagonal mat.

Combining Hairpin Lace and Tatting

When you tat, you leave behind the world of stitch gauge and hook sizes. Almost anything tatted in size 10 thread will work in size 20 or 30 thread. The finished size of the article is changed, but the stitch counts are generally interchangeable.

When hairpin lace is introduced to tatting, you must be aware of stitch size and gauge. Hairpin lace appears stretchy and the loops are flexible, but the center of the strip is crocheted and will try to return to its original size.

Here's the method I used to calculate the length of my hairpin lace.

I selected my center, and made a sample. I measured the radius of my sample, it was about 5/8" wide. Since I planned to make a 1" wide strip, I added 1/2" to my radius. Using the formula 2 * PI * Radius, I can estimate the circumference around my tatted center.

My calculations look like this:

(5/8" + 1/2") * 2 * Pi = 1.125 * 2 * 3.141 = 7.06"

As I made my hairpin lace, I kept an eye on the length, and when it was about 6" long, I counted my loops. I knew I wanted a multiple of 18 (3 joins times 6 chains), and the next multiple was 72 loops. When I got to 72 loops, the strip measured about 7 1/2" without stretching, and that was good enough.

When I finished joining the center to the hairpin lace, I again measured the radius of the motif. It was about 1 5/8". I thought about the lace I wanted to add. I had 72 loops, and wanted to make a six-sided motif. 72 divided by 6 = 12 loops for each repeat of my edging. I decided to have 4 rings with 3 loops gathered to each ring for each side of the hexagon. I made my sample and measured the height from the base of the largest ring to the top of the chain (not the top of the cloverleaf). This height increases the circumference, so I added it to the radius of my motif.

My calculations look like this:

(1 5/8" + 1/2") * 2 * Pi = 2.125 * 2 * 3.141 = 13.34"

I measured my sample along the tops of the chains for one repeat, and that was 2 1/2". 2.5" * 6 = 15". Since I'm not going to join the rings in this round, there should be enough flex for the edge to fit around the outside without rippling or bunching up.

Nobody taught me how to do this, I developed this by trial and error. I made at least 3 little bunched-up 'Barbie' doll hats before I sat down and thought about why this wasn't working. If you can see an easier way, please let me know.

Lenore English copyright November 3, 2000

Questions? Contact Lenore direct at: Lenore English
Additional Tatting and Hairpin lace doilies shared by Lenore:
One shuttle work and Hairpin Lace

Hen and chicks one shuttle work and Hairpin Lace

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