Ribbonwinners Tatting Patterns & Shuttles by
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Jane Moody's Bruges Crochet & Tatting Patterns

Sample #1

Sample #2

Sample #3


Bruges Crochet is a technique that dates back at least until the early 1900's --- I'm not a lace historian, just a life-long pattern collector. There are patterns in my collection of this vintage that are made with Bruges Crochet, a rather simple technique of combining a simple, flexible crocheted braid into interesting shapes. In crochet patterns, the braid is usually done first and manipulated into shape by following rows.

The patterns I have worked up combining tatting with Bruges Crochet have been done in two different ways: My first attempt was to crochet the braid first, and then add the tatting. Then I worked the tatting first and added a Bruges Crochet braid as a second row. Working the tatting first I found easier. The braid, characterized by the chain-5 loops on either side, can be varied. The more traditional 'look' is the one done with all double-crochet stitches. But a braid made with crocheted shells (3ds, ch2, 3dc [shell made], ch5, turn, - repeated for the length required, shell into shell of previous) is an interesting alternative. the traditional braid is 3 or 4dc, ch5, turn for the desired length.

The samples pictured were made with #10 thread and a #7 crochet hook.

SAMPLE #1 (3 rows)

Crochet a Traditional Braid (see above), with 20 CH5 loops on either side of the braid, joining ends together either by sewing or a crocheted slipstitch (ss).

Outer Row:

*R 6 + (join to any Bruges loop) 6 RW
CH 6
R 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2
CH 6 RW*
Repeat * to * around and finish off ends.


R 6 + (join to any inner Bruges loop) 6 RW
CH 5 - 5
#R 6 + (skip a Bruges loop and join to the next Bruges loop) 6 RW
CH 5 - 5 RW#
Repeat # to # around and finish off ends.

SAMPLE #2 and #3

The tatting in these samples (#2 and #3) is identical. Only the Bruges Crochet surrounds are different -- the more traditional dc braid forms the outer row of one while the shell braid (described above) frames the other.

Center: Wind two shuttles CTM

(R 5 - 5 - 5 - 5) 5x, R 5 + 5 / 5 + 5

Row 1:

Split ring 3 - 3 / 3 - 3
*CH 4 - 4 RW
R 3 - 3 - 3 - 3 RW
CH 4 - 4 RW
R 3 - 3 + (join to next picot of center) 3 - 3 RW*
Repeat * to * around.

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