5 meter lace
By Kenn van Dieren
|The original pattern was designed as a simple edging to do for the 5 meter
lace club that the Canadian Lace Guild has. So I needed something that would
work up quickly and yet give a look of complicity to it. I discovered while
working it that simple changes in color would create different effects. By
changing the color of the workers for the fan edge, the fans become that color.
There is an interweaving pattern that can also have a color change for effect.
And the mini trails can be made to stand out by working a different color thread
with the two passives needed to start the trail. By making an additional twist
at the top of the pin the two colored threads combine and work the trail. At the
end of the trail an additional twist splits the two colored threads so that
the passives are used as one colored thread and one white thread in the
remainder of the pattern. While a dark color would stand out, I found using
a bright yellow still disappears in the ground while standing out when
combined in the trail. And of course, the two passives in the foot side can
be colored as well for accent.
The pattern measures 2-1/4" across worked in Gutermann silk
5-Metre Club lace pattern
39 pair bobbins - Gütermann silk
1 pr weaver for fan color, 8 pr zig zag "gimp" color, 28 pr in base color,
2 pr @ J in footside
pr = pair of bobbins
C = cross
T = twist
LH = left hand
RH = right hand
WS = whole stitch
|For a straight edge start ﾐ
Place weaver pair on pin A, place 5 pr base color on temporary pin B,
WS weaver through 4 pr. Place 1 pr of "gimp" color on each of the 4 pins
located between B and C and place 3 pr base color on C. CTC from C
through "gimps", adding an additional twist on base thread between each
pr of "gimps". WS at D with weaver and thread from C at D. WS weaver
back through the top prs, twist 3 and pin. Go to 2nd pr at C, CTC from C
through "gimps", adding an additional twist on base thread between each pr
Next using base color place 6 pr at pin E. WS LH pr through remaining prs.
Twist each pr 3 times. WS 1st pr from E with 3rd pr from C. Place 2 pr on pin F.
Repeat at pin G the sequence of pin E. Place 3 pr at pin H. Place 1 pr of
"gimp" color on each of the 4 pins located between H and I and place 3 pr
base color on I.
Footside - Place 2 pr on pin J. WS the 2 RH threads from I through the 2 pr
at J and pin between the 2nd pr in from side. Place an additional twist on
the outside pr. Take the 2nd pr in from side and WS back through the 2 pr
from J and set aside.
|Now you can start working the center spiders and "gimps". Do NOT work beyond
where the "gimp" travels from A to the footside. In order to make the turn for the
"gimps" you will need to use the inner corner pin to hold 2 pr. Using the last 2 pr
that pass through the "gimp" and the pr to the right, WS the RH pr through the other
2 pr, pin and WS back again. You will also have to do this on the opposing side where
the turn also happens.
|The other place that 2 pr are used on one side of a pin is the center of the
alternating fan. I generally work the WS on the corner of the fan to hold the
work in place prior to doing the fan. When you finish the first half of the fan,
work the weaver down to the center. The center point will have a finished
stitch there already. Unlace the stitch back to where the pin is open, WS the
weavers through the 2 pr, pin, twist 2 times, and WS back through the 2 pr.
To finish off the lace, work until you are at the bottom of a fan on one side and at the "gimp" turn on the other. Use the outside pr from the footside as your weaver and WS straight across the pattern. At this point you will have 1/2 of a spider made in two places as well. When the other side is reached, pin and WS back to the footside. Now you can tie off the prs and trim close to the knots.
Different effects can be achieved in the pattern by simply changing the weaver or "gimp" thread color. As long as the base color remains white or a light color, the fan weaver will dictate the fan color. Also by trading one pr of the 2nd spider threads you can highlight the mini trails that appear in the pattern. Just make certain that you use a base color and a highlight color as a pr coming out of the beginning spider at G. These should be the 5th and 6th leg of the spider. Then when you reach the beginning of the mini trail do CTCT + C with inside colored thread, pin, and CTCT. You should now have 2 colored weavers for the mini trail. An additional C at the end of the trail prior to pining should separated the colors again. While the threads do travel through the spider, they are fairly well hidden if the color is not a great contrast to the base color.
- twist sequence in pattern
| - pattern in yellow and white
- pattern in white
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