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Bucks Point net

How to do Double Torchon ground

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Working: half stitch and twist, another twist, pin

This can be described as C T T T pin

Bucks Point net is used in Bucks Point. "Point" means lace, so we do not say "Bucks Point lace". "Net" is another word for ground.

The Dutch for this ground is Grond in tuleslag. The French is fond simple and fond clair. Other English terms are simple ground, Lille ground and tulle mesh.

Since only one half stitch is involved, the pairs of bobbins get split up. That means that you cannot check the pairs any more, to see if you have completed a stitch, for example. That is irritating, but if you want Bucks Point net, then you have to put up with it! The twists do not alter whether the pairs stay together.

You can have Bucks Point net with one twist or two. I have described two twists, as this gives a stronger result. It means that while two threads from the two pairs of bobbins zigzag, the other two travel diagonally across the net. This makes it easier to tighten. Pull the outer bobbins downwards, as these hold the diagonal threads.

Bucks Point net

The stitch looks like a small hexagons. There are no holes inside the stitch, as it rests on top of the pin, leaving the pin uncovered. See pattern 12.

Bucks Point is a different grid, with diagonals crossing at 60° and 120° not 90°.

Bucks Point pattern

The net is traditionally marked as simple dots. Sometimes no dots are marked at all, as it is possible to work the net without pins. I prefer marking where the pairs go.

How to do Bucks Point net rows

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In this diagram, each pair of bobbins is a different colour, to show how the threads move.

This shows how one thread of each pair of colours moves diagonally and the other thread moves in a slight zigzag, from one pin to the next. This happens because there were two twists after the half stitch. If you only use one twist, then every thread zigzags.