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Hexagons surrounding snowflake ground

Binche Hexagons surrounding snowflake ground
Cloth Hexagons surrounding snowflakes on left, half stitch Hexagons surrounding snowflakes on right

This is a Binche ground or open part of lace. One unit of Hexagons surrounding snowflake ground is a Hexagons surrounding snowflake, which takes 6 pairs for the snowflake, plus extra pairs for the hexagons. It is worked on a hexagonal grid, like Bucks Point. The bodies of the snowflakes can be worked in either cloth stitch or half stitch (see above). See pattern 306.

Hexagons surrounding snowflake ground pattern
Pattern (left). I prefer marking in where the pairs go (right).

Working: Work out how to do a single unit before attempting this ground! Click here to see how to do it. There are two types, cloth stitch and half stitch, so work out which you're doing.

In this ground, the snowflakes are surrounded by hexagons.

One oddity of this ground (if you're a Torchon lacemaker!) is that two pairs join any surrounding solid clothwork at each pin. (Normally we would just expect a single pair at a pin.) This "two pairs at a pin" is a diagnostic feature of Binche lace.

Binche lace is made in Belgium (or Flanders). Snowflakes are a feature of Binche lace, and there are several different types. I am not giving a comprensive account of all snowflakes.