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Simple snowflake ground

Binche simple snowflake ground
Cloth stitch snowflakes on left, half stitch snowflakes on right

Simple snowflake ground is a Binche ground or open part of lace. One unit of simple snowflake ground is a simple snowflake, which takes 6 pairs. It is worked on a hexagonal grid, like Bucks Point. See pattern 304.

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

Working: Work out how a simple snowflake works before attempting this ground! Click here to see how to do a simple snowflake. There are two types (see the photo above), so work out which you're doing.

In a snowflake, the central two pairs travel straight downwards, with a stitch at a pin above and below the body of each snowflake. These central two pairs attach the snowflake to the snowflake immediately above and below. They are green in the pattern above.

The other pairs (yellow) travel diagonally, either left or right, and attach the snowflake to the snowflakes on each side (above or below). The individual pairs are twisted between the snowflakes. There are two pairs travelling together from left to right diagonally between the snowflakes and these lie side by side. A pin is placed between them, but there is no stitch between them until they meet the body of the next snowflake. These pins are just to guide the structure of the ground. Similarly for the pairs from right to left, of course. The body of the snowflake is made of cloth stitch or half stitch. See simple snowflake for detailed instructions.

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. However, for this simple snowflake ground it does lead to slight awkwardness for the central vertical pairs, as they both have to leave the clothwork together, then take a sharp corner at the first pin! See photo above.

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.