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Pattern 13 - Honeycomb

Picture of lace

This pattern introduces honeycomb, an attractive Bucks Point ground.

Pattern:
   Pattern of lace

Bobbins: 12 pairs + 1 gimp

Style: Bucks Point

Stitches:
   half stitch and twist
   twist
   cloth stitch
   cloth stitch and twist
   picot
   gimp (red)
   slip knot

Details:
   cloth footside (grey)
   Bucks Point net (grey)
   honeycomb (blue)
   picots and passives headside (grey)

Description:

The Bucks Point net is the same as the previous pattern. This has both the traditional Bucks Point headside (see previous pattern) and footside (see pattern before).

This pattern uses 1 gimp. Unlike the previous pattern, the gimp is hung from a pin at the start, and continues until the end. So how you you 'hang' a single bobbin for the gimp? Use a slip knot.

The remaining element is honeycomb - the pattern with big holes inside the gimp. Click here for how to do honeycomb, which includes an animation, that you can repeat, or step through. There are a couple of problems with honeycomb. Honeycomb can be confusing, but the pattern shows where the threads go, so make sure that your threads follow the lines.

You might find a problem with the central point of the honeycomb. It looks like a triangle, and so you would think that you could work all the Bucks Point net above the honeycomb, then all of the honeycomb itself, and then the net below. You can't! There is one pair of threads from the honeycomb, half way through, which needs to cross the gimp, do a Bucks Point net stitch, and then return back to the honeycomb. (When I say "one pair", of course Bucks Point net muddles up the bobbin pairs, so it won't be an identical pair which leaves the honeycomb and returns. But a pair leaves, and a pair rejoins.) It is common for pairs to wander in and out of honeycomb, and it is easy to get tripped up by this. The other side, by the headside, does it continually. But this is more obvious than the net side.

This single Bucks Point net stitch outside the gimp, half way through, can cause another problem. When doing the honeycomb inside the gimp, you get used to the rhythm of doing that type of stitch. When you have to switch to the single Bucks Point net stitch, outside the gimp, you can get carried away and carry on doing a honeycomb stitch. If you look at the photo below, you may be able to spot that I did this in one place!

Picture of lace
Close up of the lace, so you can see the working in more detail