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Pattern 160 - Celtic knot using trails

Picture of lace

This is one of a series of experiments I did in designing Celtic knots.

Pattern 160 and pattern 161 are variations on a theme.

Pattern:
   Pattern of lace

Bobbins: 16 pairs

Style: Tape lace

Stitches:
   cloth stitch
   plait (grey)

Details:
   solid cloth stitch (red)
   chevron pointing upwards (red)
   chevron pointing downwards (red)
   trail (red)

Description:

Follow the links above for explanation of how to work the different parts of the lace. There are diagonals at the start, so I have marked false pins.

This pattern uses trails for the Celtic knot strand. Four pairs of bobbins are used for each strand of the Celtic knot. One pair is the worker pair (and so needs a lot more thread wound on). The strands cross, of course. Originally I planned to combine the threads with the crossing trail on one side, while losing them at the other, but this didn't work. So instead the bobbins of one strand work across all of the bobbins of the other strand. The legs are plaited with a pin at begin and end of each leg, to persuade it to go in the right place. I worked the two pairs of one leg across the other four pairs (of the other strand), then brought the worker pair back to do two rows between the legs, then work the other two pairs of the other leg across.