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Pattern 298 - Spiders, cloth and half stitch

Picture of lace

   Pattern of lace

Bobbins: 22 pairs

Style: Torchon

   half stitch
   cloth stitch
   cloth stitch and twist
   half stitch and twist
   twist pair

   twisted footside (grey)
   12 legged spider (pink)
   half stitch spider (blue)
   Torchon ground (grey)


Follow the links above for explanation of how to work the different parts of the lace.

A correspondent asked me how to work a half stitch spider. I had never heard of such a thing! Together we worked something out, which I then found elsewhere as well. So I did this pattern to try it out. The 'normal' spiders (with a body of cloth stitch) are on the outside, with these new half stitch spider in the centre. The half stitch spiders were more distinctive than I thought they would be, so this pattern is quite attractive!

The Torchon ground has an extra twist between each stitch, as I wanted a tighter net. However, you could do conventional twist pair if you prefer.