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Pattern 298 - Spiders, cloth and half stitch

Picture of lace

Pattern:
   Pattern of lace

Bobbins: 22 pairs

Style: Torchon

Stitches:
   half stitch
   cloth stitch
   cloth stitch and twist
   half stitch and twist
   twist pair

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

Description:

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.