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Pattern 471 - Moon

Picture of lace

The points of this moon are a weakness (and they've flipped over when I was scanning it!) But it would work better if sewn or stuck to a background.

   Pattern of lace

Bobbins: 16 pairs

Style: Tape lace

   half stitch
   twist single pair

   half stitch strip (blue)


Follow the links above for explanation of how to work the different parts of the lace. You start at the pink line.

This pattern is just strips of half stitch, joined by twisted pairs, and bent round into a moon shape. However, the pairs joining the strips need a little thought.

In the centre, where all strips are being worked, there are 3 pairs belonging to each strip, plus a pair joining from each side (except the edge strips, of course, where they only join from one side). So each row uses 5 pairs, 4 passives and a worker pair, with one pair joining from one side before the row, and another pair leaving the other side after the row. You have to work one row for one strip, and then move onto the next strip and do one row there, and so on, gradually working across the whole width of the lace. Then return the other way. To stop getting confused, I marked the worker pair in each strip by putting a headed pin between its bobbins.

Starting and finishing also has its own challenges. You start at the point, and work the tip. Then two pairs have to leave that strip, and are worked as a plait (for extra strength) to get into the next strip, and so on. These two pairs going from one strip to another explains why there are a lot of pairs starting at the tip, but only one at the shortest strip. When starting a strip, you need to work back and forwards until a pair comes in from the side, then you can build up a regular rhythm of picking up and dropping pairs. If you find that you need one more, or less, pinhole to get the workers in the right place at the right time, then add a hole, or ignore one! The end of the lace behaves similarly.

You may find a better way to start and finish the lace. This pattern has some gaping holes near the start and finish.