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Pattern 48 - Cathedral spiders

Picture of lace

Pattern:
   Pattern of lace

Bobbins: 14 pairs

Style: Torchon

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

Details:
   cloth stitch triangle (red)
   half stitch triangle (blue)
   Torchon ground (grey)
   upper 12 legged cathedral spider (green)
   12 legged spider (yellow)
   lower 12 legged cathedral spider (cyan)
   footside without passives (grey)

Description:

Follow the links above for explanation of how to work the different parts of the lace. There is a stitch of Torchon ground in the middle of the hearts, and between them, at the edge.

This pattern is intended to demonstrate different types of spider. The top two are cathedral spiders - upper ones, worked above the pin. Then there is a conventional spider. The bottom top spiders are also cathedral spiders - but lower ones, worked below the pin. See if you can spot the difference! Perhaps if they were worked more carefully, they might be better. It's hard to tighten cathedral spiders, as the top (or bottom) legs are not close to the pin, so cannot be tightened against it.

I have started and finished the lace with a couple of rows of cloth stitch, taking one edge pair as workers, and working it across all other pairs, and back again. This gives a neat and strong end.