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Pattern 8 - Torchon sampler

Picture of lace

This is quite a complicated pattern, but it only uses 12 pairs (or 24 bobbins). If you are a complete beginner, it might be better to start with a simpler pattern. But if you are getting bored with simple patterns, then you might like to try this.

Pattern: Pattern of lace
Pattern of lace

Bobbins: 12 pairs

Style: Torchon

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

Details:
   cloth stitch diamond (red)
   cloth stitch fan (red)
   rose ground (green)
   Torchon ground (grey)
   8 legged spider (yellow)
   triangular ground (blue)
   16 legged spider (yellow)

Description:

There are a lot of different parts to this sampler! But take it one element at a time. You could leave out some parts if you want, or replace them with something else. But it will give you practice in the different details of Torchon lace, plus a sampler to keep as a reference for the future.

The start is on a slope, so there are starting pins. Use them to hang the bobbins on, work the pairs into the lace, then remove the starting pins and tug the bobbins to make a neat start.

We start with a diamond with 5 pins on each side. This brings in most of the bobbins to the lace. The last pairs (one each side) join at the top of the cloth fan headsides. The rest of the pairs for the headsides come out of the bottom of the diamond. You need to work the fans on each side before you are continue with the middle - this will happen all down the sampler. Remember to twist all pairs as they leave the fans, before working the patterns in the middle of the lace!

The top pattern is four units of rose ground (green). These are arranged in an attractive cross, which is common in Torchon. Don't forget the cross-overs at the start and finish, as well as between the units!

After two more fans, there is a small 8 legged spider (yellow). This does not fill the area, so there is a framework of Torchon ground (grey) round it.

Next are four units of triangular ground, pointing left. Triangles are an odd shape. They fit each other, but not always the lace round them. So pairs on the left leave the fan and join the triangles as required.

The middle pattern is a big 16 legged spider. This does fill the space. Remember to tighten the threads at the middle pin of the spider, and also when working the fan headsides below the spider.

The patterns below the large spider repeat the top in reverse order, except the triangles now point right rather than left.

We finish with a final diamond. The photo shows a tie-off of reef knots rather than overhand knors, but you can do either.

Picture of lace
Close up of the lace, so you can see the working in more detail