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Long open spider

German spider

I found this in a piece of lace and tried to reproduce it. It is odd, not only for being a long hole, but also for being asymmetrical. The lace had some gimp down one side to fill it out. It can go the other way as well (see difference between photo and pattern). See pattern 192.

Pattern for open spider with square hole
Pattern (left). I prefer marking in where the pairs go (right).

I suggest that you are familiar with an ordinary spider before attempting this. I'm not sure I recommend attempting this anyway!

This diagram shows each thread as a line. The stitches used in this spider are twist single pair and cloth stitch. The details of each stitch are not shown in detail below - follow the links in the previous sentence if you are not familiar with them.


Repeat Step Back

Working: First work all lace above the spider, down to and including, the framing pins.

Work out the pairs that will form the spider. This example has 6 pairs. Twist each pair several times.

Work all pairs as if they were the top half of a conventional spider. Put the top pin in the middle.

Take a pair from outside the spider on one side and work it across to the other. You work across pairs in cloth stitch, and twist the workers several times to cross the gaps. Do this until you've completed the 'hole'. The pins are there to guide the sides of the hole.

Put in the bottom hole. Work all threads like the bottom half of a conventional spider.

You will see that there is more space on one side than the other. In pattern 192, this is filled with gimp threads.