Instructions for Irish Crochet Lace for Beginners

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    by Elizabeth Hamel

    About the Author

    A recent transplant from Boston to Los Angeles, Elizabeth has been writing craft features since early 2010. However, her first love is fiction: she has contributed to "Stork Magazine" and "Gangsters in Concrete" and published her first collection of short stories in 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in writing, literature and publishing from Emerson College.

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    Irish lace is some of the most beautiful and intricate crochet work. The technique was created during the Irish potato famine, when the Ursuline nuns taught the girls and women on the barren farms to crochet a delicate cloth from their rough material. They sold the lace to the upper class, who became known as "Lace Curtain Irish." Despite how difficult it looks as a whole, Irish lace is made from many very simple designs. Begin your Irish lace crocheting with this simple scarf.

    Things You'll Need

    • Worsted weight yarn
    • Size K-10.5 crochet hook
    • Size I-9 crochet hook

    Chain 29 stitches using the larger hook and two strands of yarn.
    Secure a slipknot on the hook. Wrap the string around the hook and pull it through the loop of the slip knot. You have just chained one. Repeat this 28 times.

    Create Row 1: Double crochet, chain 3, double crochet, all in the 6th chain from the hook. *Skip the next 3 chains, then double crochet, chain 3, double crochet in the next chain. Repeat from * pattern 4 times. Skip the next 2 chains. Double crochet in the last chain.

    Create Row 2: Chain two and turn. Do 3 single crochet in the space where you chained 3 on the last row. *Single crochet in the space between the next 2 double crochet. Do 3 single crochet in the next chain 3 space. Repeat from * 4 more times. Single crochet in the top of the turning chain.

    Create Row 3: Chain 3 and turn. Skip the first 2 single crochets. Double crochet, chain 3, double crochet in the next single chain. *Skip the next 3 single crochets. Double crochet, chain 3, double crochet in the next single chain. Repeat from * 4 more times. Double crochet in the chain 2 space of the last row.

    Repeat rows 2 and 3 until your scarf is 57 inches long. End on a row 2. Do not fasten it off.

    Work a Picot Edging: With right side facing, chain 4 (for picot); pivot to work in ends of rows along long edge of scarf, 3 single crochet in end of next row, single crochet in end of next single crochet row, chain 4, *2 single crochet in end of next row, single crochet in end of next single crochet row, chain 4; repeat from * to next corner space, 4 single crochet in corner space; pivot to work along opposite side of foundation chain, single crochet between next 2 double crochet , **3 single crochet in next chain-3 space, single crochet between next 2 double crochet; repeat from ** to next corner, work 4 single crochet in corner space; pivot to work in ends of rows along opposite long edge of scarf, single crochet in end of next row (in chain-2 space at row end), ***chain 4, 2 single crochet in end of next row, single crochet in end of next row; repeat from *** to last double crochet row, 3 single crochet, chain 4 in end of last double crochet row, chain 4, slip stitch in end of last row (in chain-2 space at row end). Fasten off.

    • Single Crochet: Insert the hook through the chain next to your hook. Wrap the yarn around the hook and pull it through the chain. Wrap the yarn again and pull it through both loops.
    • Double Crochet: Wrap the yarn. Insert the hook through the next chain. Wrap the yarn again and pull it through the chain. Wrap the yarn again and pull through two loops. Wrap the yarn again and pull it through the final two loops.
    • Make crochet flowers and leaves to further decorate your scarf.

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