How to make a Hairpin Lace Loom

    by Frankie Smith

    About the Author

    Frankie Smith brings over 12 years of experience in health care to her positions as a mental health clinician, policy analyst and director in Aboriginal health. Her writing experience has primarily been in the area of strategic planning and policy development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg.


    Hairpin lace was a popular style during the Victorian era. It is a crochet technique that is considered easy to learn after you have mastered the art of crocheting. Hairpin lace is created using a hairpin lace loom and a crochet hook. This crocheting technique is appealing to many as it produces results quickly. Hairpin lace looms can be purchased at your local craft store or made simply and inexpensively with a few items.

    Things You'll Need

    • 2 double ended knitting needles (thin, #4 or #5)
    • 2 1/2-inch dowels, 4 1/2 inches long
    • Drill
    • Vice

    Select a drill bit as the same size as your selected knitting needles. If the hole is too large the needles will not stay in place in the loom.

    Place the first dowel in the wood vice and tighten it so that the dowel cannot move or turn.

    Measure a half inch from the end of the dowel and drill a hole through the dowel on each end.

    Make your loom more versatile by placing additional holes, equally spaced, closer together. This will allow you to use the same loom for different patterns.

    Remove the first dowel from the vice and set aside. Place the second dowel in the vice and drill matching holes in the second dowel.

    Insert your double-ended knitting needles into the holes in the dowels, placing a dowel on either end of the needles.