Hairpin lace probably isn’t as well known as other kinds of crochet but it is crochet and it is fun….despite it looking complicated….which as I discovered at a recent lesson at Spinners and Weavers a few weeks ago, it is really quite simple.
You can find a lot of free patterns for this technique here.
The basic ingredients are a hairpin lace tool (such as those in the photo below) a crochet hook and some yarn. Simple. One of the ladies in spinners and weavers said her husband made her a hairpin lace tool out of fencing wire when she couldn’t find one the size and length she wanted. You will note that one in the photo has a decidedly curved bottom – it was one Pa made for Grandma out of an old steel knitting needle. Recycling at it’s best.
Mum has a wedding to go to next March and lashed out and bought a new dress the other day. It’s stunning and suits her prefectly but she wants something to drap over her shoulders in case the weather is a bit cool. It’s an outdoor formal wedding at a lake in Bendigo with an indoor reception and who knows what the weather will be doing by March. Inspiration struck when she showed me the dress and I remembered the hairpin lace shawl I had been itching to make but had no real excuse to get carried away.
Now I have an excuse.
For once in my life I spent a bit of time trialling the pattern with four ply cotton just to make sure I could actually do it – and the verdict was I can and it will be fun.
Now to wait for the cotton to arrive so I can begin.