crocheted with steel hooks, aluminum hooks, wood hooks, and long
Tunisian hooks into the edge of fabric and around metals bangles. But
did you know you can crochet with a loom? I look forward to the in-depth
technique articles and accompanying projects in each new issue of Interweave Crochet. The Spring 2012 issue was no exception with its detailed exploration of crochet hairpin lace. Interweave Crochet's Assistant Editor Sharon Zientara joins us to look at this fascinating technique. - Toni
|Lattice Tank by Natasha Robarge
Hairpin lace is a
technique that uses a simple loom and a crochet hook to make a series of
loops into a long lace strip. During the Victorian era, this lacemaking
technique was very popular with women who couldn't afford the more
expensive bobbin lace.
|Abracadabra Bag by Teresa Alvarez
In the Spring 2012 issue of Interweave Crochet,
we explore different ways to use the technique of hairpin lace crochet.
If you're new to hairpin, there is the Abracadabra Bag by Teresa
Alvarez (at right) and the Yin Tank by Beth Nielsen. For the more
experienced (or the very brave),
the issue features two garments made entirely in hairpin crochet, the
Enigma Tunic by hairpin diva Jen Hansen and the Lattice Tank by Natasha
Robarge (at left).
Do you find your
interest piqued by this beautiful, intricate technique? With just a few
basic skills, you will be ready to tackle all the hairpin garments in
the Spring issue and, perhaps, create some designs of your own. For some basics on hairpin crochet, try Kristin Omdahl's simple shawl
which includes helpful illustrations to get you started making the basic strip.
Once you have mastered the strip-making technique, here are a couple of simple methods to add a decorative edge your strips.
Single Crochet Edge
This simple, easy to master technique leaves a
clean edge on a hairpin strip. You can use the same yarn in a different color
to add some pizzazz to an accessory or garment.