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Flower Looms: The Lace Crochet Join

Loomed flowers joined together with crochet

The lace crochet join is one of the most popular joins for retro style shawls.

Use a large loom and bright colours for the retro look, or a tiny loom with single flowers and fine perle cotton threads to make a 1930's style table cloth or runner.

Joining the yarn to the first flower

For my sample I have used 4" flowers made with dk weight wool (Australian 8 ply weight), with three rounds on each of the flowers.

I'm using a 3mm crochet hook and fingering weight wool for the crochet join. You can use this technique on any size flowers and yarn, just change the hook size to suit your yarn and the number of chain stitches used. The only rule you need to remember is that you should always have an odd number of chain stitches.

Round 1

* Join yarn to the first petal with a slip stitch, chain 9;

The first round of crochet

repeat from * into each of the remaining 11 petals.

Join to the beginning of the round with a slip stitch.

You now have loops of chain stitches between the petals.

Slip stitches at the beginning of the second round

Round 2

The second round begins with some slip stitches to get you to the centre of the chain loop.

Work a slip stitch into the back of each of the first four chain stitches of the previous round.

Beginning the next round of loops

** Work a slip stitch into the chain loop,

Eleven crochet chains

chain 11;

The first loomed flower wih two rounds of crochet

repeat from ** in each chain loop all the way around.

Join with a slip stitch to the slip stitch at the centre of the first chain loop.

Joining the motifs together

Joining motifs

From now on you can join your motifs as you work the second round of the edging.

Work the first round as before and work the instructions that come before ** on the second round.

Joining the first two motifs

Work a slip stitch into the chain loop,

*** Chain 5, slip stitch into a loop on the first flower

Joining the first two motifs

chain 5, slip stitch into the next loop on the second flower;

Joining the first two motifs

repeat from *** once more, working into the next loops on each flower

The first two motifs

Continue working around the flower without joining any more loops as you did for the first flower (chain 11, slip stitch into the next petal)

The points where each flower is joined to the next one

Continue adding flowers in the order of your choice. You'll probably find it easiest to work in rows the first time.

The black dots in the photograph above show where each flower joins to another as you work.


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