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Instructions For Making Hairpin Lace Crochet

Lyn Brown


There are many different ways to make Hairpin Lace.  There are no rights or wrongs, if it works for you, then its right!!


There are numerous different types of Hairpin Lace Looms/Forks. They all achieve the same thing (in fact with a little imagination you can make a loom using things around your house. 


Clover 3104 Hairpin Lace frame Homemade Hairpin Lace loom Glue StickHomemade Hairpin Lace LoomHairpin Lace Loom 1Hairpin Lace ForkHairpin Lace Product



The one on the right was made from two 120 degree hot glue stick with parallel holes drilled in them and two bamboo skewers):





This is how I do it -


If you use one of the “u” shaped looms you may work with it either with the opening to the top or the bottom.  It is just personal preference.


Hairpin Lace instruction 11.      Start by making a long slip knot. Put over the left prong of your pin, fork or loom (referred to as fork from now on).



Hairpin Lace Instruction 22.      Wrap the yarn so it goes from the front to the back of the fork round the right hand tine. The yarn is now at the back of the fork; hold the yarn in your left hand.



Hairpin Lace Instruction 33.      Putting the hook through the two loops at the left of the fork, catch yarn and draw it back through the loop and chain 1.




Hairpin Lace Instruction 44.      Remove the crochet hook while holding chain 1 loop.  Move crochet hoo to back of fork and reinsert into chain 1 loop.  Then turn the fork over bring right side toward you and the yarn will loop around the fork (this sounds a lot more complicated than really is - you are simply turning the fork and moving the hook in such a way that it doesn't catch!).


Hairpin Lace Instruction 55.      Make a chain stitch and then insert the hook between the top two loops on the left and make a single crochet.




Hairpin Lace Instruction 6 6.      Keep turning the work, making a chain stitch followed by a SC. A rhythm will soon form and this will become a smooth action. To fasten off simply draw the cut end of the yarn through the stitch as you would with normal crochet.


7.      When your fork is full, if you want to continue to make the strip longer you may remove the beginning loops from the fork and continue working.  The method of doing this will vary depending on which type of loom or fork you are using.  With the “u” shaped fork if you are using it with the open end up you will have to remove all of the loops and replace the last 3-4 loops on the fork to continue.  With the adjustable looms you can simply remove the bottom of the frame and release as many loops as you need to and replace the frame and continue working.  If you are using the “u” shaped fork with the open end down, you can just allow the beginning loops to slide off of the bottom of the fork.


8.      There are many ways of joining your strips, some people run a row of single crochet up the edge, joining the two strips, or use a more fancy stitch.


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The methods for joining your hairpin lace strips are limited only by your imagination.  Listed below are some of the most common joins:




Slip Stitch

With a crochet hook and extra yarn held underneath the work, join the strips by inserting hook into one loop from left and one loop from right strip. Slip stitch them together by catching yarn on hook and drawing it throug the three loops.



This method requires no extra yarn. Insert the crochet hook into one, two or three loops of one strip, then into the same number of loops of the other strip. Draw the second group through the first. Continue along the length of the strips.


Chain Stitch

With a crochet hook and extra yarn, pick up two loops from one strip and work a single crochet stitch in the space. Chain 2, pick up two loops from the other strip and work a single crochet in the space, chain 2. Repeat


9.                Once you have joined your strips you may add a finishing edge to the outside strips.  Another variation is to add your preferred edging to each strip and then join them using a slip stitch or other fancier connecting stitch.


Hairpin Lace-Finishing Edges


Single Crochet Stitch

A single crochet stitch along the edge is the simplest way to finish the outside loops of a strip. To do this, make a loop on the hook with a separate length of yarn. Work a single crochet stitch into each loop along the length of the strip.

Group the Loops

To group the loops, pick up several loops, keeping the twist in them. Work a single crochet stitch in the center space of the group of loops. Make a chain between groups of loops that has one stitch less than the number of loops you picked up.


Picot Edge

To make a picot edging, work a single crochet stitch into first two loops held together. Chain 4, work a single crochet stitch into thrid chain from hook, chain 2, work a single crochet stitch into next two loops held together. Repeat from the chain


The technique above can be modified and varied in a multitude of ways (limited only by your imagination) ---Try including two single crochets each time to give a more substantial braid - or perhaps include a Double Crochet.