Hairpin Lace Instructions
Making Hairpin Lace Crochet
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.
The one on the right was
made from two 120 degree hot glue stick with parallel holes drilled in them and two bamboo
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.
1. 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).
2. 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.
the hook through the two loops at the left of the fork, catch yarn and draw it back through the loop and chain
4. 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
5. Make a chain stitch and then
insert the hook between the top two loops on the left and make a single crochet.
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
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
The methods for joining
your hairpin lace strips are limited only by your imagination. Listed
below are some of the most common joins:
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.