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Hole for ribbon

If you are making a wedding garter, you may need to have holes within the lace to thread a ribbon through. See pattern 84.

Hole for ribbon

This is similar to a Winkie pin cloth footside except it is in the middle of the lace rather than at the edge!

The left pair of workers (pale blue) comes from the lace (in this example, a ground), and works across the passives in cloth stitch. The right pair of workers does the same. They must both be twisted several times, for extra strength. Then the two pairs are worked in a cloth stitch and twist, pin, cloth stitch and twist (a double Torchon ground stitch). They are both twisted again several times, then work back across the passives in cloth stitch to return to the lace. Since the two sides of the hole meet in the central stitch, you need to do both sides at the same time.

The next time the worker pair leaves the lace, it crosses the passives but goes no further. Instead, it is twisted a couple of times, the pin put in, and the pair immediately crosses the passives again to return to the lace. This happens on both sides. So alternately, the worker pairs meet in the centre with a stitch, and then do not meet in the centre. You do not want the pairs to meet every time, or you won't get a big enough hole! Interestingly enough, the times they don't, there is a little blip on the edge which helps to keep the ribbon in place. I don't know if this is intentional, or whether it just happens!

It is possible to make the hole bigger by adjusting the pattern so the two halves are sider apart. I suggest that you twist the worker pairs even more times, to compensate for the extra distance they must travel by themselves. You will need a bigger hole for a bigger ribbon. You would need to redraw the pattern. If you do this, I suggest you work a bit to see how it looks.

When you thread the ribbon, you will find that the stitches representing meetings of the worker pairs in the middle go alternately in front or, or behind, the ribbon.

This has two cloth passives either side of the ribbon. You could use twisted passives instead, or use different numbers of passives.