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Winkie pin plaited footside

plaited footsides
Winkie pin plaited footside next to Torchon ground. See pattern 77.

I may have invented this! It is worked similarly to a winkie pin cloth footside, but the passives are plaited between each stitch. A winkie pin footside means that instead of swapping worker and edge pair, the worker pair is worked through the passives, twisted, round the pin, then worked straight back across the passives to re-enter the lace. Usually, its disadvantages is that it is not as strong as a conventional footside, but plaiting the passives makes it stronger.

This is a plaited winkie pin footside. The diagram shows two passive pairs. You need two, and only two, pairs for a plait, so this footside cannot vary the number of passives.

Pattern for plaited footside
Footside pattern

Traditionally, the pattern for a footside is a simple line of pinholes down the edge of the lace. The passives themselves are not marked. You can see that the pattern does not show you what type of footside it is. I find this rather confusing, so in my patterns, I mark the workers and the passives.

This diagram shows each thread as a line. The stitches used in this footside are cloth stitch, twist single pair and plait. The details of each stitch are not shown in detail below - follow the links in the previous sentence if you are not familiar with them.

plaited footside

Repeat Step Back

Working: For two passives, you have three pairs. The right two pairs are the passives, and the left pair, coming in from the lace, is the worker pair. There is no edge pair.

You work the left pair from the lace across the passive pairs in cloth stitch. Twist the worker pair once or twice (according to preference - see below). Now you place the footside pin between the worker pair and the passives. Then work the worker pair back through both passive pairs, again in cloth stitch. Twist the worker pair before it returns to the rest of the lace. Work the two passive pairs in half stitch several times, as a plait, until near the next pin down.

This plait gives a strong and bold left line to the lace. I feel that it would probably be better to twist the worker pair only once at the pin, to avoid detracting from this effect. The plait should be strong enough to sew onto fabric, if you chose. Two twists at the pin would give a little loop instead, and you may prefer this effect. It's up to you!