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Crown headside

Crown headside
Crown headside, with footside to the right. See pattern 15.

A crown is a common English Midland headside. A headside is a non-straight edge of lace. There is other lace to the right. The crown is made of plaits. These are often called legs, braids or brides. This type of leg should not be confused with the leg of a spider.

crown pattern
Pattern representation of a crown

Patterns draw lines to show where the plaits go, because the directions are vital, and quite complex. Indicating picots is more of a problem. Traditional patterns leave them out - either look at the photo of the lace, or assume that any plait meeting a pin which is not a join must be a picot!

This diagram avoids the complexities of the individual stitches by showing each plait of threads (using 4 bobbins) as a single line.

Bobbin lace crown

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Working: Remember that a thick line above is a plait, with 2 pairs, or 4 bobbins. Where one line crosses another, you should work it in a lazy join. Where a plait meets a pin by itself, work it in a picot. Where a plait meets a pair from the rest of the lace, work them in a join - 2 pair + 1 pair.

Crown plaits

The plaits move in a specific direction, and once you figure it out, it helps you work the pattern. The diagram above shows this. There is one plait which makes a flattish curve near the footside, and repeats this for each unit of the crown. The other two plaits take turns either making the point, or the wider curve. You can also see how the crown headside attaches itself to the rest of the lace (grey).

The Dutch for this is Kroontjes.