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Picots and passives headside

Picots and passives headside
Picots and passives headside. See pattern 13.

A picots and passives headside is a common headside in Bucks Point. A headside is a non-straight edge of lace (although this headside is straighter than most!) There is ground or other lace to the right.

Picots and passives headside pattern
Pattern representation of a Picots and passives headside

Traditionally, the pattern for this headside is a simple line of pinholes down the edge of the lace for the picots. The passives themselves may or may not be marked. I find this rather confusing, so in my patterns, I mark the passives and the worker pair entering from the lace.

This diagram shows 2 pairs of passives. It is possible to have more.

This diagram shows each thread as a line. The stitches used in this footside are cloth stitch, twist single pair and picots. 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.

Picots and passives headside

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Working: A pair will come into the headside from the lace on the right. This is the worker pair. Work it across the passives in cloth stitch, then twist it. Then work a picot round the pin. Picots are a little tricky, so if you have not done them before, study the picot diagrams carefully. A picot ends with twisting the pair (so don't forget this!) Work the worker pair back across the passives, still in cloth stitch and twist the worker pair one last time. It now re-enters the lace.

The diagram shows two units of headside, in order to show that it is not the same worker pair, necessarily, which is used in the headside each time (unlike a fan for example). The worker disappears into the lace, and another worker pair takes its place. I have deliberately fuzzed what the stitch is in the lace, as that would depend on the pattern. In Bucks Point, it is unlikely to be anything as simple as a simple swap over - Bucks Point net will split up the pairs. But I am trying to keep the diagram simple.

This headside is very similar to a winkie pin cloth footside. It is the line of picots along the edge which gives its subtle frilliness.

If this headside is curved, then it becomes a trail headside (with added picots!) Trails are more complicated as there are not the same number of passives throughout. The worker pair may join the headside and become a passive pair for a few rows, or a passive pair become a worker pair, and leave the headside.