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Rose ground edge

Torchon rose ground edge
Rose ground edge. See pattern 30.

Rose ground is a common ground in Torchon lace. If it is near the straight edge of lace, normally it is placed next to a conventional footside, with some Torchon ground stitches to occupy the spare pins. I wondered what would happen if rose ground was placed right next to the edge, and found that it worked. Then I tried a single row of rose ground. Much to my surprise, it produces this attractive border. I think I have invented this! I do not know whether it is a footside (because it is straight) or headside (because it is ornamental).

Rose ground edge pattern
Pattern representation of rose ground edge

I have given my own version of the pattern, with each pair of threads marked as a line. Since this is non-standard, it helps to see what goes where.

This diagram avoids the complexities of the individual stitches by showing each pair of threads as a single line. Where one line crosses another, you should work it in cloth stitch and twist, or half stitch, pin, half stitch.

Bobbin lace rose ground edge

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Working: Click here to see how to do normal rose ground. I advise that you understand that before you try this edge.

The rose ground unit needs four pairs, but there is another pair on each side which get involved. One is the edge pair (although it wanders into the rose ground unit and back again). The other is a pair from the lace. This go into the lace, and probably a different pair returns to the rose ground (it depends on the ground next to the rose ground). I have made these extra pairs grey, and the pairs involved in the rose ground unit itself green.

The grey extra pairs work outwards (the stitches at a pin are all Torchon ground stitches). Give the pair that ends up at the edge an extra twist or two, to strengthen the edge.

You have the four pairs you need, so do the rose ground unit (green). Don't forget the cross-overs!

Now work the two grey pairs at the edge back towards the centre of the rose ground row. You may need to work some lace before you can get a grey pair on the right.

That completes one unit. Repeat this for the entire edge.

The green pairs stay at the edge, so it would be possible to make them a different colour, if you wanted to.