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Pattern 146 - Ladybird and aphids

Picture of lace

Pattern:
   Pattern of lace

Bobbins: 22 pairs

Style: Torchon

Stitches:
   half stitch
   cloth stitch
   cloth stitch and twist
   twist single pair (grey)

Details:
   solid cloth stitch (red)
   solid half stitch (blue)
   vertical and horizontal edge (red)
   Torchon ground (grey)
   dots (green)
   Winkie pin twisted footside (grey)
   chevron pointing upwards
   chevron pointing downwards

Description:

Follow the links above for explanation of how to work the different parts of the lace. Twist pairs as they leave the solid cloth stitch.

The passives of the footsides (which is a Winkie pin twisted footside) are started in the middle, at the top, and worked across other pairs to right and left in cloth stitch and twist until they get to their right place. The opposite happens at the finish.

The 'aphids' are dots. This is a ground which I think I invented. Here, they are not really a ground, as they are spaced out with Torchon ground in between.

The head of the ladybird is half stitch. The pins help shape it, but I suggest you read about horizontal edges for the start and end. The pins between the head and the body are perhaps not necessary, but these large solid shapes are often difficult to work evenly, so some pins to make sure that the pairs are where you want them helps.

The body of the ladybird is cloth stitch. It is a 2 spot ladybird, and these are represented by holes. These are made by (very small) chevrons, pointing down and pointing up. There needs to be two pairs of workers to work either side of the holes. In fact, it is even more complicated! The middle white line (the edge of the ladybird's wing cases) is there to show that each half of the body is worked separately, each with its own worker pair (so round the holes, there are in fact 4 pairs of workers...) The two halves of the body have to be worked side by side, as every couple of rows, the workers from either side need to be worked round one of the central pins.

I was asked why the only insect I did were were butterflies. A challenge! Here is a ladybird (ladybug) with a few aphids. Ladybirds eat aphids.... In fact, I have also done some bees, in pattern 69.