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Pattern 281 - Chartres maze (gimp)

Picture of lace

This is a reproduction of a Chartres unicursal maze (maze without branches). Click here for more maze patterns. Click here for more on mazes.

   Pattern of lace

Bobbins: 19 pairs and 11 gimps

Style: Torchon

   half stitch
   cloth stitch
   cloth stitch and twist
   gimp (pink)
   slip knot

   Torchon ground (grey)
   rose ground (green)
   cloth footside (grey)
   circular mat
   how to finish


Follow the links above for explanation of how to work the different parts of the lace.

Pattern of lace

The start is along a diagonal (although it looks horizontal above!), so one pair starts at each pin, and two at the edge. Above, I have marked the position of the false pins. I have also marked the starting gimps.

Click here for how to finish an edge.

This pattern uses gimps to show the paths of the maze. This needs a lot of gimps! There is also a lot of starting and finishing gimps. Click here for a description of gimps, including starting and finishing. The diagram below shows where the gimps have to start and finish. Most of the gimps can be hung as pairs. One gimp at the start is alone, and so must be hung using a skip knot.

Pattern of lace

I advise that you start where the maze starts, to avoid having to overlap the gimps at start and finish (as I did in the photo!)

This pattern has rose ground in the middle because the maze in Chartres cathedral has a flower in the centre.