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Pattern 285 - Cretan maze (gimp)

Picture of lace

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

   Pattern of lace

Bobbins: 12 pairs and 8 gimps

Style: Torchon

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

   Torchon ground (grey)
   twisted footside (grey)


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

After doing pattern 284, I wanted to try a different way of doing a Cretan maze. This is just a strip, which makes starting and finishing easier, but means more bobbins! It shows the paths of the maze rather than the walls.

The first row of the lace starts at the top left, with one pair working across all others using cloth stitch and twist. It ends up on the right, where it then joins the rest as part of the Torchon ground or twisted footside. The passive pair in the footside is also worked across every pair (except the edge pairs). These first two rows frame the lace. There are a similar two rows at the end.