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Pattern 54 - Fireworks

This uses a special type of spider ground which I think I invented. The spiders are arranged round single stitches of Torchon ground. I suggest that you are confident with working spiders before attempting this. There are also variations on the scallops. You can follow these, or keep it simple, as you prefer.

Picture of lace

   Pattern of lace

Bobbins: 16 pairs (2 red, 1 yellow, 13 white)

Style: Torchon

   half stitch
   cloth stitch
   cloth stitch and twist

   8 legged spider (green)
   spider and dot ground (green and grey)
   Torchon ground (grey)
   scallop fan (red, yellow and grey)
   twisted footside (grey)


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

I did this after designing pattern 53, which got into a muddle. This is more regular, and repeats every scallop (apart from the scallops themselves). As far as working the spiders goes, remember to always work the top unworked spider first, otherwise, you might get the legs coming in from the wrong direction.

The start is a point. The top is two red pairs. Each pair is a worker pair through all pairs on that side of the lace, in Torchon ground. That gives a nice red line to the start which frames it. As most of the pairs start on the diagonal, there are false pins. One red pair forms the passive of the footside. The other joins the scallop headside.

The photo shows that I was experimenting with colour, and indeed, trying different effects with scallops. The passives of the scallop are all white, except for the edge pair. For the top scallop, the edge passives are red (they have just come in from the very top of the lace). The yellow pair are the workers. After the first scallop have finished, these two coloured pairs swap over, so the red become the workers and the yellow the passives. This carries on for the next few scallops. Then I got bored! I tried working every stitch in the scallop as cloth stitch rather than cloth stitch and twist. It does look different, but the effect is quite subtle. Then I swapped over the edge pair and the worker pair half way through the scallop rather than between scallops. It can't be done right in the middle, as it has to be done when the workers are at the edge. So the scallop started off with yellow workers, and after the two centre rows, the red become workers. But while the yellow workers were doing cloth stitch and twist, the red workers do cloth stitch. Then the next scallop is reversed, so it starts with red cloth stitch, and turns into yellow cloth stitch and twist. I was trying to make a butterfly. Perhaps... There are two of those, and then for the last scallop, I tried swapping edge and worker colours at every available opportunity. So the last scallop is a bit silly. You do not have to follow all this! But I've described it in case you'd like to try it. It is covered on the fan headside. In fact, the pattern as given is not long enough to try all this. You don't have to use colour at all, of course.

If you're wondering about the title of this pattern, I chose red and yellow, as I think the spiders look a little like sparks, so wanted to give a firework feel (it was the beginning of November, when the British let off their fireworks for Bonfire Night).