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Pattern 83 - Cartwheels

Picture of lace

This pattern comes from "Encyclopedia of Needlework by TH de Dillmont", a 19C book. The original photo and the pattern are given below. I think it looks like cartwheels!

   Pattern of lace

Bobbins: 11 pairs

Style: English Midland

   cloth stitch
   cloth stitch and twist
   join - 2 pair + 1 pair
   picot (blue)

   double twisted footside (grey)


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

The grey, pale blue and cyan lines are single pairs, so are twisted to get from one pin to another. The yellow, pale red and pink lines are two pairs each, so plaited to get from one pin to another.

Pattern of lace

Here is a diagram showing how to do the headside. One single pair (pale blue) joins the edge of the headside, and becomes a worker pair - going back and forth in cloth stitch. The cyan pair joins this edge just for a couple of rows. The plaits cross over using lazy joins. Other stitches are all cloth stitch. The outer edge starts as a plait, but changes to cloth stitch once the green pair join it. The workers are first the green pair, then the blue pair, then back to the green pair. There are no pins on the inside of the edge, so careful tightening is required - enough to get rid of loops, but not too tight. The pins on the outside are picots, and there are picots to hold the inner edge in place as well.

The green pair works slightly up the pillow, before joining the edge. Both the green and blue pair work from the left of the cartwheel, to the centre, then out to the edge, then back again to the centre, then back to the left. The centre of the wheel is held together with two pins, put in before and after the centre is worked.

You might be interested in looking at pattern 184 and pattern 185 which have a similar look, but tackle it in an entirely different way!

Original photo and pattern:

Pattern of lace Pattern of lace