Hairpin Lace Part 3 of 4 – Joining the Strips

Hairpin Lace Part 3 of 4 – Joining the Strips


Joining the strips is as easy as 1, 2, 3… quite literally.

NOTE: There is a front and back AND a top and bottom. ALWAYS join strips on the front of your project starting at the bottom. (The bottom is defined as the edge where you began joining your first 2 strips)

Use a Size K crochet hook for joining the strips.

1] Working from the left side of your project, lay 2 completed strips side by side. Unroll just enough of the the strips so you can work with them, being very careful not to twist the strips.

2] Think of your strips as even and odd, with your first strip (1) on the left beginning odd. When joining 2 strips, ALWAYS start with an odd strip.

3] Place the first 3 loops from the odd strip on your crochet hook. (3 loops on hook)

4] Place the first 3 loops from the even strip on your crochet hook. (6 loops on hook)

5] Slide the original 3 loops from the odd strip over the 3 loops from the even strip and take them off the hook. (3 loops on hook)

6] Pick up the next 3 loops from the odd strip. (6 loops on hook)

7] Slide the original 3 loops from the even strip over the 3 loops from the odd strip and take them off the hook. (3 loops on hook)

8] Continue weaving the 2 strips together until you reach the end of the strips. Check the backside of your work about ever 30 loops to make sure you didn’t skip a loop. If you did, it will be sticking out in the back.

9] When you get to the last 3 loops left on your hook, pull a strip tail through the loops and loosely tie. ( You will finish the ends better in part 4 of this tutorial, Finishing Your Project.)

10] Continue adding strips in this manner until your project is the desired width. After the first 2 strips, you will be adding additional strips to your “growing” project; in my case an afghan. Remember to ALWAYS start with 3 loops from an ODD strip. EDIT: If you not, your afghan will slant, as each new strip will be higher than the one before.

Later in the week I will share Part 4 of 4: Finishing Your Project.

 

Introduction

Part 1 – The Loom

Part 2 – Crocheting the Strips

Part 3 – Joining the Strips

Part 4 – Finishing the Project

 

 

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6 Comments

  1. What do you mean by “odd strip”? all my strips are identical

    1. Kimara
      Author

      You are right, all the strips are identical but reread the first 3 steps. Just for the sake of clarification, I call the first strip 1… which is an “odd” number. When you add the 2nd strip or 2, that is an even number. The third strip or 3, that is an odd number and so on. The numbers and the use of the word “odd” simply refer to the order you are adding them to the afghan. Step 2 says, “Think of your strips as even and odd, with your first strip (1) on the left beginning odd. When joining 2 strips, ALWAYS start with an odd strip.” So, as you go across your afghan, from left to right, adding strips, you always put the first 3 loops from an “odd” strip on your needle first. I hope this extra explanation helps you. ~Kimara~

      1. I think I understand what you mean.. whatever I’m doing is working so I’ll just keep doing it! Thank you for the pattern, I LOVE this for a baby blanket and I can’t wait to see how it turns out when I’m finished!

        1. Kimara
          Author

          If you have the means we’d love to see a photo. If you have a Facebook account it can share it on our FB page if not you can email it to us. Let me know if you need anything else. Good luck! ~Kimara~

  2. This is brilliant! I always wondered what those needle/gauge/thingies were at the craft store and now I know. Yay, another fiber technique to learn. I have this one and Nail Binding to figure out at this point.

    1. Kimara
      Author

      I have a number of fiber tools that I have inherited or picked up at garage and estate sales. Always fun to try to figure out what they were/are used for! Have fun. ~Kimara~

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