Pattern: Two flat edgings

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Dramatic lace-trimmed shirt

Today’s pattern is for two flat edgings that are pretty similar, and that I used for two parts of the same garment.

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The simpler of the two, shown above, is:

  • Ring 6ds, picot/join to previous motif, 4ds, picot A, 6ds (bottom left full ring of above photo)
  • Chain 6ds, picot B, 6ds, picot C, 6ds
  • Ring 6ds, join A, 4ds, picot/join to previous motif, 6ds
  • Ring 6ds, picot/join to previous motif, 4ds, picot D, 6ds
  • Chain 6ds, picot E, 4ds
  • Ring 7ds, join D, 6ds, picot F, 3ds
  • Ring 3ds, join F, 10ds, picot G, 3ds
  • Ring 3ds, join G, 6ds, picot H, 7ds
  • Chain 4ds, join E, 6ds
  • Ring 6ds, join H, 4ds, picot I, 6ds
  • Ring 6ds, picot J, 4ds, picot K, 6ds
  • Chain 6ds, join C, 6ds, join B, 6ds
  • Ring 6ds, join K, 4ds, picot L, 6ds
  • Chain 5ds, picot, 5ds, picot, 5ds
  • Repeat from beginning, joining to picots L, J, and I in that order

The unused picots in the last chain are for sewing the edging in place.

The other pattern is very similar, but with slightly wider motifs:

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    • Ring 3ds, picot/join to previous motif, 5ds, picot A, 8ds
    • Chain 3ds, picot, 11ds
    • Ring 8ds, join A, 8ds
    • Chain 5ds, picot B, 6ds, picot C, 5ds
    • Ring 8ds, join A (three rings in one picot), 5ds, picot D, 3ds
    • Ring 3ds, join D, 5ds, picot/join to previous motif, 5ds, picot E, 3ds
    • Ring 3ds, join E, 5ds, picot F, 8ds
    • Chain 5ds, join D, 6ds, picot G, 5ds
    • Ring 8ds, join F, 5ds, picot H, 3ds
    • Ring 3ds, join H, 10ds, picot I, 3ds
    • Ring 3ds, join I, 5ds, picot J, 8ds
    • Chain 5ds, join G, 6ds, picot K, 5ds
    • Ring 8ds, join J, 5ds, picot L, 3ds
    • Ring 3ds, join L, 5ds, picot M, 5ds, picot N, 3ds
    • Ring 3ds, join N, 5ds, picot O, 8ds
    • Chain 5ds, join K, 6ds, join B, 5ds
    • Ring 8ds, join O, 8ds
    • Chain 11ds, picot, 3ds
    • Ring 8ds, join O (three in one), 5ds, picot P, 3ds
    • Chain 3ds, picot, 3ds
    • Ring 3ds, join P, 6ds, picot Q, 3ds
    • Chain 3ds, picot, 3ds

Repeat from beginning, joining to picots Q and then M.

The four unused picots, again, are for attaching the edging.

Rules of thumb for these patterns:

  1. Most of the elements are a total of 16ds; those that aren’t are modified to make the piece lay more flat.
  2. Chains connect to chains and rings to rings in all cases; you should never use the shoelace trick or twist the work.

These pieces were done in size 40 thread and a size 8 needle; if you are using different size materials, you may need to alter the pattern to make it lay flat. My rules for altering these patterns are: except the 3-6-3 small ring in the second pattern, don’t change the sizes of rings or move their picots/joins around; any chains that are currently the same length should stay the same length as each other.

The shirt is Simplicity pattern 3750, with the sash/tie end replaced by a wide ribbon and lace, and more lace added to the neck. The fabric is a charcoal gray with lighter-gray curlicue patterns; the lace is made with charcoal-colored #40 cotton thread, and the ribbon is a lighter gray. Because the neckline lace is not tacked down at the top, this isn’t entirely machine-washable; I can machine-wash it and dry it hanging upside-down with weights (crochet hooks!) in the top loops of the neckline lace, but if I try to machine-dry it or dry it flat without weights, the neckline lace crumples up. The sash lace is tacked to the ribbon thoroughly enough—at top and bottom—that it doesn’t need special treatment.

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I finished this blouse in October of last year, so its debut was at a Halloween party, and boy does it go well with a witch hat.

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