great book but you have to have patience,
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This review is from: Masterpieces of Irish Crochet Lace: Techniques, Patterns, Instructions (Dover Needlework S.) (Paperback)I bought this book a while ago. To be quite honest I found it too difficult at first. That was mainly because I couldn't find the key to the vintage terms used.
I have now found that and have also managed to work out other things that help me to work out the patterns, like if you are left handed and she says "start on the left", we need to start on the right. After that the pattern follows in exactly the same way for everyone.
The hardest part to deciphering this book is working out how to crochet over a cord or multiple cords. Can I say, the way you do this is exactly the same principle as when you Double Crochet into a standard ring.
With all of this, I started the first pattern I was interested in, the calyx.
Now the funny thing about this book is, that when the calyx is mentioned first of all, it does not contain instructions, the instructions are in there tho', and to be found about 4 pages later.
I have finished making the calyx and I have been able to compare the uppermost pattern of ridges and loops to the image in the book and they are exactly the same!
The pattern is very clear. You stitch over the foundation cord for the first and last rows and in between, you just stitch into previous DCs. Bringing the foundation cord back into the design is VERY CLEARLY EXPLAINED, e.g. you DC around it, to pull it back into place before you start the next part, where you need it again. Yum, yum!
The pattern is very clear:
Plain Stitch = Double Crochet (US) Single Crochet (UK).
Single Stitch = Slip Stitch
If you are going to attempt the calyx, what I will add is that when she says 'skip first DC', then on the next row she doesnt say that, you take that to mean you should stitch into the first DC on the next row. In other words, do the obvious, unless she tells you NOT to!
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