Lacy Japanese Lantern


"The Lacy Japanese Lantern is a heirloom project that will add grace and sophistication to your home decor. If you are really ambitious you can string a bunch together for a fancy garden party garland. This is an advanced pattern with lots of pictures to help you accomplish this project. It takes size 10 crochet thread, and it is starched with a sugar starch to harden it. Put it together with a swag light kit and you are good to go."


Crochet Hook7 or 1.65 mm hook (steel)

Yarn Weight(0) Lace (33-40 stitches to 4 inches). Includes crochet thread.

Materials List

  • sugar starch
  • swag lamp kit
  • 15 watt light bulb
  • tapestry needle
  • punch ball

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Wow! It has been ages since I have seen a pattern that used sugar starch to stiffen the final project. My mom used that before she started to use Elmer's glue. I have some of her work that is still stiffened with the glue even after washing and boiling. Glue would be an alternative, just saying.

What a beautiful lacy lantern. I love that this item was stiffened and used as a "globe" for a light fixture. If only I had the ability to hang things from my ceiling. I appreciate all of the detailed pictures and even though this is considered advanced, any one with basic crochet knowledge should be able to create this.

We recently took a family member to the airport in a big city, so we were able to visit the IKEA store there. After losing our way inside the store a few times, we ended up in the Lighting section. This delicate pattern reminds me of the many offerings at the store. This is an advanced pattern, and I would suggest using a regular fabric stiffener rather than the sugar syrup method.


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