How to Crochet Lace
Crochet lace tips and designs for beautiful, airy patterns.
By: Jeanette Benoit, Editor, AllFreeCrochet.com
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Crochet lace patterns are truly a work of art. There are so many various crochet lace patterns to choose from including lacy crochet shawl patterns, crochet scarves, and free crochet afghan patterns. No matter what crochet pattern you make, it's inevitable that it will end up looking beautiful.
An added bonus of making light and lacy crochet patterns is that because of all the holes and gaps in the pattern, you end up using less yarn than you normally would. Bonus! We have so many wonderful and amazing free lace crochet patterns to choose from on our website. Projects range in skill level from easy to intermediate, so there's definitely a crochet pattern for everyone.
One of our favorite types of crochet lace is broomstick lace. What is broomstick lace? It's a type of crochet lace you work up by using something really thick to add some serious openness to your work, like a broom handle. Don't worry, you can also use a thicker crochet hook than what you're working with to give it some variety. Check out our video tutorial below for more, and then read on to find some more of our favorites below.
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How to Crochet Lace
Crochet lace stitches aren't that much different from regular crochet stitches, so beginners, don't worry! In fact, lace patterns use regular crochet techniques and stitches... it just adds some more open space between then instead of working to create a plush, dense fabric.
You can make crochet lace with yarn of all weights, not just a light-weight one. Sure, you might think of an airy and light shawl when thinking of lace, but you can just as easily work up a crochet sweater with lace by using worsted or even bulky weight yarn. Your finished result will be a chunkier and somewhat warmer lace design, but still a lace design.
The real trick to crochet lace is that there's no trick at all! Just make sure to follow your pattern, if you can work basic crochet stitches, you can work up a lace crochet design. Once you're finished, the only thing to keep in mind is that you have to block your crochet pattern to get the openness of the fabric to really show through. As you work, your stitches will likely stay closer together, but blocking your finished work will let you spread out the lace stitches and really open up your work.
So, what are you waiting for? Let's give these lace patterns a shot!
Learn How to Crochet a Lace Shawl
Lace is a great way to add a feminine touch to any outfit. Browse our collection of these beautiful crochet designs and make something special for yourself or a friend. These wraps and cardigans are a great addition to anyone's wardrobe. Any one of these stylish and trendy pieces can be thrown on over any outfit and worn at the office, like the Victorian Romance Cardigan, out to dinner, like the Pineapple Lace Shawl (pictured), or simply around town for errands.
Once you get the hang of working with lacy yarns you might try your hand at the designs in How to Crochet Edges & Make Crochet Borders on Patterns
Crochet Lace Scarf Patterns
These lightweight scarves are the perfect accessory for any time of the year. Wrap any one of these crocheted scarves around your neck during the winter to stay warm and stylish, or let it simply hang around your neck during the summer for a quick and easy fashion accessory, like the Spring Flowers Scarf. Free crochet lace patterns add the perfect touch of elegance to any outfit, like the Lacy Tassel Crochet Scarf. Lacy designs are also a great way to highlight different stitches, so many of the scarves here have a level of detail that is hard to find elsewhere.
Lace Crochet Jewelry
Free lace patterns aren't just for afghans, scarves, and shawls. You can make some really stunning jewelry pieces with your hook and crochet thread. This is a great way to set your accessories apart, and you will be amazed at how intricate and professional each of these pieces look, like the gorgeous Leather and Lace Cuff. Check out these free and fabulous crochet jewelry patterns below including earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. There are free patterns to suit every style and skill level in this collection.
Crochet Blankets and Granny Square Lace Patterns
Transform any room of your house into an elegant oasis with any one of these beautiful crochet afghan patterns. You can do so many different designs with lace patterns like these by varying the open spaces. Choose any one of these lace afghans and cozy up on the couch with a good book and your new favorite blanket. Lacy crochet blankets may be lightweight, like the Snow Queen Blanket, but you would be surprised at how warm and comfy they can be.
Have you tried working with broomstick lace?
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