Quick Lace Projects
Lace Crochet is one of the most beautiful styles of crochet, but it is very time consuming when considering the very small thread traditionally used. A table cloth just 3 feet in diameter could take up to two months to complete A bedspread may take a year to finish. Then there is that dreaded, “Oh, good grief I just found a mistake I made two weeks ago, and have rip out all that work or the pattern won’t come out correctly.”
Here are some tips and ideas to help you crochet those beautiful lacy stitches, design patterns and motifs much quicker by using some modern threads or simple tricks.
One of the simplest means of making quick lace doilies is to use a worsted weight yarn, or a heavy cotton thread (such as Peaches and Cream or Aunt Lydia’s Denim), plus the pattern for a Motif, Block or Coaster. Using an H hook, blocks usually increase to 4 times their size with the larger yarns, than with the small cotton threads. This way you can crochet one block or motif, but have an average sized doily when completed. I can usually crochet a block that extends to 18” in about the time it takes to watch a video.
Since most doily patterns increase to 4 times the size with the larger yarns than with small thread, I can use an 18-24” doily pattern for a table covering. For a weekend project, I can finish a piece big enough to cover a bedside table. These usually require 3-5 small skeins (1.5-2 oz.) of specialty cotton or acrylic thread.
With the larger thread/yarn, a bedspread takes about 3 weeks to complete. Use the Blocks or Motifs like Granny Squares and crochet them together to complete the bedspread. You still achieve that lacy effect but with less time and a sturdier yarn for the day to day use of a bedspread.
In figuring the amount of thread you will need to complete a project, most 4-5” blocks (in small thread) will require one skein of heavy specialty cotton thread to complete. In other words, these blocks require 1.75-2 full ounces of heavy cotton thread to create an 18-22” doily/block. This also applies to the specialty holiday skeins with metallic strands in acrylic yarn.
These larger threads make snowflakes so fast and easy An average snowflake pattern will increase size by a factor of 4, making them perfect for holiday doilies, or table accents. The holiday specialty threads with a metallic strand running through them make those snowflakes really sparkle. With the specialty acrylic or heavy cotton threads, and an H size hook, you can get around a dozen small snowflakes from one skein (1.75-2 oz.).
If you can’t find the specialty yarns with that metallic strand, you can create your own. Purchase spools of metallic quilting thread and crochet that thread along with your regular yarn/thread.