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Hairpin Lace Bookmark "Symphony"

Set your hairpin lace tool (a craft plan for one is available on MillWorks) to 1 1/2". Using a size 6 crochet hook and size 10 crochet cotton, create 80 loops on both sides of the loom (for an overall total of 160 loops). Be careful when you remove the loops from the loom, to make sure none of the loop sections twist.

Chain 8. Single crochet in every loop. One easy thing for me is to keep in mind that the loop should be oriented that the closest half of the loop to the hook should be on top, with no twists. Continue on, remembering to chain 8 in each corner. Single crochet into the center area on the bottom. Back at the top/beginning, slip stitch where you started, rather than single crocheting.

Edging note: This edging looks really complicated when finished. Along the bottom it has a picot, while the top is pointed scallops. Thankfully, you only have to go around once to create it! It's a bit time-consuming, but the pattern is repetitive and easy to learn. Switch to a size 7 hook. Work into every stitch, considering even the corner chains to be stitches--with the corner chain stitches, go through both of the top loops.

Chain 1 (at the beginning only). Then, as a repeat around:

- Single crochet in the next stitch.

- In the following stitch: Double crochet, chain 3, single crochet in the third chain from the hook in the back single loop (ignoring the two loops you typically go through when crocheting). This may be a bit tricky to get the hang of at first, but it creates the look of the whole bookmark edge having a crochet stitch, rather than odd twisting going on.

Once you get back to the beginning, slip stitch in the first single crochet.

Says:

"Symphony" demonstrates the unique look of hairpin lace by not utilizing any twists or gathers of stitches. At approximately 2" x 12", this bold bookmark looks beautiful draped across a pile of antique books. That is, if you think it's just too pretty to use!

Have fun!

Providing crafts since October 2011. Hairpin lace bookmark created March 2012. Copyright 2011- and all contents by Millie. Resulting products can only be kept or given away as gifts. Always keep safety in mind.