Hairpin Lace is made on a hairpin fork (sometimes called a staple), which comes in various sizes, along with a crochet hook. The result is a soft, fluffy lace most commonly used in afghans, shawls or baby wear.
Time Required: 30 minutes to learn technique
- Hold the hairpin fork so that the curve is at the top.
- Make a single loop in the yarn. With this loop on the hook, hold hook towards the center of the fork and wind the yarn (from the front around to the back) around the right prong of the fork.
- Keeping the hook at the center between the two prongs, yarn over hook and draw through the loop on the hook.
- Raise your crochet hook to a vertical position and turn the hairpin fork to the left.
- Yarn over hook and draw through loop on hook.
- Insert hook in the loop that's on the left prong. Yarn over hook and draw loop through (2 loops on the hook), yarn over hook and draw through 2 loops.
- Repeat steps 4, 5 and 6 until the fork is filled.
- When fork is filled, remove the bar at the bottom, slip off all but the last few loops, replace bar and then continue repeating steps 4, 5 and 6 until you have the length you need.
- The finished strips of hairpin lace can be combined with an endless variety of other stitches to be made into afghans, clothing, edgings and other items.