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Bruges Lace Shawl

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Shawl Crochet Pattern

Bruges Lace is a type of bobbin lace that originated from the city of Bruges, Belgium. It's sometimes known as Brussels lace or Belgian lace. The lace was originally made using ribbons and tapes and had nothing in common with crochet lace, but over the years the technique was adapted for crochet. This pattern uses two basic Bruges Lace techniques to produce this beautiful shawl. It might not be the best pattern for a beginning crocheter, but it's a good starting point to learn Bruges Lace.

Size: Width - 86" (218 cm), depth - 31" (78 cm)

Materials: Lion Brand LB 1878 100 % wool fingering weight yarn 2045 yards (1870 meters) / 500 gr, color 099 Fisherman - 1 cone (shop for this yarn here!)

Hook: D (3.25 mm)

Gauge is not important.

Directions

Basic tape

Basic Bruges Tape row: ch 6, 4 dc over the 4 dc of the previous row, turn.
Repeat to desired length. Tie off.

Joining to another tape

Row 1: ch 3, slip st to the corresponding 6-chain loop of other tape, ch 3, 4 dc over 4 dc of the previous row, turn.
Row 2: ch 6, 4 dc over 4 dc of the previous row, turn.
Repeat to desired length.

 



180 degree tape turn (consists of 7 rows)

The 1st row starts at the inner edge of the turn.
Row 1: ch 6, 1 sc, 1 hdc, 2 dc, turn
Row 2: ch 6, 2 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, turn
Rows 3-6: repeat rows 1-2.
Row 7: ch 3, sl st through the 3 inner loops, 1 sc, 1 hdc, 2 dc, turn.

 

Directions


The shawl consists essentially of one long, continuous tape that doubles back on itself with 180-degree turns. The lengths of tape first increase, then decrease to produce a triangular shape.

Chain 10
Row 1: sc in to the 7th chain from the hook, 1 hdc, 2 dc, turn
Row 2: ch 6, 2 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, turn
Row 3: ch 6, 1 sc, 1 hdc, 2 dc, turn
Rows 4-15: repeat rows 2 and 3.
Row 15: ch 3, sl st into the inner loops of all previous rows, ch 3, 1 sc, 1 hdc, 2 dc, turn
Row 16: ch 6, 4 dc (basic unit of Bruges Tape, see above)
Row 17: ch 3, slip st to the hdc of the 1st row, ch 3, 4 dc over 4 dc of the previous row, turn.
Rows 18-24: 180 degree tape turn (see above)
Row 19: ch 3, slip st to the second dc of the 1st row, ch 3, 2 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, turn
Rows 25-32: basic tape, joining to the 2 loops of in previous length of tape in rows 26 and 28 (see diagram)
Rows 33-39: 180 degree tape turn.
Rows 40-47: basic tape, joining to the 5 loops of the straight part of the tape, before the last turn.
Rows 48-54: 180 degree tape turn.
Rows 55-68: basic tape
Rows: 69-75: 180 degree tape turn.
Rows 76-89: basic tape.
Continue to work this way, crocheting 6 additional rows in every odd length of tape. The 16th odd tape will be the longest. Work the next odd tape 6 rows shorter. Continue to shorten each odd tape.
After 31st even tape:
Row 1: ch 6, 1 sc, 1 hdc, 2 dc, turn
Row 2: ch 6, 2 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, turn
Rows 3-14: repeat rows 1 and 2
Row 15: ch 3, sl st through all inner loops of turn, ch 3, 1 sc, 1 hdc, 2 dc.
Tie off.


Finishing
Block the shawl.

Enjoy!



Comments

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Poster: remahamilton
July 8, 2015

from the pattern and instructions i think i will soon be able to master the Bruge(s) Lace Shawl
Poster: melissa
June 3, 2014

Hello, just wanted to send you this last email about my previous 2 emails asking for help on couple rows on this pattern. But I copied and studied the pattern and watched the videos and finally think I understand the whole pattern. Thank you so much for your time. Blessings, Melissa
Poster: Melissa
June 3, 2014

Also just noticed there is a Row 19 with separate directions right after Rows 18-24 say to do 180 degree tape turn. Thank you again for your assistance. Blessings
Poster: Melissa
June 3, 2014

Love this pattern, have the yarn and ready to go. Writing the pattern down and need some help with Row 15 under shawl directions. Says for Rows 4-15 to repeat Rows 2 & 3. But then after that I still see a Row 15 with other directions. Could you please tell me which to follow? The repeat of Row 3 for Row 15, or follow what is typed for Row 15 as you have it in pattern here? Thank you in advance for your help on this, as I am looking forward to starting this shawl. Blessings
Poster: Jennie
December 29, 2013

beautiful.. thanks for sharing.
Poster: dotb in mo
February 11, 2013

This is absolutely lovely! Since I am a struggling beginner, I bookmarked/saved it in case I learn what I am doing! Thank you for your patterns and helpful site.

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