Bruges Lace Shawl

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 The lace was originally made using ribbons and tapes and had nothing in common with crochet lace, but over the years the technique was adapted for crochet.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

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!