Handmade Lace - Anyone knows the name?

Some days back, I had visited a friend of mine recuperating after a surgery at her mom's place. While conversing on different forms on handwork ,which is our common interest, her mom showed me some laces she had made. She had learnt it from a relative of hers many years ago. She wanted to know if I knew the name of the method and if other patterns were available.

I've no knowledge of laces or lace making,so I clicked a few pics of some of the lace strips made by her so as to show you all. If anyone of you know anything about this method and resources ,please do let me know so that I can pass it on to her.

She makes these laces with two long spokes she has resourced from a cycle wheel.From what she has told me there are some formulas involved and the creation requires lot of time. But isn't all lace making laborious and time consuming?

I've left the pictures big enough so that you can have a closer look. What do you think? Is this knitting lace? Iam making a guess since it uses two needles.

If anyone is aware of this method ,please leave a comment here in this post.

Love,luck and sunshine,


Celia said…
It is definitely knitted lace, although I can't name the pattern. There are lots of variations on knitted lace - your example is a lovely one.
aracne said…
How intriguing is this? Could be knitted, maybe you should send the picture to the team of Piecework magazine. I will follow with interest the answers that you will receive.
Walden said…
I cannot say for sure, but the stitches do look like lace knitting.
anne said…
I don't know this!!!!Sorry!!!
I'm afraid I'm no help with the name, but it certainly is beautiful. To me it doesn't really look knitted but it's entirely possible that it is.
undeadgoat said…
It's definitely knitted lace. I recognize the border stitches but not the middle area, I'm curious as to how it's done!
Deepa said…
Thanks everyone!! Iam going to look around for some resources on knitted lace and pass on the information to my friend.
She did with two spokes right... i don't know exactly but it could be hairpin lace crochet.... i don't know this i stitch... saw it in the book i have... please do check the below URL

when I read two spokes, hairpin lace was my thought. but then I did some looking: Hairpin crochet (figs. 448, 449, 450).—So called because it is worked on a kind of large steel hairpin or fork with two or more prongs. Wooden and nickel varieties of this implement, which are patented by Mme Besson, of Paris, are also used.check out encyclopedia of needlework http://encyclopediaofneedlework.com/chapter_9.html
Rakhi Chanda said…
Whatever it is..I am loving it...its so delicate...
Pratima Kapoor said…
Hi Deepa
The lace is beautiful and it looks like knitted. I too will try and find it out.
hi deepa... please do check this e book from favecrafts... in that check
"Crochet Hairpin Rosette"

here is the link

Aishah said…
I agree that it definitely looks like knitted lace. But it looks like lace done in garter stitch, rather than a stockinette stitch.
Diane said…
Check out Fat-Quarter's blog. She has something similar that is hairpin lace.
Diane in Ontario
AntiTek said…
The Knitted Laces of Estonia are beautiful. I found some instructional books and DVDs on the Interweave Store.

Anonymous said…
I agree with Aishah that it looks like a knit lace using garter stitch, to a large degree.

It is possible to use graph paper to chart knitting (Burda knitting patterns are usually published with their instructions in graphic format). Using such a system, you might be able to work out, by tracing each strands twists and turns, how to duplicate this lovely piece.

The lacey bits are created by simple yarn-overs. I think the primary complexities in this piece involve the directions of the decreases that allow the width to remain constant. If you are interested in knitting patterns of any sort -- but especially in understanding the shaping that is created by various methods of decreases, Barbara Walker wrote two books -- A Treasury of Knitting Patterns and A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns that I still consider to be the definitive works. I cannot imagine a design that cannot be generated by careful study of her painstaking, encyclopedic study of patterns throughout the centuries.