Crochet Exercise #1: Scallops Lace Insertion

The only way to learn crochet is to crochet 🙂 So I got hold of some old crochet books that are available online for free at the Antique Pattern Library.  They have some really beautiful antique lace designs that I can practice on and collect for future use.

This one is found on page 5 of the book Priscilla Crochet Book Edgings and Insertions, and is referred to as Figure 10 insertion.

What is an insertion?

Based on my understanding, it is a strip of crochet fabric that we can add to projects for added oomph. As opposed to an edging where one side is straight and the other is purposely left “frilly”, an insertion will have both sides worked straight for it to be easily inserted.

The pattern I chose for this exercise is made up of scallops and is quite easy to make, there are only 3 rows and connecting the scallops is very simple. Give it a try! 🙂

figure 10 insertion

 

The pattern is written in UK terms and, based on my execution, is as follows:

Chain 10 and join with a slip stitch. Chain 3.

Row 1 – 11 dc in ring (do not join!), chain 3, turn.

Row 2 – 1 dc in the next 4 dc’s, (chain 2, 1 dc in next dc) 6 times, chain 2, 1 dc on top of previous row’s chain 3, chain 6, turn.

Row 3 – 1 sc at base of chain 6 (forming a loop), *(chain 5, 1 sc in next dc) 7 times, chain 6, skip 3 dc’s, 1 sc on previous row’s starting chain 3, chain 3, turn*.

This finishes the scallop. Start back at the 1st row by making the 11 dc’s in the chain 6 loop.

 

To connect scallops:

Start at the end of the 2nd row of the 3rd scallop, as follows:

Chain 3, 1 sc in 2nd loop of previous scallop, chain 3, turn.

1 sc at base of chain 3 (on current scallop being worked), then repeat from * to *.

Continue happily along until desired length is achieved.

 

Do let me know how it turned out 🙂

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10 Responses to Crochet Exercise #1: Scallops Lace Insertion

  1. This is such a pretty pattern, I used it to make a scarf with a different colour for each pattern repeat. Looks very pretty in all white too, very lacy.

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  2. EssHaych says:

    So pretty! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  3. Ginny says:

    Beautiful pattern. I’m afraid my try at that would be a big mess. Especially if it is done with thread. I just can’t seem to crochet tight. You did a great job. It looks so pretty.

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    • Paardje says:

      Thank you! 🙂 Yes, it does take getting used to. Likewise, since I started with thread back when I made doilies, crocheting with thicker yarn & bigger hooks are quite awkward for me at the moment.

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  4. …fantastic!!! I can’t imagine how this is done with one needle – it is done with one needle only, right? What will you use this for now that you’re finished? It’s absolutely gorgeous… I use that sort of lace (but not as big and not as pretty, but kinda crochet lace) to decorate cards 🙂

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    • Paardje says:

      LOL! Yes, only one needle 😀

      I’m only practicing for now so I unravel it once I’m done and move on to the next. I’m sort of just collecting patterns I find interesting for future use.

      Using them to decorate cards is a great idea! 🙂

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