Tangled Tuesdays: Learn Bruges Lace

Say it Rah-shay By Sep 04, 2012 1 Comment

Learn Bruges Lace by Ellen Gormley

From the web site:

Learn how to crochet using the Bruges lace techniques, and get 8 fashionable crochet patterns in Learn Bruges Lace by Ellen Gormley!
Create colorful and lacy crochet hats, scarves, bracelets and more. Most forms of crochet lace are made using only a neutral color, but Bruges lace can be made in pieces and units before being stitched together. So it’s easy to incorporate multiple colors in these crochet designs. Learn Bruges Lace gives you:

  • Easy, step-by step instructions and full-color photos for 10 Bruges lace stitch patterns.
  • 8 crochet designs by Ellen Gormley for you to practice your new techniques and create a stylish throw and fashionable accessories.
  • The opportunity to create amazing results using basic crochet stitches.
  • Symbol crochet instructions for all stitch patterns and projects.

The more I crochet, the more I am I am ready to bust away from my comfort zone (also known as half double crochet) and try other things. But other things seem so difficult! When I was asked to be a part of Ellen Gormley‘s blog tour for her new book, Learn Bruges Lace, I was thrilled. I have tended to shy away from anything “lace” as lace implies delicate, lighter weight yarn, and small hooks. My past efforts have often resulted in my yarn being a tangled mess and me tossing the project. There was no need for me to worry. The description for Learn Bruges Lace is true to the book and I was able to take familiar stitches and rework them into a beautiful new look.

The day the book arrived, I eagerly flipped through ready to start a project. I was excited to see that my fear of the word lace was unnecessary. Despite the word “lace” in the title the patterns can be created with worsted weight yarn, larger hooks (among them, my favorite hook sizes H!) and the patterns are something that not only will I make, I can actually use.

I tried a few of the stitch patterns and am proud of my handy work! The traditional tape is a lovely workup of double crochet and chain stitches. The book provides very clear instruction, a handy chart and pictures along the way to assist with completing your product.

My Traditional tape on the left!

Moving on to the patterns, I was able to workup the Departure Cuff in an afternoon, which satisfied that instant gratification I enjoy when working up projects. The Departure Cuff is delicate, pretty and simple yet looks really cool. I made an ankle cuff for my kid, a willing model.

The cuff before blocking

As modeled by The Bee

Originally, I was a bit daunted by some of the other projects. In the past when I’ve encounter anything that calls for rows that reach into the hundreds, I will admit that I get intimidated and will avoid any attempts. I was a bit taken back when I read through the hats and scarves but after trying the patterns I found that the longer rows were nothing to be wary of and have happily started a few projects. Among them is the Adult Hat. It’s made in pieces and put together when each piece is made.

Again, I was pleasantly surprised at the ease the hat has worked up. The picture shown was worked up within an hour and I can work the hat as time allows.

I really enjoyed working the projects in this book and feel that this would be a great addition to any library. But…you don’t have to take my word for it! Ellen has kindly agreed to donate a copy of her book to one person who wants to get hooked on Bruges Lace! To enter, please visit her class page on Annie’s Attic and tell me which item you’d like to learn to make. Please leave an e-mail address so that I can notify you if you’ve won.

Winners will be notified by September 9th.
USA only please!

If you are anxious to get a copy of Learn Bruges Lace, visit Annie’s Attic and see the book here. Ellen is also teaching a Crocheting with Bead class and you can learn information about the class here.


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1 Comment

  1. Trish Adkins says:

    Id love to do te sock class or the crocheting/beadwork!! So cool!
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