The Rustic Lace Square Projects, Graph, and Patterns
A while back, I was surfing around the Web looking for beautiful blankets, and I came across this gorgeous #rusticlacesquare throw by Magda De Lange, and I just had to see if I could make a similar one.
After more hunting based on Magda’s tags, I learned that the #rusticlacesquare was a major “thing” across Instagram and Pinterest; many talented crocheters had already jumped on the bandwagon to crochet blankets,
scarves and accessories,
clothing, like this rustic lace square bridal shawl by VanDani of Belgium:
(it’s available for sale in her Etsy shop).
these colorful sweaters,
Carmen’s lovely shawl,
and more, based on the square pattern.
What struck me was how versatile the styles made based on this one little square are: colorful & bohemian,
warm and earthy,
formal and sophisticated,
beach & cottage, and so on.
I came across the graph for the rustic lace square (copyright expired – originally published in the Handbook of Crochet No. 2), and learned that the squares were a lot of fun to make.
If you search for #rusticlacesquare on Instagram or Pinterest, you’ll find the graph along with tons of beautiful finished pieces for inspiration.
This was my first attempt at making something with squares that would have to be joined, so I started out with scrap yarn. I use Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton yarn (it’s very soft, comes in lots of beautiful colors, and the finished pieces are machine washable) for most of my projects, and I had lots of it in various colors.
Of course, as I got into making more squares, I wanted more colors and ran out of some of the stashed yarn, so I ordered more.
Some notes on shopping for yarn…
I almost always find the best prices for the Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton and other high-quality yarns at Craftsy.
Wherever you buy your yarn – Craftsy, WEBS, Knitpicks, Darn Good Yarn, Joanne’s etc. – check the yardage when comparing prices! One site offers the same price on the Ultra Pima as Craftsy for example, but each hank is 110 instead of 220 yards (double the price per yard).
Back to the #rusticlacesquare…
Figuring out which squares should go where was an unexpected challenge. I ended up using Photoshop to play around with the color combinations, but next time I’ll go with Julia Elena’s planning technique:
Most crocheters joined the squares directly together,
but I wanted to fill and frame mine. I floundered around looking for ways to join and ended up with a sort of Celtic-style join that I made up through much trial and error (sorry, no pattern)
Magda’s squares (below) were joined directly together, and she added a border that has a bit of a feminine ruffle to it.
Marianne Dekkers-Roos of MaRRose – Colorful Crochet & Crafts wrote out step-by-step instructions for join-as-you-go. See them here.
Once all the squares were joined, I hunted around Pinterest for border ideas. I wanted a strong, feminine border, so I used a combination of different motifs to create mine.
After joining the throw and finishing the border, I realized that I should have blocked each square as I went along for the best results (like Leisa did),
because it didn’t lay perfectly flat – a little wibbly here and there – and wouldn’t do to show or sell on a professional level.
Problem easily solved, though; one of our local dry cleaners offers blocking of handmade items, and it only cost about $8.00 to have it professionally blocked, and I ordered some blocking mats and blocking wires for future projects.
Here is the finished piece after blocking. I envisioned this throw laying over the back of a cozy, novel-reading chair like you might find on the porch of a beach cottage, so I wanted lots of white and a ruffly border.
When I set out to write out a pattern based on the graph, I learned that some industrious crocheters had already published excellent written patterns and tutorials for those who find patterns easier to follow than graphs.
Torill of Ekte Lykke posted the pattern on her blog in both English and Norwegian with great close-up photos of each step.
Stephanie of Handwerkjuffie published her version of the pattern in Dutch, available here.
Ravelry member Crochet Tea Party posted a written PDF of her pattern. You can download it here.
Nerissa Muijs of MissNeriss.com created her blanket using pastels, and she posted instructions for her border on her blog.
Have you tried the #rusticlacesquare or do you have a different favorite lace square that you’d like to share? Comment below!
Below is a curated list by Saskia van Dorp showing her top pics of Rustic Lace Square projects:
Here’s a copy of the graph. Its first known publication date was 1915 (the year my grandmother was born!), in the Handbook of Crochet No. 2.