Irish Crochet and Crochetted Lace


Irish Crochet and Crochetted Lace

Irish crochet is made with a typical crochet hook, but always includes shaped motifs and may have some raised cords or layered bits.  It is usually held together with a chain stitch mesh with picot loops decorating the chains.  The group includes other forms of crochetted lace.

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I've been away from doing crochet for quite a long time, but now I have this book called 'The Go-To Book for Irish Crochet Motifs and I'm interested again.  This is something I would like as I think…Continue

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Comment by Barbara Gordon on November 2, 2015 at 4:58pm

Thank you.  I found the book plus a couple more.  I hope I have good luck with them.  I don't know French, but with some of the diagrams and help from a friend of mine, just maybe.  Thanks so much.  I now have quit  a collection. 

Comment by Administrator on November 2, 2015 at 3:44pm


The Hardouin GUIPURE D'IRLANDE is on

Page 30 has the motif you want, but the instructions are in French, and are verbal, not diagrammed.

Comment by Administrator on November 2, 2015 at 3:38pm

Barbara Gordon - some possible ideas for your maple leaf

one  two three  This last book is probably on either the site or the antiquepatternlibrary site.


Somebody on ravelry is selling a similar pattern for 2 Brit pounds.   

This one actually has a diagram. 

This lady has several albums of Irish crochet - 

Comment by Donna Fousek on November 2, 2015 at 8:20am

I like some of the dresses. we all appreciate all the time and work that went into creating them. Yes it is not lace but it is helping to keep crocheting alive. thanks for sharing the link.

Comment by Maureen Bromley on November 2, 2015 at 3:57am

I have now uploaded a photo on Irish Crochet and Picot Bigouden Crochet which is a result of a workshop with Maire Treanor and Helene last year.  Sorry for the delay but I had to wait until I got on the main computer as I the photos are on my iPad and I couldn't get it to upload to this site.

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Comment by Maureen Bromley on September 28, 2015 at 4:47am

Thank you Barbara for that information.  I will see if I can find a copy of the book.

Comment by Barbara C. Hevener on September 26, 2015 at 4:10pm

Regarding hairpin lace--from pages 102-103 of The History of Needlework Tools and Accessories by Sylvia Groves (Arco Publishing, 1966, 1968, 1973):  "An implement used in conjunction with a crochet hook, familiar in former times but now comparatively rare, is the two-pronged fork employed in hairpin-work.  In appearance the tool closely resembles the lucet; indeed, it must be obvious to anyone who is accustomed to lucetting that it was from this that hairpin-work derived.  The implement is in both cases held and revolved in the palm of the hand, though in hairpin-work the loops, formed with the aid of a crochet hook, are not tightened but remain on the fork in a double row.  ... Although popular in Victorian days, hairpin-work is now seldom seen here, but is better known in France and Italy where, instead of the older fork, knitting needles are frequently used.  They are secured in place by means of a regulator; a device consisting of two narrow metal plates fitting over one another and connected by screws.  ... "

Comment by Maureen Bromley on September 26, 2015 at 2:09pm
Lorelei. Thank you for your thoughts. I decided to research crochet and see if that gave me a lead to hairpin. It shows that original knitting needles had hooks on them. Not finished research yet, but this is interesting.
Comment by Maureen Bromley on September 26, 2015 at 2:06pm
Thank you Sally, I do not have Elizabeth's book. I will contact her about this.

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