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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Comment by Lofty Aspirations on June 12, 2014 at 8:48am

A hundred and fifty years ago, I wonder if it ever crossed the minds of those nuns that the craft they were teaching would end up as clothes adorning the female form like these!

Comment by Administrator on June 11, 2014 at 8:28pm

The psychedelic green one is my favorite. Oh to be young and skinny enough to wear it!

Comment by Lofty Aspirations on June 11, 2014 at 11:00am

Hi!  I'm brand new to laceioli and can't stop surfing the site!   Irish crochet is fast becoming a passion of mine, and while surfing You Tube I found this incredible modern designer.  Her ideas are at once futurist while reflecting the traditional.  Awesome dresses!  Merletto Irlandaise di Asia Verten

Comment by Devon Thein on March 31, 2014 at 8:26am

I met with Maire Treanor on Friday to discuss Clones Lace and Irish Crochet. Maire has researched and re-introduced Clones Lace, a form of Irish crochet distinguished by the Clones Knot in the mesh. Maire is on a teaching tour of the US, having taught in Manhattan on Saturday and continuing to Kansas City for a public program and class April 4-7 as described in the events section on this page.

Maire uses the money earned on these teaching tours to pay for her continued research into Irish Crochet with a particular emphasis on Irish crochet as practiced outside of Ireland. She has researched the Irish crochet practiced in Orvieto, in Italy. She is also interested in the Irish crochet made in Japan, and has been pursuing research opportunities in Central and South America.

Maire showed me her class project, which is a mask, based on the romantic masks of the Venetian carnival. I thought it was a very nice idea for a project because each student could make individual motifs from Irish crochet, say shamrocks or grapes, and then could combine them into a unique mask. Best of all, it is a project that is not overwhelmingly large!

Lorelei mentioned the Irish crochet being done by Russians. In fact, Maire had with her some examples of contemporary Irish crochet done by a Ukrainian friend. They were very wearable looking, very pretty, and although in a traditional technique, very contemporary in effect.

I hope everyone with an interest in Irish crochet in the Kansas City area is able to take advantage of this opportunity. By the way, it is Kansas City, MO, not Kansas City, Kansas as I had said.

Comment by Devon Thein on March 24, 2014 at 8:08am

More specific information about the Irish Crochet Class can be found on the NYCCrochet Guild Facebook page.

Comment by Devon Thein on March 24, 2014 at 8:02am

The world famous Irish Crochet teacher, Maire Treanor is coming to New York to teach a class at Pearl Studio in Manhattan, March 29th, 10-5.Those interested can register with Maire, at or with She says they can buy supplies from her or they can see what they need in the registration form. This is another one of these things where I wonder how it can be that such a distinguished teacher, and such a good opportunity is still not filled up a week before the class.  I have to think that when an Irish crochet celebrity comes to New York and there are still places in her class it represents a communication problem in the lace world  But, of couse, that is why we started this NIng site.

Comment by Administrator on March 4, 2014 at 2:28pm

One of the classes being offerred at convention this year is Irish crochet. Recently the Russians have been using this technique a lot to make spectacular one-of-a-kind clothing. Many years ago I did a fair amount of crochet, but never Irish crochet. Check out the links in the resources box above for ideas.

Comment by Administrator on January 22, 2014 at 2:18pm

One of the moderators on the ravelry Irish crochet lovers site has posted detailed instructions for a fairly complex motif they are all working on this month.     You may not be able to view it because the site requires you to join before you can see anything. But joining is free.

Comment by Administrator on November 18, 2013 at 5:44pm

A Russian language website with diagrams of lots of crochet motifs.  You have to understand their symbol code to use the diagrams..

Comment by Administrator on June 11, 2013 at 2:56pm

you are welcome.  When you tell me that you value my effort, that makes it worthwhile.


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