I've just recently developed an interest in hairpin lace. I've noticed that there are a lot of tutorials describing how to join two hairpin lace strips together, but only one (not very descriptive) tutorial on StitchDiva on how to join more than two strips together to form a fabric. The tutorial says that to avoid distorting the fabric, the strip that you insert the hook into the loops of first when joining should be alternated (for instance, for joining Strips 1 and 2, insert the hook into Strip 1's loops first, then Strip 2's; for joining Strips 2 and 3, it's 3 first, then 2; for Strips 3 and 4, it's 3 first, then 4; etc.) However, most (if not all) patterns that call for an sc join will tell you to join on the wrong side every yime...but in order to do that, the only thing I could think to do to join every other strip would be to start from the left, and work to the right. But that's awkward.
I thought about alternating which strip goes on top and which goes underneath...but when you finish that and unfold it, every other seam would be on the right side. I also thought about flipping the work so that when joining every other strip, the starting edges of the two strips would be facing opposite directions...but anyone who knows hairpin lace knows that the starting edges of all strips must face the same direction. I'm at the edge of sanity trying to figure this out!
Edited by Nate McCloud, 24 December 2010 - 04:16 AM.
Thought of another (wrong) method of joining strips