How To: Romanian Point Lace
To form traditional Romanian point lace, a particular style of crochet cord is basted to a paper template following an outline of intricate loops and twists. Bridges and links drawn on the paper form a design that is then worked in needle lace, connecting the cord assembly into an independent/freestanding/self-contained fabric.
In decorating the hem of the Mermaid’s Net Top from Interweave Crochet Spring 2019, I used a simplified Romanian point-lace technique. Romanian crochet cord is routed to create a freeform outline with closed loops, attachment points are sewn together, and then some of the spaces are filled with needle-lace net in double buttonhole stitch. Cord in worsted-weight yarn is sturdy enough to maintain its shape without basting or pinning. If desired, loops can be secured on paper or sturdy fabric to avoid puckering or stretching. That said, freeform is very forgiving. There’s no need to be exact or symmetrical; just aim for a uniform size of net cells.
Crochet Romanian cord for 9″, turning in the same direction as if to flip a page in a book.
Row 1: Ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook, turn.
Row 2: Sc in horizontal bar at end of row (cord edge), turn.
Row 3: Sc in 2 horizontal bars at end of row (cord edge), turn.
Rep Row 3 for patt until piece measures 9″.
Join cord to form a loop with sl st. Fasten off.
Fill space inside the loop using needle lace in double buttonhole stitch.
- Figure 1: With wide side of loop up, secure yarn with backstitch on WS at top left, and insert in first ridge from top to bottom. Move along top edge from left to right.
- Figures 2–4: Skip a ridge, insert needle from top to bottom in next ridge, and bring out above yarn strand (buttonhole stitch, Figure 2). Leave some slack between stitches for each net cell. It may help to hold it with a finger or needle. Make a second buttonhole stitch flush in the same ridge (Figure 3). Repeat across (Figure 4).
At the end of the row, transition to the next row level. There are two ways to do this:
- Figures 5–6: Insert needle in cord along the edge and work down the cord to the next level (Figure 5). Continue working buttonhole stitch across (Figure 6).
- Figures 7–8: Make a double buttonhole stitch on the side ridge, skipping one or two ridges down (Figure 7), and begin return row (Figure 8). To return, work buttonhole stitch in available loops in the opposite direction.
Continue in that manner until the space is filled completely, adjusting to the shape of the loop and reducing the number of cells. See the finished wrong side (WS) on the left and right side (RS) on the right.
NATASHA ROBARGE is an avid crocheter and knitter whose crochet designs are published in Interweave Crochet , Love of Crochet , and other publications. She lives in Houston and strives to create fun and functional crochet garments.
This article originally appeared in Interweave Crochet Spring 2019. To find more information on Romanian point lace, check out these products:
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Featured Image: The Mermaid’s Net Top CREDIT: Harper Point Photography