Hairpin Lace & Popcorn Afghan

Hairpin lace is created by using a crochet hook and a hairpin lace loom.  Hairpin lace looms consist of two parallel rods held at the top and bottom by removable bars.  Some looms are one size only and others offer adjustable widths which typically vary from 1” to several inches wide.

Hairpin lace is formed by wrapping yarn around the prongs of the hairpin lace loom and crocheting a stitch in the center of the loom to hold the loops together.   The row of stitches in the middle creates what is called the spine. Hairpin lace can be worked to any length by removing the bottom bar of the hairpin loom and slipping the loops off the end. The strips created can be joined together to make lacy and delicate fabrics. Various types of yarns and threads can be used to create doilies, scarves, shawls, hats, baby blankets, afghans, and clothing.

This beautiful Hairpin Lace Afghan is crochet lengthwise from side to side alternating rows of popcorns and hairpin lace strips.  Create this unique afghan with worsted weight yarn and medium size crochet hooks.

Hairpin Lace and Popcorn Afghan

FP272
Edited By: Maggie Weldon
Copyright 2010 Maggie Weldon

Skill: Intermediate
Size: About 54 by 76 inches
Materials: Worsted Weight Yarn: National Blue – 20 ounces, Med. Blue – 20 ounces, Twinkle Blue – 24 ounces, White – 12 ounces; 1½ inch Hairpin Staple.
Crochet Hook: Size H-8 and J-10 (5.00 mm and 6.50 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge: With J-Hook – 3 dc = 1 inch.

JOINING WITH SC
When instructed to join with sc, begin with sl knot on hook, insert hook in st or sp indicated, yo and pull up a loop, yo and draw through both loops on hook.

Hairpin Lace:
Make a lp at end of yarn and place left prong of staple in lp just made, having beg of lp at center of staple, insert hook in lp, wind yarn around right prong of hairpin staple, yarn over hook and draw through lp keeping work at center of staple, yarn over and pull through loop, * drop lp from hook, turn staple ½ turn to the left, pick up the dropped lp at center, insert hook through top part of lp on left hand prong, yarn over and pull through (2 lps on hook), yarn over and pull through both loops; rep from * for entire length.

Hairpin Strips
With White and size H-8 hook, work 6 lengths of hairpin lace having 314 loops on each side of staple

Strip First Side Edging
Row 1: (Right Side) Keeping 1 twist in all lp throughout, join White with sl st in 1st 2 lps, ch 1, sc in same lps, ch 1, sc through next 10 lps, * ch 1, sc through next 2 lps; rep from * 4 times, ch 1, sc through next 10 loops; rep from 1st * across row, ending with ch 1, sc through last 2 lps. Finish off and weave in ends.
Row 2: With right side facing, working along same edge, join Twinkle Blue with sl st to 1st sc, ch 3 (counts as first dc now and throughout), 3 dc in same space, drop lp from hook, insert in 3rd ch, pull lp through, ch 1 to tighten popcorn st, ** dc over next ch-1, * dc in next sc, dc over next ch-1; rep from * 4 times, popcorn in next sc (popcorn: 4 dc in same st, drop lp from hook, insert in 1st dc, pull lp through, ch 1 to tighten st); rep from ** across row. Finish off and weave in ends. DO NOT TURN.
Row 3: With right side facing, working along same edge, join Twinkle Blue with sl st to first dc, ch 3, dc in next dc, popcorn in next dc, * dc in next 7 dc, popcorn in next dc, dc in next 3 sts, popcorn in next dc; rep from * across row, ending last repeat with dc in last 2 sts. Finish off and weave in ends. DO NOT TURN.
Row 4: With right side facing, working along same edge, join Med. Blue with sl st to first dc, ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, popcorn in next st, * dc in next 5 sts, popcorn in next dc; rep from * across row, ending with dc in next 3 sts. Finish off and weave in ends. DO NOT TURN.
Row 5: With right side facing, working along same edge, join Med. Blue with sl st to first dc, ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, popcorn in next st, dc in next 3 sts, popcorn in next dc, * dc in next 7 sts, popcorn in next st, dc in next 3 sts, popcorn in next st; rep from * across row, ending with dc in next 4 sts. Finish off and weave in ends. DO NOT TURN.
Row 6: With right side facing, working along same edge, join National Blue with sl st to first dc, ch 3, dc in next 4 dc, popcorn in next st, dc in next st, popcorn in next st, * dc in next 9 sts, popcorn in next st, dc in next st, popcorn in next st; rep from * across row, ending with dc in next 5 sts. Finish off and weave in ends. DO NOT TURN.
Row 7: With right side facing, working along same edge, join National Blue with sl st to first dc, ch 3, dc in next 5 dc, popcorn in next st, * dc in next 11 sts, popcorn in next st; rep from * across row, ending with dc in next 6 sts. Finish off and weave in ends.

Strip Second Side Edging
Row 1: (Right Side) Keeping 1 twist in all lp throughout, working on opposite side of Hairpin Lace, join White with sl st in 1st 2 lps, ch 1, sc in same lps, * ch 1, sc through next 2 lps; rep from * 4 times, ch 1, sc through next 10 lps; rep from 1st * to within last 12 lps, * ch 1, sc through next 2 lps; repeat from * 5 times. Finish off and weave in ends. DO NOT TURN.
Row 2 (of opposite side): With right side facing, working along same edge, join Twinkle Blue with sl st to 1st sc, ch 3 (counts as first dc now and throughout), dc over next ch-1, popcorn in next sc, * dc over next ch-1, dc in next sc; rep from * 4 times, dc over next ch-1, popcorn in next sc; rep from 1st * across row, ending with dc over next ch-1, dc in next sc. Finish off and weave in ends. DO NOT TURN.
Row 3: With right side facing, working along same edge, join Twinkle Blue with sl st to first dc, popcorn in same sp, dc in next 3 dc, popcorn in next st, * dc in next 7 sts, popcorn in next st, dc in next 3 sts, popcorn in next st; rep from * across row. Finish off and weave in ends. DO NOT TURN.
Row 4: With right side facing, working along same edge, join Med. Blue with sl st to first dc, ch 3, dc in next 4 dc, * popcorn in next st, dc in next 5 sts; rep from * across row. Finish off and weave in ends. DO NOT TURN.
Row 5: With right side facing, working along same edge, join Med. Blue with sl st to first dc, ch 3, dc in next 5 dc, popcorn in next st, dc in next 3 sts, popcorn in next dc, * dc in next 7 sts, popcorn in next st, dc in next 3 sts, popcorn in next st; rep from * across row, ending with dc in next 6 sts. Finish off and weave in ends. DO NOT TURN.
Row 6: With right side facing, working along same edge, join National Blue with sl st to first dc, ch 3, dc in next 6 dc, popcorn in next st, dc in next st, popcorn in next st, * dc in next 9 sts, popcorn in next st, dc in next st, popcorn in next st; rep from * across row, ending with dc in next 7 sts. Finish off and weave in ends. DO NOT TURN.
Row 7: With right side facing, working along same edge, join National Blue with sl st to first dc, ch 3, dc in next 7 dc, popcorn in next st, * dc in next 11 sts, popcorn in next st; rep from * across row, ending with dc in next 8 sts. Finish off and weave in ends.

Repeat both Side Edgings on 3 more strips.
For the 2 outer strips work to 3rd row of 2nd side.

Assembly
Sewing through back loop of sts, sew strips together matching similar edges and having the Twinkle Blue rows of the 2 end strips to outer edge.
With Twinkle Blue work a row of sc across each outer edge.

FRINGE:
Cut yarn into 12 inch lengths. Fold lengths in half and loop through each st at lower edge matching colors.

All Rights Reserved ©2010 Maggie Weldon

Enjoy,
Maggie

Comments
  1. chanel

    what brand is the yarn please? google search not bringing up anything for the color names. what a beautiful afghan!!

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