LEARN TO LOOP- N- LACE!
Learn a unique way to join strips together!
The Loop- N- Lace™ technique was originally created by Annie Potter one wintry afternoon while she was working on joining Mile-A- Minute Afghan strips, trying to develop a new way to simulate the cabled fisherman designs of the Aran Isles.
While experimenting with a series of loops she discovered that lacing the loops together formed a beautiful cable and joined the strips at the same time.
The process involves crocheting a chain-10, single crochet and a chain-15 loop and another single crochet all in the same stitch on the long edge of the strips. The strips are then interlaced, creating a decorative seam that frames each strip and looks like a cable.
The chain-10 and chain-15 loops are crocheted alternately across the sides of the strip. If two of the same size loops are next to each other the lacing instructions will not work evenly, so periodically check to make sure they alternate. (see Photo 1)
For the first stage of assembly, the chain-10 loops are laced up the sides of the strip. (see Photo 2)
Always beginning at the bottom and skipping over the chain-15 loops, reach through the first chain-10 and pick up the second chain-10 loop, pull it through the first loop, reaching through the last loop, pick up the next chain-10 loop and pull it through (see Photo 3); repeat this process up to the top of the strip. Next, place two strips side by side. (see Photo 4)
Beginning at the bottom, reach through first loop on the first strip, pick up the first loop on the second strip and pull through. (see Photo 5)
Reaching through the last loop, pick up the next loop on the first strip and pull through the loop on the second strip. (see Photo 6)
Repeat this process up to the top of the strips.
Remember, always start lacing in the same manner at the bottom to keep the direction of your lacing the same as you work.
Lace the remaining chain-15 loops on each outer edge in the same manner as the chain-10 loops. (see Photo 7)
To anchor the loose loop at the tops of each seam, work a row of single crochet stitches, catching them as you go, or tack them in place on the wrong side of the seam. (see Photos 8, 9 and 10) C!