When Your Strips Are Not the Same Length

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For a typical garment or blanket, your hairpin lace strip will have hundreds upon hundreds of loops.  Few people enjoy keeping count of how many loops they have worked on the loom.  A technique that many find easier is to determine the target length of the strip and then to work about an inch more strip than required.  In this way, it is only necessary to keep track of the total length of the strip and remove the strip from the loom once the adjusted length has been attained. 

Near the end of joining 2 strips together, it will be very apparent which strip is too long and must be made shorter.  That is why it is best practice to start joining strips from the starting edge of the strips:  it is easy to unravel loops to even up strips from the tie-off edge of the strips.  Working in this way requires little effort with precise results.  

 

Hairpin Lace, When Your Stirps Are Not the Same Length, Step 1

 

Near the end of joining 2 strips, it will be very apparent which strip is too long and must be made shorter.

Hairpin Lace, When Your Stirps Are Not the Same Length, Step 2

 

Unravel the loops on one (or both) strips until the desired length is attained.  Be very careful not to pull out too much or to lose the "working loop" of the strip once the last loop has been pulled out.  Insert your crochet hook into this "working loop".  Trim the yarn as necessary and pull the tail through the loop to secure.

Hairpin Lace, When Your Stirps Are Not the Same Length, Step 3


This method makes it easy and effortless to achieve precise results.

 

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