Continuing my work on “Theory – Adopting Crochet Design to Tiny Bottoms“, I had another close look at the Myla Gail Brazilian and decided to finally actually crochet the lace that will go over the thong.
This lace is found in Flora Klickmann’s “the Home Art Crochet Book”, an antique book donated by Judith Combs to the Antique Pattern Library.
I tried the Cluny Lace pattern as mentioned in the previous post but that proved to be difficult. The pattern called for very fine thread which I didn’t have and when I tried it in size 20 thread I ended up with a very large piece of lace with very large meshes. It wasn’t right.
As for Flora Klickmann’s lace, I think it’s perfect. I made several test crochets using white and black cotton threads.
While crocheting the lace, I made a few modifications and took note of them. Nevertheless, the pattern by Klickmann was very clear and very well written. Some people avoid using antique books because the language seem obscure and the instructions are not very explicit (as crocheters then were expected to be very expertly skilled), but I would recommend Flora Klickmann’s book for those who are new to the antique crochet patterns.
At the moment, I am crocheting the lace in silk-cashmere yarn, which is a good strong but soft yarn. I also chose a light pink colour, so my version of the Myla Gail Brazilian will be very feminine.
Here is the pattern for the lace border by Flora Klickmann. Later, when I am finished with the thong, I write out the pattern with my modifications.
While I would recommend the Russian-language crochet fashion magazines, I hope you find some time to check out the wonderful antique books too.