A Black Forest Lace Anklet

Try making A Black Forest Lace Anklet with crochet cotton thread. Decorate with beads.
Try making A Black Forest Lace Anklet with crochet cotton thread. Decorate with beads.

 

I made this anklet for myself and I wear it a lot now. It is made from black cotton thread and dark green colour lace yarn of blended mink (70%), merino (20%) and silk (10%).

The cotton thread is size 8 and the mink blended yarn is lace weight. I used 1mm crochet hook.

After several weeks, the mink blend yarn started to “bloom” and the result is an amazing difference in texture between the cotton heading and the lace edging – sharp vivid texture of cotton and fuzzy texture of mink.

Here (below) is the crochet pattern schematic for the anklet. You must start with the cotton thread heading, a chain in multiples of 12 +1, a length that is a bit longer than your ankle measurements since you will be using an elastic later to fit. You can opt to use ties or buttons if you prefer.

The crochet symbol chart for A Black Forest Lace Anklet.
The crochet symbol chart for A Black Forest Lace Anklet.

 

I decided not to crochet this in the round. Instead, I crocheted this as a lace strip then sewed the ends together. I wove a black elastic through the holes in the heading and sewed the ends of the elastic together.

Then using the same mink blended yarn, I made the bead decoration. I used antique-bronze style glass beads and wooden cylinder beads.

The result is a beautiful bohemian piece of jewellery which goes quite nicely at the hems of a long flowing skirt. I call this anklet “Black Forest Lace” because the colours remind me of the deep hues of the pines forests in Europe.

A closer view of the anklet. I made this design originally for a necklace made with the same yarns and beads.
A closer view of the anklet. I made this design originally for a necklace made with the same yarns and beads.

Antique Lace Thong

Crocheted thong inspired by the antique crochet lace of Flora  Klickmann
Crocheted thong inspired by the antique crochet lace of Flora Klickmann

 

This thong is inspired by the Myla Gail Brazilian thong. It is made up of 2 parts: (1) the basic crocheted thong, and (2) the wide antique lace that goes around the thong. The lace is simply sewn over the basic thong, and a waistband is crocheted over the two layers of crocheted fabric. Finally, the thong is decorated with sheer organdy ribbons and pearl beads in the front and back.

The Myla Gail Brazilain thong has large ribbons at the back and loops of pearls at the side but I decided to forego these for the sake of simplicity. This thong also has a “keyhole” feature at the back and you can easily make this if you wish. You will just need to modify a basic crochet thong pattern to make the split at the back.

Crocheted thong inspired by the antique crochet lace of Flora  Klickmann
Crocheted thong inspired by the antique crochet lace of Flora Klickmann

 

Using half double crochet stitches, I made the basic thong in one piece starting at the front and decreasing into a triangle shape. Then I continued to the crotch and the narrow strip at back which is about 5 stitches wide. Then about 2 inches before reaching the last row at the back, I split to make the “keyhole” feature.

The thong may be worn with ties or with an elastic.

Detail of the front of the crocheted lace thong.
Detail of the front of the crocheted lace thong.

 

Detail of the keyhole design at the back of the thong.
Detail of the keyhole design at the back of the thong.

 

The Basic Crocheted Thong

There are plenty of free crochet thong / bikini bottom / g-string patterns on the Internet. Almost all of them are constructed the same way – in one piece, from back to front (or from front to back), and then ties at the sides.

Here are some patterns that I found. You can use these as guide for making the basic crochet thong (or bikini if you prefer). Below I include an illustration showing various styles of panties, showing back views of Thong and G-string.

Drops Design’s Tripoli Bikini
Drops Design’s Bikini with fan Edge
Lion Brand Yarn’s Rio Bikini
Drops Design’s Crocheted Bikini in Safran
Paton’s Bikini

Guide to styles of panties. Illustration from the Wikimedia Commons.
Guide to styles of panties. Illustration from the Wikimedia Commons.

 

Instructions for Crochet Lace based on Underwear Lace by Flora Klickmann

Hook: Steel crochet hook 1mm
Yarn: Silk Cashmere Fingering Weight yarn

Make this of suitable length to go around your hips. If you are making a thong that ties at the sides, then you must make two of these lace strips that is each half the size of your hips.

Row 1: Chain 8, in first chain make (double crochet, chain 3, double crochet), chain 7, turn.

Row 2: 4 single crochet in first space, chain 3, 4 single crochet in second space. Chain 6, turn.

Row 3: 4 single crochet in in first space, chain 3, in next space make (double crochet, chain 3, double crochet), chain 7, turn.

Succeeding rows: Repeat rows 2-3 until the lace is of desired length. End with row 2 and with multiples of 2+1 number of 6-chain loops. End with chain 4 instead of chain 7. Turn.

Now continue making the scallop edge:

Double crochet in 3-chain loop, chain 1, single crochet in top of double crochet, *chain 14, turn, slip stitch in single crochet, chain 6, remove hook from loop, insert hook in third chain, catch loop and draw through the chain (picot made), chain 3, single crochet in next 6-chain loop, repeat from * to the last 6-chain loop. Fasten off.

With right side facing, join thread with single crochet to second 14-chain loop, *(chain 10, single crochet in same 14-chain loop) 5 times, chain 4, pass 4-chain behind the five 10-chain loops and join with slip stitch to the base of the first 10-chain loop; chain 5, 5 double crochet in each of the five 10-chain loops, chain 1, turn, single crochet in first double crochet, (chain 5, single crochet in space between 10-chain loop) 4 times, chain 5, single crochet in top of 5-chain, slip stitch in previous 14-chain loop to join, turn. In each 5-chain loop make (3 single crochet, chain 5, 3 single crochet, chain 5, 3 single crochet). Slip stitch in next 14-chain loop to join. Chain 5, single crochet in next 14-chain loop. Repeat from * to the last 14-chain loop. Fasten off.

Ribbon and beads decorate the thong.
Ribbon and beads decorate the thong.

 

Trim

This trim is done around the waist and around the openings for the legs.

Join with single crochet to edge of thong. *Chain 3, 2 double crochet in single crochet, skip 2 stitches, single crochet in next stitch. Repeat from * for the scallop edge pattern.

More Detail Photos of the Crocheted Lace Thong