Various Fancy Braids - Edging With Gordon Braid - Solomon's Knots and Fancy Antimacassar Braid - Honiton Braid Edging - Honiton Braid Motif - Vandyke Braid Edging

Cotton crochet worked in conjunction with braids, which are obtainable in quite a variety of effective patterns, affords a pleasing change from plain crochet work, as well as making a lasting form of trimming. These braids are bought by the card, and cost from 6 1/2d. to 10 1/2d. the card.

Fig. i shows a few of the braids, while directions for using them are given in this article with illustrations.

Fig. 1, 1. Gordon braid 2. Fancy antimacassar braid 3. Honiton lace braid 4. Vandyke braid 5. Antimacassar braid

Fig. 1, 1. Gordon braid 2. Fancy antimacassar braid 3. Honiton lace braid 4. Vandyke braid 5. Antimacassar braid

A Simple Edging Suitable for Children's Underclothing, made with Gordon Braid

1st row. - Commence with a slipstitch into the 1st loop of the braid, miss 6 loops, 1 double crochet into the next loop, * 2 chain, 1 double crochet into next loop, repeat from * 4 more times (working altogether into 6 of the loops and forming 5 spaces), miss 6 loops, 1 double crochet into next, and continue from 1st * to the end of the row.

Fig. 2. Edging with Gordon braid

Fig. 2. Edging with Gordon braid

2nd row. - Work on other side of the braid in exactly the same way, but miss the loops on braid opposite to those worked into in 1st row, thus forming the scallop.

3rd row. - To form a heading: Work * 1 treble into 2nd space of upper scallop, 2 chain, 1 double crochet into next space, 2 chain, 1 treble into next, 3 chain, 1 double or long treble between the scallops, 3 chain, repeat from * for length required.

This simple and quickly worked edging is specially suitable for infants' clothing.

Trimming Made with Solomon's Knots and Fancy Antimacassar Braid

1 st row. - Make a slip loop and insert hook into it, and into 1st loop of braid, 1 single crochet to start with, then I Solomon's knot (a Solomon's knot is made by drawing out the stitch, or loop, on hook and pulling the cotton through the loop and making a double crochet in the back part of the loop); miss

1 loop on the braid, 1 double crochet into next loop, a Solomon's knot and double crochet into next loop, and continue to end of row.

2nd row. - Insert hook into the centre of the Solomon's knot in last row, make 1 Solomon's knot, 1 double crochet into the 1st space (2 threads), 1 double crochet into the next space (2 threads), after the double crochet in last row, and continue to end of row.

3rd row. - 3 chain, 1 double crochet into middle of Solomon's knot of last row, * 4 chain, 1 double crochet into the same place, 4 chain, 1 double crochet into same place, 4 chain, 1 double crochet into same place, 3 chain, 1 double crochet on next double crochet in last row, 3 chain, 1 double crochet into middle of next Solomon's knot; continue from * to end of row.

Fig. 3. Solomon's knots and fancy antimacassar braid

Fig. 3. Solomon's knots and fancy antimacassar braid

For the heading. - 2 chain, 1 double crochet into every loop of braid.

Honiton Braid Edging

Note. - Work into the lower edge of braid first.

1st row. - 1 double treble over a cord connecting the two patterns of braid together, * 2 chain, 1 treble into 3rd hole on the outside edge of braid, 2 chain, 1 double crochet into middle of outside edge of braid, 2 chain, 1 treble, missing 3 holes, 3 chain, 1 double treble over cord between patterns of braid; continue from * to end of the row.

2nd row. - 1 treble into 1st space, * 2 chain, 1 treble into next space, repeat from *.

3rd row. - The same as 2nd.

4th row. - * 1 treble, miss I, 1 chain - viz.. a treble into every other stitch with 1 chain between; continue from * to end of row.

For the edge. - i double treble over cord connecting the ovals of braid, 2 chain, I double crochet into second hole of oval,

5 chain, 1 single crochet into first chain, to form a picot, make two more picots, 1 double crochet into same hole of braid as last double crochet, 2 chain, miss 2 holes, 1 double crochet into next, 2 chain, miss 2 holes, 1 double crochet into next, 3 picots,

Fig. 4. Honiton braid edging

Fig. 4. Honiton braid edging

I double crochet into same hole as last,

2 chain, miss 2 holes, 1 double crochet into next, 2 chain, 1 double treble over connecting cord, and proceed in this way for required length.

Honiton Braid Motif

1st row. - Crochet 8 chain, join.

2nd row. - *i treble into centre hole, 2 chain, and continue from * until there are 8 trebles made.

3rd row. - 3 chain, then 6 trebles into each of the eight spaces of previous row (made by the 2 chain).

Fig. 5. Honiton braid motif

Fig. 5. Honiton braid motif

4th row. - The braid is now worked into, therefore cut a piece so that eight of the Honi-ton ovals come in the length, and join it into a circle by sewing it together, then do 4 chain and a single crochet into the outside edge of braid (at the corner), * 4 chain, a double crochet into treble of previous row, missing 3 trebles, 4 chain, single crochet into the outside edge of braid (at next corner), 4 chain, double crochet into treble of previous row, missing 3 trebles, 4 chain, one single crochet into next pattern of braid, and continue from * all round; break off.

5th row. - * Single crochet into top outside edge of braid (at the corner), 4 chain, single crochet into centre of outside edge of braid, 4 chain, single crochet into next outside corner of braid, 8 chain to make an arch between the Honiton points, and continue from * all round.

6th row. - * 6 chain, 1 double crochet into 1st loop of 4 chain, 6 chain, 1 double crochet into next loop, 6 chain, 1 double crochet into loop of 8 chain, 6 chain, 1 double crochet into same loop; repeat from * all round.

7th row. - 6 chain, double crochet into every loop of previous row.

8th row. - * 6 chain and a single crochet into 1st chain (to form a picot), double crochet into space of previous row; continue from * all round.

Fig. 6. Vandyke braid edging

Fig. 6. Vandyke braid edging

A Simple Edging with Vandyke Braid

For the edge of pattern. - 1st row. - * 1 treble into the right-hand side of vandyke, 2 chain 1 treble into the top point of same vandyke, 3 chain 1 treble on left side of point, 2 chain 1 treble a little lower down the point of braid; continue from * to the end of row.

2nd row. - * 1 treble into second treble (on right side of point) of last row, 3 chain 1 treble into 1st of 3 chain, 3 chain 1 treble into next stitch, 3 chain 1 treble into the same stitch, 3 chain 1 treble into next stitch, 3 chain 1 treble into treble of previous row, 1 double crochet into the 1st treble worked into the point of next vandyke of braid, 7 chain 1 double into next treble; continue from * to the end of the row.

3rd row. - * 1 double crochet into space made by the 1st 3 chain of second row, 5 chain 1 treble into the 1st of the 5 chain, 1 double crochet into next space. Continue from * 3 times, then 3 chain, 1 double crochet into middle of the 7 chain, 3 chain, and continue from the beginning of the row.

For the heading. - Do the other side of vandyke the same as 1st row of edging.

2nd row. - 1 treble into 1st 3 chain of previous row, 5 chain 1 double crochet into next space, 5 chain 1 treble into next space, and continue to the end of row.

3rd row. - * 1 double crochet into 5 chain of last row, 5 chain, and continue from * to end of the row