Last Thursday I finally cracked open my Clones Lace book. The above are the pieces I’ve managed to crank out in a week of squinty eyed, headache inducing concentration. Even the thickest thread used, a size 10, is horribly thin and the hooks used are nearly invisible.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was easier to learn than I anticipated; probably because of my basic knowledge of crochet. The biggest challenges to date have come from remembering that a DC is really a SC because of the conversion. The history of Clones Lace is fascinating in the book; though I admit to skipping much of it get to the knit and gritty.
The only other problem I’ve encountered is the directions are sometimes difficult to decipher. I have no idea if it’s due to my beginner knowledge of crochet, I picked up my first hook Christmas Day, or if the directions are truly confusing at times. All I do know is that the embellishment that children started with before actually graduating to the harder aspects took me hours to learn, while the wild rose took me only 40mins.
Either way I recommend this form of lace for crocheters with a smattering of knowledge and beyond and are looking for a challenge. I’ve already bought thread in green, purple and blue so I can have some verity. While I appreciate the skill to make lace I can only stand so much white.