Faggot Beading

This series of patterns plainly shows one of the routes by which true lace develops from a faggoting stitch, and should be studied carefully. Two particular things about Faggot Beading display its ancestral relationship to a real lace pattern. First, the pattern is expanded to two or more rows, which makes possible a greater degree of variation. Second, the openwork is formed only on the right-side rows, and thus consists of a double twisted strand spanning the space, rather than two single strands arranged in herringbone fashion as in older types of faggoting. This double twisted strand is characteristic of most lace patterns, and can give a more open quality to the fabric than the herringbone design, which requires considerable stretching.

Two types of Faggot Beading are given, which are very simple patterns but have a problem: they tend to pull the fabric on the bias because the decreases are made always on the same side of the yarn-overs. A third type is also given, which solves this problem, though not by the method used in most other lace patterns.

GARTER STITCH FAGGOT BEADING

This pattern retains the Garter Stitch foundation of other faggoting patterns, with knit stitchcs on the wrong side although the openwork is formed only on the right side.

Multiple of 3 sts.

Row 1 (Right side)—* Kl, yo, k2 tog; rep from *. Row 2—Knit.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2.

STOCKINETTE STITCH FAGGOT BEADING

This type of beading presents a smoother appearance than the Garter Stitch type because, like most other lace patterns, the wrong-side rows are purled. It is very close in form to the Lace Trellis, and makes a bias fabric in the same manner, which somewhat limits its utility.

Multiple of 3 sts.

Row 1 (Right side)—* Kl, (yo) twice, k2 tog; rep from *. Row 2—Purl, purling each first yo once and dropping cach second yo off needle.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2.

VANDYKE FAGGOT

In this beautiful type of faggoting the bias problem is solved in a unique way—not by pairing decreases in the same row, as most lace patterns do (i.e., a "k2 tog" counteracted by a "ssk"), but by reversing the decreases in every other row. Thus in Row 1 the decrease is located to the left of the yo, in Row 3 to its right. As a result the ribs are drawn first to one side and then to the other in a wavy line. (See also Vertical Lace Trellis).

Multiple of 3 sts.

Row 1 (Right side)—* Kl, (yo) twice, k2 tog; rep from *. Row 2—Purl, purling each first yo once and dropping each second yo off needle. Row 3—* K2 tog, (yo) twice, kl; rep from *. Row 4—Repeat Row 2.

above: Garter Stitch Faggot Beading center: Stockinette Stitch Faggot Beading below: Vandyke Faggot
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