Venetian Lace Pattern – Piano Scarf Project – Crochet Pattern

A good friend of ours inherited a beautiful antique piano. It was the first thing I saw when I walked in their home and noticed it didn’t have a runner. Given the odd size, 40″x80″ I think it would be difficult to find a runner. Besides, it’s too ornate for machine-made lace. I immediately thought of the ventian lace pattern and decided to make a runner for it.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve experimented with this pattern and come up with a square that works for me. Here is my variation of this classic pattern, please excuse the format, I’ve never written a pattern before. Pictures are shown below.

Venetian Lace  (4″ Square)
Royale Classic Crochet Thread, Large Ball, Size 10, Natural
2.75mm Steel Hook, embroidery scissors and tapestry needle

Skill Level: Easy +

  • ch     = chain
  • sl kn = slip knot
  • sk     = skip
  • sl st  = slip stitch
  • sc      = single crochet
  • dc      = double crochet
  • sp      = space

Begin with sl kn, ch 20 (Horizontal Grid/Mesh = 5. Starting ch calculation 5 – 1 x 3 + 8 = 20)

Row 1:  Dc in 8th ch from hook, *ch 2, sk 2, dc *repeat to end = 5 ch-2 sps. Ch 5 (counts as next row’s dc + ch 2), turn

Row 2: sk ch-2, dc in next dc, *ch 2, dc in next dc *repeat 4 times to end. Ch 5, turn

Rows 3-5: Repeat row 2. Center waffle-grid = 5 L x 5 W or 25 sps

Do not break thread.

Part I, Side 1 of 4:

Rotating toward the bar of the last dc made. Working along this side. This is the “1st sp”.

4 sc in 1st sp

4 sc in 2nd sp

ch 3    {This creates the “picot”}

4 sc in 3rd sp

ch 3

4 sc in 4th sp

Leave 5th sp unworked

ch 12


sl st in the sc now located in the 1st position of the last sp [this is actually the 4th sc of the 1st sp]

ch 1


Working over the ch-12:

3 sc, [ch 3, 3 sc] 5 times = 6 sc sets and 5 ch-3 picots

4 sc in 5th sp

Part I, Sides 2-4 of 4:

Repeat side 1.  Hint: On side 2, work over tail so you don’t have to sew it in later ;-)

Part II, Side 1 of 4:

* sl st in 1st sc of side

ch 10

sl st in 2nd ch-3 picot

ch 10

sl st in 4th ch-3 picot

ch 10

sl st in 4th sc of side

Part II, Sides 2-4 of 4:

* Repeat for each side = 3 ch-10 sps per side and 12 ch-10 sps

Part III, Sides 1-4:

Rotate. Working in 1st of 3 ch-10 sps on 1st side

(4 sc, ch 3, 4 sc, ch 3, 4 sc ) in each 10 sp; end with sl st in 1st and break thread = 6 ch-3 picots per side or 24 ch-3 picots

Break thread leaving a tail that is long enough to sew in.

Tip: Place a marker on the front of the center grid so you keep the squares front side up. It will help when joining next square.


Note that the finished venetian lace square is only square shaped when the grid is diamond shaped rather than squared. Counting 6 ch-3 picots across, you’ll notice that the first and last share a picot with the left and right side. Be sure to join in the 1st picot of the side you wish to join.

Be sure that when you join squares the backs are together, facing eachother… so that it will lay out with both top sides showing ;-)

Work 2nd venetian lace square up to the 4th ch-3 picot on the final round. {The preceeding 3 ch-3 picots are not part of the joining side.} When you come to the 4th ch-3 picot, instead of ch 3, work: ch 1, sc with backs together in 1st ch-3 picot on the side you wish to join to, ch 1 and continue work until next ch-3 picot for a total of 6 ch-3 picot joins per side.

Note that when 4 venetian lace squares are joined together, the center forms a complimentary pattern. That is what makes the venetian lace so attractive and gives it a patterned look.


Weave (sew) in the tails to secure. I do this as I go at the end of each row.

Starch and press using a steam iron set to cotton. Iron on the wrong side of the runner (not the front) and place a linen cloth between the iron and crochet runner, testing first to avoid scorching.

Pictures: I’m left-handed so you might need to look at these images in reverse (through a mirror).