Skimming through Ebay’s vintage crochet auctions, I stumbled upon this exquisite example of Venetian Lace. (Photo courtesy of owner/seller.)
Using a rosace center, the joins are stemmed out about 4 sts and brought back to the final round. Then eight oak leaves are added around the motif, being joined at the nubs of the leaf. Notice that one row of leaves are vertical to the rosette, while the next runs horizontal; this effect is created when a single rosette is added as a fill-in and joined to existing leaves. The large chamber coverlet is finished with fringe edging.
“rosace” – a circular ornamental architectural member that is usually a panel enclosing a richly sculptured rosette.
VENETIAN CHAMBER COVERLET
A Modern Interpretation of a Vintage Original
- DMC Baroque (skeins) Size 10 Crochet Cotton Thread or 10/2 Cotton Weaver’s Cone
- US-5 steel crochet hook
- Scissors, needle (for weaving in tails)
Sample shown in #30 thread with #11 hook.
- Ch 5, join with sl st to form ring
- Ch 6 (counts as dc + ch3), *dc in ring, ch 3, dc *repeat 7 times = 8 dc and 8 ch3 sps, join with sl st to 3rd ch
- 4 sc in sp, ch 1, *4 sc in next sp, ch 1 *repeat around. ch 1, join with sl st to first sc
- ch 1, sc in last ch-1 sp, ch 8 (counts as dc + ch5), dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 5, dc in next ch-1 sp, around. join with sl st to 3rd ch
- 6 sc in sp, sc in next dc, **ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch back (= 4), 6 sc in next sp, *sc in next ch1 sp, **repeat around, end/break thread.
- Ch 15, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next, (see note) dc in next 10, hdc in next, sc in next, turn, mirror sts back.
Note: Every 3rd st of leaf has either a double picot (ch 3, sc in 3rd ch from hook and in top of last st) or a Venetian bar (ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch back =4). Each leaf has 3 picots and 3 bars connecting in a “Y” shape and some connect with the top or bottom as well as the sides. Once you’ve completed a single rosace with 8 leaves attached and joined one rosace by two points, a drawn pattern can be made to help with subsequent motifs.
Optional joining method: If you want to make all the leaves at once then join in the final/outline round: With rosace atop, line up as if to join and note where the bars of the rosace point. Outline the leaf in sc, adding a connection bar at the joining point: ch 4, sc (backs together) in last st of rosace joining bar, sc in 3 chs back to leaf and continue sc around. This method would give the leaves a more detailed look, but also increases their size.