|"Delta Lace" Types
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Since the 1800's, love knots have been used to make a mesh with diamond-shaped holes (four-sided spaces) - about 98% of the time. I designed the Electra Wrap because I was fascinated by what it's like to use love knots to create a net of three-sided spaces instead.
Square Spaces and Triangular Spaces (or, Crosses and Flowers)
Remember the "Jessica Simpson Shawl"? It was a crocheted triangle-shaped shawl of big triangle-holed mesh. It had really long fringe of colorful silk yarn and fabric strips, designed by Cecilia de Bucourt of Argentina. It was a hot crochet fad from 2005-'07. (These were also roughly the years of the "Martha Stewart Poncho" - remember that?) Since then, the stitch pattern has been published in a few places as "delta crochet." (Links at end of right column.)
No love knots in these two white delta meshes. On the left, chain loops only. On the right, only very tall stitches create the famous "delta crochet" pattern.
Do you look more at the spaces (triangle shapes) or the intersections (starry, flowery)?
Triangles, or...Flowers, Stars, Hexagons?
I've thought of the Electra love knot mesh as a "hexa-mesh" because I saw starry hexagons instead of triangles (i.e. "deltas"). Maybe this is why the Jessica Simpson Shawl didn't come to mind until recently.
The yarn color(s), fiber, and how plump the stitches are seem to influence our tendency to see six-pointed stars, flowers, or hexagons where one could see rows of triangles instead.
A Motley Trio of Triadic Patterns
I crocheted all three delta mesh patterns with a different color per row
to contrast how each results in a triangle mesh a unique way.
: 100% tall stitches.
: 100% chain loops.
: 100% love knots.
The experience of crocheting them is also very different!
Unique Pros & Cons
A 3-corner net is less open than a 4-corner net. I've noticed that one can use a bigger hook or taller stitches before a delta net looks "too open," like a square-holed net would. I love how warm the Electra Wrap is yet still weightless and ethereal. You can see in the previous photos that the yarn strands fill in the spaces more than they do with traditional diamond love knot mesh.
Hexa-meshes can play tricks on your eyes! While crocheting, I have to check sometimes whether I make a triangle point next, or the side of a triangle next.
Stitch diagrams make a big difference. They clear up how to begin and end a row, and thishelps to prevent accidental decreasing. Unlike filet crochet, where spaces are stacked in columns and dc's are crocheted into dc's, the stitches that make triangle spaces are staggered - akin to shell patterns and fishnet mesh (see my newsletter issue #19 contrasting filets and fishnets).
About this last photo of a pink picot hexa-mesh: I took a diamond mesh love knot pattern I invented called "Rosebriar" and tried converting it to a delta-type lace instead. Pretty, isn't it? Click the image to go to the original Rosebriar project page in Ravelry.
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