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"Delta Lace" Types
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Electra Love Knot Wrap, new edition pdfSince 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)
Electra pattern, new indie edition

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.)

2 types of "delta" net: tall stitches vs chain loops
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.
Click to see blog post about this love knot tweak

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.
Top: 100% tall stitches.
Middle: 100% chain loops.
Bottom: 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).Link goes to my Rosebriar project page in Ravelry.

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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Triangles in the Round
Link goes to Ravelry project page for "Hexa Mandala"
An experiment using the chain loop type of delta lace in the round. 
 
DesigningVashti News
Look for DJC: Lotus Wings this week! It's a set of three new designs by Doris Chan. Release date: 9/12. Here's one of them in Crystal Blue:Link goes to page where Lotus Wings pattern will beDoris says, "Think of these little beauties as accessories, wardrobe accents, like generous scarves." Beauty #2 in the set:This is where the Lotus Wings pattern will be found when it's ready.
 These gift-worthy projects are shaped to stay on the shoulders, are quick to finish, and only take 2 balls of Lotus.

20% off of Lotus pastels this week! Use coupon code Lotus-pastels20 at checkout Lotus Pastels end-of-summer saleto take 20% off any amounts of these colors:
Crystal Blue, Pink Sugar, Lala Yellow, White Blaze, Bamboo Green, Peachy Keen.

Vashti's
Electra Wrap indie edition: in the shop and in Ravelry! This is the celestial love indie Electra Wrap pdf at DesigningVashti.omknot wrap from Interweave Crochet magazine, now with a color-coded stitch diagram and more. Newsletter subscribers can take 50% off until 9/12 by clicking this DVashti.com coupon:
http://bit.ly/1nCmtN6 Or this Ravelry coupon: http://bit.ly/1qoT2mw.

Help choose the next CAL in Vashti's forum...even not-yet-published designs are possible; see this threadhttp://bit.ly/Wq9re7
 
We Blogged. A lot.
Doris has been blogging about the CGOA Design Contest winners
http://dorischancrochet.com/

Vashti updated several blogs:
- About starting a yarn company"How (Not) to Sell a New Yarn at a Crochet Conference" and
"My Lotus Yarn in Magazines: What It's Like!" (as you can imagine, it's awesome.)
- Three-part visual love knot how-to
- Star Stitch Class Resources Page at the DV Shopblog.

 
Helpful DV Links
For pattern support, CALs & community: 
- Doris' Ravelry forum
 http://bit.ly/UEFCjF
- Vashti's Ravelry forum 
http://bit.ly/14gVzS6
Facebook page for this newsletter: http://on.fb.me/xh2ll2
 
Links I Enjoyed This Week

Jennifer Ryan of Celtic Knot Crochet is blogging about the impressive crochet bombing of the Radisson Hotel that took place in July for the CGOA conference:
 http://celticknotcrochet.blogspot.com/

I love Hardy Hass' delta crochet instructions & designs! 
http://bit.ly/Wvknay
Look for Karen Whooley's book and articles about delta crochet. A shawl that combines two delta crochet types! (Etsy listing)  http://etsy.me/1rjkWN5

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