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Dolphin Lace from Weldon's 1887, with an Insertion of Miss Lambert's Centre Pattern for a Shetland Scarf, 1845

November 2006
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
4.0 mm (G)
650 yards (594 m)
12" x 57" / 30.5 cm x 144.8 cm

Dolphin lace from Weldon’s 1887, with an insert of Miss Lambert’s centre pattern for a Shetland scarf, 1845.

Difficulty: Experienced Lace

Measurements: 12” x 57”

Yarn Weight/Yardage: #2 Fine Weight / 650 yds

Yarn & Colorway: Shown in book in hand-spun silk. Alternate yarns: HABU 2/10 Kusaki-Zome or almost any fine weight yarn.


  • 4.5mm/US 7 straight needles, or size to obtain gauge
  • 4mm/G crochet hook


  • Stitch markers
  • Blunt needle

Note: Match the tension of the bind-off to the cast-on edge.

Pages: 106-107

Yarn note: This pattern calls for what the book refers to as “level 2/fine weight” yarn. The recommended yarn is a handspun, and thus not commercially available. The alternative yarn suggested, Habu 2/10 Kusaki-Zome, is a fingering weight yarn, although other suggested yarns (listed in the back of the book) vary from light fingering to lace (Kid Silk Haze, for instance, is also listed as a level 2 yarn.) Swatching is recommended.

Additional notions: This pattern calls for a crochet cast-on and crochet border on both the cast-on and bind-off edges using a 4mm/G crochet hook.