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A Pincushion to Make in Irish Crochet

Oct 14, 2007
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File Size: 250.9kB

Published: October 15, 2007
Technique: Crochet, Lace
Skill Level: Easy

The stitches of Irish crochet are simple; what strikes the beginner to this craft is the sheer number of them required to make the smallest piece. The pincushion with rose center and leaf appliqués shown here, of the sort our grandmothers made by the gross to join into banquet cloths and fullsize bedspreads, requires nearly 2,000 stitches. Its 12-inch (30.5-cm) length of simple edging, also of the sort our grandmothers worked by the furlong to trim bed and table linens, hankies, curtains, corsets, and petticoats, is fashioned of more than 1,200 individual stitches.

The pincushion takes some shortcuts. The center rose is worked from the center out; its petals have detached edges, which provide the threedimensional effect of traditional Irish crocheted lace. The background network, rather than being worked separately, is worked continuously outward from the last row of rose petals. The leaf motifs are worked separately and appliquéd in place to the finished piece.

If you are new to crocheted lace, this small project will give you a taste of how such work was done and a sense of the time and attention it commanded. If you are familiar with the chain, slip, single, and double stitches used in all crochet, you can expect to spend perhaps four hours on the rose square and an equal amount of time on the edging. Stitching up the pincushion takes only a matter of minutes.

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JanL@11 wrote
on Dec 16, 2009 5:11 PM
candlie wrote
on Sep 4, 2009 8:03 PM

Usually, (at least that is what I think), a pdf file will not open in word for windows.  That is why you are getting all that funny lettering and stuff.  Normally you need to install acrobat pdf reader to open a pdf file.  You can download and install this free at

It doesn't cost anything and Adobe will automatically update it when there are new updates available.  I hope this doesn't come too late for you.  Enjoy.

fawnlet wrote
on Aug 4, 2009 1:34 PM

I just saw this in an old Piecework magazine and hoped that the pattern would still be on this site.


It is! Whew.


This is a lovely, small try out pattern  as far as I am concerned.


it is not so big that it overwhelms me, nor so small that Irish crochet would not be given a good workout for my brain and hands.


Thank you for the pattern.

Liezel wrote
on Jan 9, 2009 7:00 PM
Pincushion? It is way to pretty just to use as a pincushion. Why not use it as the pilllow for wedding rings? Perfect size and some lavender in the stuffing and it's also great for the lingerie drawer? I wish I were a crocheter instead of a knitter.
ConnieB@2 wrote
on Aug 1, 2008 7:49 PM

More than likely, that particular pdf file is encryped.  If so, that is why you are getting a bunch of letters and stuff that doesn't make any sense.  

SusieJ wrote
on Jul 10, 2008 4:43 PM

Hi:  I tried to download  a couple of your patterns and all I got was a bunch of letters and stuff that didn't make any sense.

The download didn't turn out right at all.  I usually open them in pdf form in word for windows to copy and print them out. What am I doing wrong?

ConnieB@2 wrote
on Jun 18, 2008 2:05 PM

I crocheted this pincushion last winter a couple of times.  I takes a while because the tread is so small.  But if your lighting is good and you use higher powered glasses ( if you need to), it's worth it to give it a try.  The first one was done as instructions stated.  Then I got an idea to use pearl beads at the picots.  I had to revise the amount of chains, but it turned out beautiful.  I will probably make more of them.

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