Honeycomb (simple pattern)

Honeycomb picture

Honeycomb pattern

This pattern uses 12 pairs and one gimp (or 25 bobbins). It is a simple Bucks Point pattern. It uses picots and a gimp.

Hang two pairs of bobbins wound with ordinary thread from each start pin. Hang an extra bobbin wound with a thicker thread from the pin marked '3'. (Obviously you can't hang a single bobbin from a pin. So tie a knot with the end of the thread round the pin.)

The footside is a cloth footside. The net, to the right of the gimp, is Bucks Point ground. This has been marked in green on the pattern. The gimp is a single thread which passes between a pair of ordinary threads. Click here to see how to do this. The gimp is not hung from pins (except the first one, which I have suggested you use a knot to stop it pulling out!) It winds between other threads. The gimp does tend to hang loose when worked, so work the threads crossing the gimp to the pins below the gimp, then gently tug the gimp to make sure that it doesn't have loops in it.

To the left of the gimp, there is honeycomb net. This is marked in pale blue on the pattern, and also where each thread goes. This can be a little tricky when you start working it, to make sure that you pick up the right threads to work each pin. It is best to work it pin by pin, making sure that you have worked all pins above the position that you are at the moment. I also found that I got confused between the honeycomb net and the Bucks Point ground. The ground stitch is half stitch and two twists. The honeycomb is half stitch and one twist, pin, then another half stitch and one twist. Since half stitch itself contains a twist of the bobbins, I found myself counting the twists all the time, trying to get them right! If you look closely at the photo, you can see once when I did a Bucks Point ground rather than a honeycomb, and once when I did a honeycomb rather than a ground stitch. On the whole, you can work a block of one stitch or the other, either side of the gimp. But one pair of threads are worked in honeycomb, then cross the gimp to work a ground stitch, then return to work a honeycomb (this is the point where the gimp is closest to the footside) and yes, that is one of the places where I made a mistake!

The headside is a standard Bucks Point headside. Click here to see how to do it.

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