Lace Collars: Crochet Lace

Figure 1.--While difficult to confirm, these two California children appear to be brothers. Notice the lace collars on their identical dresses. It appears to be crocheted lace.

The lace collar pages of HBC have proven particularly difficult. This is because I know virtually nothing about lace. As a result, analizing the available images is extremely difficult. HBC has had a difficult time assessing the different types of lace. A few are relatively easy to identify, some much more difficult. One type of lace is crocheted lace, that is lace produced by crocheting. The authots believe that crocheted lace was most likely to have been made by a boys mother or other family member. I believe that the crocheted lace is relatively difficult to identify because of its more crude, rougher appearance--although this may be because HBC simply does not fully understand this type of lace. These crocheted collars also appear larger than many other types. Crocheted lace appears to have been done in several differet countries.

Figure 2--These German boys look to be wearing crocheted lace collars. I am not sure what they are wearing, but it appears to be back buttoning.

Crocheting lace is still a popular craft activity. A hufe number of patterns are available. Few of these patterns are for lace collars, however, as they are so rarely worn in our modern era, even by women

Christopher Wagner

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Created: December 27, 1998
Last updated: December 27, 1998