Tunisian Lace Curtains

Pink lace could be a recipe for sugar-sweet disaster, but not if it’s balanced with geometric structure and trimmed in a tonal color. These surprising Tunisian lace curtain panels hit just the right balance—open, airy and light—with just the right amount of color contrast at the curtain rod band.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Approximately 60” x 24” (each panel)

Gauge: Approx. 13 stitches/6 rows = 4” in Tunisian pattern st. (Gauge is not critical for this project)

Materials

Yarn: Blonde Chicken Boutique Hemp Laceweight (100% hemp; 625 yards [570 meters]/56 grams): Pink (MC, 2 skeins, Champagne (CC, 1 skein)
Hooks: US size H/8 (5.0 mm) Tunisian crochet hook, US size H/8 (5.0 mm) conventional crochet hook
Notions: 14 feet 7/8” sheer ribbon in colorway champagne, large-eyed sewing needle, tapestry needle

Abbreviations

Fwd pass: forward pass
Rtn pass: Return pass
Tdc: Tunisian double crochet
Tss: Tunisian simple stitch

Special Stitches

Tunisian extended stitch (Tes): *ch 1, tss in next stitch, ch 1. Repeat from * across row. Rtn pass: yoh, draw through 1 lp on hook, *yoh, draw through 2 lps on hook. Repeat from * across row.
Twisted Tunisian double crochet (Twtdc): *yoh, insert hook from r to l into front vert bar of next st, yoh and pull up a lp, yoh and draw through two lps on hook. Repeat from * across row. Rtn pass: yoh, draw through 1 lp on hook, *yoh, draw through 2 lps on hook. Repeat from * across row.

Pattern Notes

Panels are created vertically, with curtain rod pocket created after main body of curtain panel is completed.
When creating main body of curtain panels, never turn work. When working all forward rows of Tunisian stitches, always skip the first stitch in the row; additionally, work in pattern stitch until last stitch in row and always end row working Tss in final stitch.
Tip: Creating your initial chain in a hook one size larger than pattern calls for can aid in creating a flat, non-curling initial row.

Pattern

With size H conventional crochet hook and MC, ch 176.
Foundation row: Fwd pass: with size H tunisian crochet hook, yoh and pull up a lp in second ch from hk and in each ch across row – 175 lps on hook. Rtn pass: yoh, draw through 1 lp on hook, *yoh, draw through 2 lps on hook. Repeat from * across row.
Row 1: Work one row of Tss.
Row 2: Work one row of Tdc.
Row 3: Work one row of Tes.
Row 4: Work one row of Twtdc.
Repeat rows 1-4 for 37 rows, ending with a row of Tss.
Final Row: *Tss in next st and pull through lp on hook. Repeat from * across row. Fasten off.

Finishing

Wet block curtain body to prescribed dimensions, using scant amount of hair conditioner in blocking water and rinsing thoroughly.

Curtain Rod Pocket

With rs facing and size H conventional crochet hook, attach CC in top right corner. Work 86 sc evenly across row. Turn.
Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as first hdc and ch 1); sk next sc, hdc in next sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, hdc in next sc. Repeat from * across row. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in every ch 1 space and hdc across row, ending with a dc in second ch of ch-3 of previous row. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc across row. Turn.
Repeat row 3 for three more rows.
Row 7: Ch 3 (counts as first hdc and ch 1), sk next dc, hdc in next dc, *ch 1, sk next dc, hdc in next dc. Repeat from * across row, ending with a hdc in top of ch 3 of previous row. Fasten off, leaving a 36” tail.
Fold end of curtain rod pocket lengthwise to ws of curtain, lining up hdc and ch-1 sps of 7th row with 1st row. Pin in place. Thread fastening off tail into large-eyed sewing needle and sew bottom of curtain rod pocket.

Ribbon Placement

Cut a 32” piece of ribbon. With rs of curtain facing, weave ribbon through hdc/ch-1 openings in rod pocket. Once woven across width of curtain, make a loose knot with approximately 1” of ribbon extending beyond knot. Repeat knot at other end of curtain rod pocket. Cut any excess, creating a deep diagonal cut on each edge.

Optional Ribbon Tie

Cut a 32” piece of ribbon, creating a deep diagonal cut on each end. Fold curtain in half lengthwise. Weave ribbon through stitches widthwise at fold.
Thread curtain rod through curtain rod pocket. Hang.yarn ball

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