Lacet Free Instructions for Learning How to Crochet a Lacet

Lacet Definition: What Is a Lacet?

A “lacet” is a crochet stitch pattern that is often incorporated into filet crochet designs. The abbreviation for lacet is “La,” as specified in several antique and vintage crochet publications that I own.

How to Crochet a Lacet:

Lacet Instructions From Richardson’s Crocheted Edgings and Insertions — Make a ch, skip 5 sts, *1 dc, 3 ch sts, skip 2 sts, 1 sc, 3 ch sts, skip 2 sts, from * forms 1 lacet.

The above instructions were originally published in 1916.

I compared these instructions against the directions given in a couple of more updated, contemporary crochet books, and found that they are similar, but have slight differences. So if you are working from a pattern, I suggest referring to the pattern for the definition of a lacet as it applies to that specific pattern. It is possible that you may find slight variations in lacet instructions if viewing different patterns.


Richardson’s Crocheted Edgings and Insertions, Book No 3, Published by the Richardson Silk Company in 1916

Novelty Crochet Patterns, Book No 7, Published by Novelty Art Studios in 1916

The Harmony Guide to Crochet Stitches Volume 1, by James Walters and Sylvia Cosh. ISBN# 0-7111-0028-4.

Lovely Decor in Filet Crochet (Leisure Arts #5126) by Susan Lowman, published by Leisure Arts. ISBN# 978-1-60900-044-8.

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2 thoughts on “Lacet Free Instructions for Learning How to Crochet a Lacet

  • February 14, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Just a quick thank you for this explanation of lacet stitch. I’m attempting a 1924 pattern that uses this stitch.

    • March 22, 2019 at 3:09 am

      Hi Emma! You’re welcome! That sounds like an interesting project. I hope it will turn out beautifully.

      Best wishes,


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