Grounds for Torchon

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 Hang 2 pairs on each pin.  Work the first section in Brussels ground -- tctc pin tctc.  In the diagrams every intersection in red is tctc.  

 Section 1

 All the red intersections are TCTC   So each pin is worked     
     TCTC pin TCTC

Work in diagonal rows. It is more efficient.
Section 2: transition using braids.

The thick light blue lines represent braids/plaits made of 2 pairs.
Section 3
 All the green intersections are TC.   Each ground pin in the interior is worked
     TC pin TC
 But the edge pins are worked     TCTC pin TCTC. This makes a firmer edge.
The corners can be worked in cloth stitch -- ctc
or in half stitch -- tc
or in double stitch -- tctc
 Section 4

 Each red intersection is worked TCTC
 All green intersections are TC  But the hatch marks indicate an extra twist. 

 So each ground pin is worked TTC pin TTC

 Each edge pin is worked TCTC pin TCTC
 Section 5

 In this one the stitch after the pin (beneath the pin) is different from the one above the piin.

 So each ground pin is worked TTC pin TC
  Then work another corner section, similar to the first.  
Section 6
 For this one use the same stitches as for section 3.  This makes a honeycomb ground unit. 
     TTC pin TTC

 But do TCTC pin TCTC along both edges.
Work the transition in the same way as for section 2.
Section 7
 Use the same stitch as for section 1.  TCTC pin TCTC   
Section 8
 This has various names. In English it is called rose ground. Other names are Virgin ground, 5 hole ground (usually worked with only 1 pin in the center).

 Work every pin TC pin TC

 The thick blue lines in some places along the edge are braids/plaits, worked CTCTCTCTC.  
The transition between Section 8 and Section 9 is worked as a rectangular tally, longer than it is wide. The working method is the same as for a square tally.

Square or rectangular tally.
Section 9
 In this variant the corner pins are not closed.  


    Last edited:   01/19/20