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Stacey14
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Posted - 09/13/2005 :  07:07:34 AM  Show Profile  Visit Stacey14's Homepage Send Stacey14 a Private Message
Does anyone know where I can get a pattern to make a lucet? (or actually, just how big the hole in the middle ususally is - I think I can figure the rest out...)

thanks!

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Lanea
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Posted - 09/13/2005 :  07:40:37 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message
The hole in the middle (in the yoke between the horns) isn't actually necessary. I never use mine. If you want to add one, make it large enough to hold five strands or so of the type of yarn you intend to lucet.

http://crazylanea.typepad.com/
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Stacey14
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Posted - 09/13/2005 :  10:40:02 AM  Show Profile  Visit Stacey14's Homepage Send Stacey14 a Private Message
Thanks! I have a spare chunk of wood and wanted to try to make one!

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Susan T-O
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Posted - 09/13/2005 :  6:40:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit Susan T-O's Homepage Send Susan T-O a Private Message
My lucet (handmade by my husband) doesn't even have a hole. Stacey, hope you have fun as much fun making yours as Ralph did making mine!

--Susan T-O in Long Beach CA

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most discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny.'" --Isaac Asimov
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chris
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Posted - 09/14/2005 :  10:19:21 AM  Show Profile Send chris a Private Message
Thank you for bringing this up! I had seen these used at Ren Faire when I was there with a greyhound group and therefore had no chance to actually talk to the people using them. I've wondered ever since what they were and what the end product was used for. Now I know and am going to badger Tony into making me one!

Before he gets to do that, could you get a similar product by just using two prongs of a spool knitter? I can see how this would make great drawstring for a chemise or lacing for a bodice!!

chris

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KnitKnut
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Posted - 09/17/2005 :  10:24:03 AM  Show Profile Send KnitKnut a Private Message
OK, I give up. What is a lucet, and is it a noun or a verb? What is the final product, either the lucet (if it's a noun) or the fiber piece (if it's a verb). I am totally out of it on this one, and you've piqued my curiosity.

Marie from NC
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Susan T-O
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Posted - 09/19/2005 :  5:39:43 PM  Show Profile  Visit Susan T-O's Homepage Send Susan T-O a Private Message
Marie, a lucet is a device for making a square-knot cord out of string or yarn. It looks similar to an old-fashioned slingshot, with the tips curving slightly outward and no rubber band. You make a slip knot over one prong (I always start on the right), then wrap the yarn in a figure eight so you end up with one loop on the second prong and the slip knot & one yarn loop over the first. Bring the slip knot up and over the loop, then pull the working yarn so you end up with a snug little knot in the middle of your figure eight. You need to keep a good grip on your yarn tail/already made cord when you do this. Put a second loop over the second prong, lift the first over it, and snug it. Continue in this manner, first over one prong then over the second, until the cord is the length you want. To end, cut your working yarn leaving about 8" or so. Run this through the loop on the prong that is "next in line" to be worked, slip the loop off, and pull until it is gently snug. Run the tail through the last loop, slip the loop off, and pull snug. If you pull the first tail too tightly, you will not be able to snug the final loop.

It's easier than it sounds, honest!!

Chris, you're right, it makes a great bodice lace. I used one on my bodice for about 5 years before I had to replace it. Mind you, it probably would have lasted longer if I hadn't gained weight & put extra stress on it :-) Not sure you could make it on a knitting spool, though; I think you would have problems with the loops slipping off when you snug the knots.

--Susan T-O etc.

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most discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny.'" --Isaac Asimov
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Lanea
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Posted - 09/20/2005 :  06:02:56 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message
Marie, here is a very pretty lucet: http://www.dropspindle.info/accessories.html#lucets
I'm not wild about luceting (the object is a lucet, so it's a noun, but the word is used pretty regularly as a verb) because it makes my trigger knuckle sore, but luceted cords are very handy and can be very pretty--there are all sorts of ways to add embellishments and color-play. I had luceted shoestrings on yesterday. It's also a good way to use up little bits of yarn--you can make nice loops for Christmas stockings or ties for fly-away cardigans or button-loops for frog-type closures or or or--it goes on and on.

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KnitKnut
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Posted - 09/20/2005 :  12:33:36 PM  Show Profile Send KnitKnut a Private Message
Susan and Lanea, thanks for the info. I had never heard the term, not in 40+ years of needlework! It sounds like a fun process, a neat end product, and the forks were incredible!
I think I'll try this some time.

Marie from NC
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Sher
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Posted - 09/20/2005 :  4:05:53 PM  Show Profile  Send Sher a Yahoo! Message Send Sher a Private Message
Thank you all for the information. I had inherited a metal version and never knew what it was nor how it was used!
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