Rose ground is a pattern of stitches found in Torchon style lace. It is used as a background for other design elements. With just a pin between the stitches of step three and four it becomes a Flanders ground.


Rose ground is demarked on a pricking by a diamond connecting (or contained by) four pins. A single rose takes four pairs.

  1. Take the two pairs on the left, and work in whole stitch (CTCT). Do the same to the right two pairs.
  2. Take the center two pairs, and work a Torchon Ground stitch (CT.CT). Tighten gently.
  3. Take the left two pairs and work Torchon Ground.
  4. Take the right two pairs and work Torchon Ground.
  5. Take the center two pairs and work Torchon Ground. Tighten gently.
  6. Take the left to pairs and work a whole stitch. Repeat with the right two pairs.

This completes one rose. Roses are most often worked in a checkerboard pattern. In this case, the right two pairs just worked will become the left two pairs of the next rose. If two pairs have just finished a rose and are immediately entering another, the initial CTCT can be skipped; it was done at the end of the last rose.


When placing rose ground into a pattern, keep in mind that a corner cannot have a rose straight across it. Place roses either before or after the turn.