The cluny six petal join is a good sturdy way to link sometimes fragile motifs together. In traditional joins, where picots that touch are joined with a single stitch, those joins are the weakest part of the lace fabric. With cluny joins, the lace is stronger, has fewer large holes for things to get caught on, and gives a nice Irish flavor to any lace pattern you’re working with.
This cluny join was made with five triple crochets per petal.
Joining my third motif to the lace left a bigger hole to fill, so I created a large cluny join with six double-triple crochets per petal.
Cluny joins are made as the last row of the motif you want to join is being stitched.
This joining method is advanced level lace crochet, but it’s worth learning. As you see, it’s truly a beautiful joining method, and adds greatly to the integrity of the piece.