I have finished a sample of Fringe Pattern Knitting from Miss Lambert’s My Knitting Book (1843, First Series). Although the pattern is short, it still took me a few tries to get it right (I think!). The toughest part for me was figuring out how what Miss Lambert meant by “turn the wool round the needle, bringing it in front again.” First I tried doing it from the back of the needle but ended up with an extra stitch each time and then I tried to do it from the front but realized I was just doing what Miss Lambert has in other patterns called a yarn forward. I took everything out and tried holding the yarn in front of the needle and hen wrapping and it seemed to work out quite well. It is a very stretchy stitch and I would suggest a very loose cast on or bind off if you are using this stitch so you can block it out fully:
Once again, I amazed by the simplicity of Miss Lambert’s patterns. She is so succinct and gets her point across so well without much in the way of extra information that, although it could be interesting (and often very useful 172 years after the fact!), it really isn’t needed.
This is a very pretty stitch and would make a beautiful border for a shawl or a blanket!