The 27th pattern in Miss Lambert’s My Knitting Book (1843, First Series) is called Point Pattern. The pattern is quite straightforward, especially once it has been charted (see, I am learning!)
This stitch pattern has already been translated by the talented Franklin Habit as part of Miss Lambert’s Lace Sampler published in Knitty in 2009. However, my interpretation differs slightly from his as I believe that every other row is a knit row, instead of a purl row as he has shown in his chart (although I think the sample shows the knit row, so maybe it is a typo on the chart?). Either way, it is a lovely little stitch pattern!
Either way, it is a beautiful little stitch pattern!
I think differences in our translations of Miss Lambert’s pattern shows the significant role of personal interpretation in reproducing these 174-year-old knitting patterns. At the end of the day, no one really knows what Miss Lambert’s finished items looked like. So we do the best with what we have, using our skills and our smarts and some creativity when things look a bit weird!
My chart and written instructions can be found here: III – Point Pattern.
Grab some yarn and needles to match, cast on a multiple of 6 stitches plus 3 and give it a try! I think you’ll enjoy bringing this old stitch pattern back to life! Happy knitting!