It has been a while since I’ve posted any interpretations of the patterns from Miss Lambert’s book. It’s just one of those things, I suppose, sometimes life just gets in the way!
So, to refresh your memory, I am currently working (at a snail’s pace, I know, but I’m stubborn and will persevere) through the twelve stitch patterns that “are intended for d’oyleys, tidies, fish or basket napkins” and “may also be adapted, with a change or material, for shawls, counterpanes, bags and many other articles” (My Knitting Book, p. 37). The spelling of doilies pleases me to no end! I had wondered if perhaps the word originated from the French word for eye, “oeil” since doilies were often round, but that doesn’t seem to be the case according to this blog post by Dreamtress.
The Chevron Pattern is the seventh of the twelve stitch patterns for d’oyleys.
The original written pattern is as follows and although I think I know where she’s going with it, as written, it doesn’t really form much of a chevron shape.
Cast on any number of stitches that can be divided by eight.
First row—pearl knitting.
Second row—knit two together; knit three; bring the thread forward, knit three.—Repeat.
Repeat these two rows twice,—making in all six rows.
The pattern, as above worked, turns to the left; in the next six rows it should turn to the right,—this is to be done by bringing the thread forward before the open stitch of the preceding row.
Commence again as at first row, knitting alternately six rows with the pattern to the left, and six rows with the pattern to the right.
(My Knitting Book, p.46)
I’m really not sure that I’ve done the second set of six rows correctly but, I find this to be a very pretty stitch pattern anyway! Note that I added a two stitch stockinette selvage on each side that was not included in the original pattern.
Using fingering weight yarn and needles to match, cast on a multiple (X) of 8 stitches plus nine. Repeat the stitch pattern between the lines X times.
Row 1 [RS]: k2, k2tog, *k3, yo, k3, k2tog* rep between ** X times, k3, yo, k2
Row 2 [WS]: p to end
Rows 3 to 6: Repeat Rows 1 and 2, two more times.
Row 7 [RS]: k2, k2tog, *k2, yo, *k3, k2tog, k1*, rep between ** X times, k1, yo, k3
Row 8 [WS]: p to end
Row 9 [RS]: k2, k2tog, *k1, yo, k3, k2tog, k2*, rep between ** X times, k1, yo, k4
Row 10 [WS]: p to end
Row 11 [RS]: k2, k2tog, *yo, k3, k2tog, k3*, rep between ** X times, yo, k5
Row 12 [WS]: p to end
What do you think? Have you ever tried this stitch pattern?