MKB 32: Lace Pattern

This month, we are moving on to the thirty-second pattern in Miss Lambert’s 1843 knitting manual, My Knitting Book (first series).  The pattern is called VIII: Lace Pattern and it is the eighth in a series of stitch patterns suitable for doilies and tidies but could also be easily used in shawls, sweaters or anything you can imagine!   This pattern has already been translated into modern knitting language and charted by the inestimable Franklin Habit in Miss Lambert’s Lace Sampler.  Please use the lace pattern chart provided in his pattern write up to recreate Miss Lambert’s pattern exactly as written and take the time to read his introduction to the pattern as it is fantastic.  Franklin is definitely on my list of must meet knitters!

When I knit up my version of the stich pattern I changed for more symmetry and, I think, less likelihood of creating a bias fabric.  I hope Miss Lambert would approve!


The full pattern can be found here with written instructions and chart legend: MKB 32 Lace Pattern.

The unblocked sample was just lovely with a gorgeous texture on the right (public) side:

And the wrong (not public) side:

In a chunky weight yarn this would make a wonderfully squishy and cozy afghan, unblocked.   I almost didn’t want to block it but I did and here is the result:

Overall, this is a lovely little lace pattern and I am glad that I went for symmetry on the lozenge shapes.  I can see this in a shawl or wrap in my near future!  Not bad for 175 years old – I really do enjoy the long lasting appeal of knitting stitch patterns.

What do you think?  Would you adapt this pattern to a more modern context?  Let me know in the comments below!


MKB 30: Chevron

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.

30 - Chevron - Stitch Fiddle.jpg

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?

2018: Happiness Goal No. 2

Fact.  I love knitting.

Fact.  I love puzzles and a good mystery.

It only makes sense that my second happiness goal for 2018 is to continue to knit and solve the puzzles presented by the unillustrated patterns in Miss Lambert’s My Knitting Book (1843, first series).  I really do find the process of reading, researching, interpreting and knitting up these patterns to be rewarding.  It gives me great pleasure to bring these forgotten patterns back to life, and I am amazed at how little things have changed, really, in the world of knitting since 1843.

My goal is to complete twelve (or more) blog posts about patterns from the book over the year.  This will take me to the forty-first pattern in the book.  Looking through the table of contents for the book, this year will take me through the rest of Miss Lambert’s stitch patterns for doilies and into the world of Victorian-era knitted purses, including the Pence Jug, which should be interesting!