MKB 17 – Knitted Lace (Nope!)

So, apparently, if I’m not knitting, I have absolutely no incentive to blog!  In the past week or so, I’ve been getting slowly back into knitting as my shoulder is on the mend.  I am only doing a few rows at a time, and far less knitting than I usually do, but I am happy to be back at it.

That said, I have tried my best to figure out Miss Lambert’s pattern for Knitted Lace – there is some kind of error in the pattern and I can’t see it for the life of me.  I have knit up the pattern several times trying different modifications and I have charted it as well, without any luck at all.  I can’t see any pattern repetition, there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the pattern and I can’t “read” what is happening in the work.  This may be in part due to my limited experience with lacework, especially lacework that is worked on the return row.  So, Miss Lambert, I am throwing in the towel on this one.  I give up.  I cannot figure this out and I am going to let go and move on.

 

 

If you are interested in giving this a try yourself, I have reproduced the pattern for Knitted Lace from Miss Lambert’s My Knitting Book (First Series, 1843, pp31-32) below:

Cast on twelve stitches with very fine cotton, or thread.—No. 25 needles.

First row—slip one; knit two; pearl one; knit two together; turn the thread once round the needle, knit two; pearl one; knit one; turn the thread once round the needle, knit two, taken together at the back.

Second row—slip one; knit one; turn the thread twice round the needle, knit two; pearl two together; turn the thread once round the needle, knit one; pearl two together; turn the thread twice round the needle, pearl two together; knit one.

Third row—slip one; knit two; pearl one; knit two; turn the thread once round the needle, knit two together, taken at the back; knit one; knit two together; knit three.

Fourth row—slip one; turn the thread once round the needle; pearl one; knit two together; turn the thread once round the needle, knit four; pearl two together; turn the thread twice round the needle, pearl two together; knit one.[31]

Fifth row—slip one; knit two; pearl one; knit two; knit two together; turn the thread twice round the needle, knit three; pearl two together; knit one.

Sixth row—slip one; knit one, pass the slip-stitch over it; slip one; knit one, pass the slip-stitch over it; slip one; knit one, pass the slip-stitch over it; slip one; knit two; turn the thread once round the needle, pearl two together; turn the thread once round the needle, pearl two together; knit one; turn the thread twice round the needle, pearl two together; knit one.

There should now be twelve stitches on the needle as at the commencement.—Repeat from the first row.

Be sure to let me know how it goes!!!

MKB 17: Knitted Lace (And Lemons)

The seventeenth pattern in Miss Lambert’s My Knitting Book (First Series, 1843) is for Knitted Lace.  As with the other patterns in the book, there is no illustration available to see what the lace should look like.  Although Miss Lambert does not specify in the pattern, it appears to be a narrow knitted lace that could then be sewn on as an edging to a garment or linen.

To begin, I took a look at the pattern requirements:  Very fine cotton or thread and No. 25 needles.  These are equivalent to lace weight (or fine crochet cotton) and 1.25mm (0000) needles in modern day knitting terminology.  I decided that I would try out this lace pattern using larger needles and heavier weight yarn, at least until I know that I have the pattern figured out.  I chose fingering-weight yarn and 2.5mm needles and gave the pattern a try and had a significant lack of success!  The pattern involves yarn overs and lace work on the return row, which makes things a bit tricky.  And, it seems that there may be a typo somewhere that is leading to either not enough stitches or too many instructions for the number of stitches on the needle.  Hm.

The pattern involves yarn overs and lace work on the return row, which makes it a bit tricky for me to read the lace pattern as I work it.  I may have made a mistake but it does seem as if there may be a typo somewhere that is leading to either not enough stitches on the sixth row or too many instructions for the number of stitches on the needle!

Things were then further complicated when I finally went to see a physiotherapist about a problem with my shoulder and she told me I needed to stop knitting until my shoulder is better.  Oh no!  So, I’ve had to stop knitting for what is hopefully just a little while and I am highly motivated to do my exercises and get back to normal as soon as I can.  But, when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, right?  While I am out of commission, I plan to chart up this lace pattern and write some blog posts about knitting history, Victorian Lace or anything else that catches my eye.  I also hope to work on developing a few new design ideas to share with you over the next few months.