MKB Pattern No. 25 – Leaf and Trellis (Chart)

This is a quick follow-up to my post on the Leaf and Trellis lace pattern in Miss Lambert’s My Knitting Book (1843, first series).


I don’t know about you but I am much happier with a chart than written instructions when it comes to any lace pattern, especially those that were written 174 years ago. Below is the first page of the Leaf and Trellis Pattern from Miss Lambert’s book.  The pattern is four pages long!


In this case, I found that I really struggled with following this pattern as written by Miss Lambert but now that I have charted it, it seems much more manageable and less complicated.Capture

Notes:  All even rows are purled.  Horizontal repeats between the red lines as many times as you like.  Once you reach Row 33, return to Row 4 (a purl row) to repeat the pattern.

The full chart including a symbol legend and written instructions can be downloaded here:  I – Leaf and Trellis – Miss Lambert.

Please let me know if you find any problems with the chart and I will update it.

MKB 18 – Knitted Insertion (Pattern)

The pattern for a Knitted Insertion is found on Page 32 of Miss Lambert’s My Knitting Book (1843, first series).  The pattern is short and sweet, easy to memorize and makes for great conversation knitting.  Below, I have provided my interpretation of this 173-year-old pattern.



The pattern is for a piece of lace that can be sewn onto curtains, into a table cloth etc.  The lace is quite plain and reversible.


Width x Length = 1″/2.5cm x desired length


Yarn:  DK cotton (sample knit using Patons Grace DK in the colour Aquifer) (amount required depends on the length of lace required).

Needles:  4.0mm (or size needed to obtain gauge).

Other Materials:  Tapestry needle.

Gauge (in pattern):  9 sts x 8 rows = 1inch (2.5cm) x 1inch (2.5cm)


Sl – Slip

K – Knit

P – Purl

K2tog – Knit two stitches together

Yf – Yarn forward


Cast on nine stitches.

Row 1:  Sl1, k2, yf, k2tog, k1, yf, k2tog, p1.

Every row is the same.

Continue until the lace is the desired length.

Wash, block and enjoy a taste of 1843 in your home décor!

Note:  The original pattern calls for fine lace weight cotton and finer needles, I imagine that this lace would look great in any weight of yarn, so long as you change the needle size accordingly!



MKB 15: A Bonnet Cap (Pattern)


Please find below my interpretation of the pattern for A Bonnet Cap which was published by Miss Lambert in 1843 in her knitting manual entitled My Knitting Book (First Series) (pp 28-29):

The pattern is for a bonnet cap, which was a cap with only a forehead and a back but no crown.  I presume that the idea was to add some warmth when a lady was wearing her bonnet.  The cap is knit in two pieces, one large rectangle and one small rectangle and then assembled and finished with ribbons.

Completed Size

The finished cap is 9”/22.5cm high by 6.5”/16.3cm wide:


Large rectangle measures 3.5”/8.8cm x 18”/45cm and small rectangle measures 1”/2.5cm x 6”/15cm.


Yarn:  Fingering weight yarn in two colours.  Sample made using Regia 4-fädig (Ecru, Burgundy)

Needles: US 6 / 4.0 mm

Other Materials:  Tapestry needle, ribbon or extra wool for braiding

Gauge (in pattern): 19 sts x 24 rows = 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm)


  • MC – main colour (ecru)
  • CC – contrasting colour (burgundy)
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yf – yarn forward
  • k2tog – knit two together
  • BO – bind off


For the large rectangle:

Using CC CO 90 sts

Row 1-3:  K to end

Row 4:  *yf, k2tog, rep from * to end

Using MC, repeat Rows 1-4 eight times

Using CC, repeat Rows 1-4 one time

BO loosely.

For the small rectangle:

Using CC CO 40 sts

Work Rows 1-4 one time

Using MC, repeat Rows 1-4 three times

Using CC, repeat Rows 1-4 one time

BO loosely.

Sew in ends and block the two rectangles.


Fold the large rectangle in half and use a length of ribbon to draw each end together.  The ribbons should be long enough that they can tie under the chin.  Thread ribbons through the small rectangle so it can tie into a bow in the centre.  Then, sew the short sides of the small rectangle to the large rectangle to form a band for the back of the cap.


I hope you give this a try and enjoy bringing a piece of history forward to the present!