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!

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MKB 28: Gothic Pattern

It has been quite a while since I last posted a pattern knit from Miss Lambert’s My Knitting Book (1843, first series).  For those new to the blog, I am working my way through Miss Lambert’s knitting manual published in 1843.  The book is one of the earliest knitting books published in English and is unillustrated.  My greatest pleasure working through this book is that because it is unillustrated and I feel that many of these patterns have not seen the light of day for many years, perhaps over a century.  Some stitch patterns are familiar and are still in use today; however, some seem to have been forgotten.  I enjoy the process of bringing them back to life.

Currently, I am working through twelve stitch patterns “intended for d’oyleys, tidies, fish or basket napkins.” (My Knitting Book, p. 36). Previous stitch patterns that I have already worked through in this series include:

The 28th pattern in the book is for the Gothic Pattern.  This is another straightforward pattern with a lovely result!

Miss Lambert’s original wording for the pattern can be found here.

My full interpretation of the pattern in chart form and written form can be found here:  IV Gothic Pattern.

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I knit the sample using some mystery fingering weight yarn from my stash and 2mm needles. But I think this stitch pattern will work well with any size yarn and would make a beautiful scarf or afghan in a bulkier yarn.  I hope you give this pattern a try, just cast on a multiple of ten stitches plus one and have some fun!  If you have any difficulties with the chart, please let me know.

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MKB Pattern No. 27 – Point Pattern

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.

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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!