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!
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!
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.
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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