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).

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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!

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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 Pattern No. 13 – An Opera Cap (Pattern)

Please find below my interpretation of the pattern for “An Opera Cap” (Miss Lambert, My Knitting Book, 1843, pp. 24-27):

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Description
An opera cap was worn by a Victorian lady when she went to an event to keep her hair in place, hold in her body heat on a cool evening and maintain her modesty.  The cap is knit flat with a picot border.  Ribbons or braided wool are attached to hold the cap onto the lady’s head.

Completed Size:

Dimensions

 

Materials 

Yarn:  DK yarn in two colours.  Sample made using Berocco Vintage DK

Needles: US6 / 4.0mm

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

Gauge (in pattern): 20 sts x 22 rows = 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm)

Terminology

  • MC – main colour (grey)
  • CC – contrasting colour (purple)
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yf – yarn forward
  • ssk – slip, slip, knit
  • ssp – slip, slip, purl
  • k2tog – knit two together
  • p2tog – purl two together
  • BO – bind off

Directions

Using MC CO 80 sts

Border

Row 1:  Using MC, p to end

Row 2:  Using MC, k to end

Row 3:  Using CC, p to end

Row 4:  Using CC, *yf, k2tog, rep from * to end

Repeat Rows 1 and 2, two times

1st Division (CC)

Row 1:  P to end

Row 2:  Ssk, k to last two sts, k2tog (78 sts)

Row 3:  K to end

Row 4:  *Yf, k2tog, rep from * to end

2nd Division (MC)

Row 1:  p2tog, p to last 2 sts, ssp (76 sts)

Row 2:  ssk, ssk, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2tog (72 sts)

Row 3:  ssk, k to last 2 sts, k2tog (70 sts)

Row 4:  *Yf, k2tog, rep from * to end

3rd Division (CC)

Row 1:  p2tog, p to last 2 sts, ssp (68 sts)

Row 2:  ssk, k to last 2 sts, k2tog (66 sts)

Row 3:  k to end

Row 4:  *Yf, k2tog, rep from * to end

4th(MC), 5th(CC), 6th(MC) and 7th(CC) Divisions

Repeat third division alternating MC and CC (50 sts)

8th Division (MC)

Row 1:  P to end

Row 2:  Ssk, k to last two sts, k2tog (48 sts)

Row 3:  K to end

Row 4:  *Yf, k2tog, rep from * to end

9th Division (CC)

Row 1:  P to end

Row 2:  Ssk, k to last two sts, k2tog (46 sts)

Row 3:  K to end

Row 4:  *Yf, k2tog, rep from * to end

 

Pick up 30 stitches on each side (108 sts)

Repeat the Border for the sides and back of the cap

Turn in the border and sew to create a picot edge

Attach ribbon to corners of the cap (or braided wool) to tie cap onto head

Add tassels to the ties (optional)

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New Design by Thread Forward – Tunic for Violet

I am pleased to share with you the release of the pattern for a Tunic For Violet!

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I was inspired to design this baby tunic by the stitch pattern for A Knitted Silk Cuff that can be found in Miss Lambert’s My Knitting Book (First Series, 1843) and the singlets of the 1930s era.  The tunic is available in sizes  3, 6, 12 and 18 months and is suitable as a summer top or a second layer in winter.

The pattern has been reviewed and tech edited by the wonderful Polly at Butterscotch Press.   Tunic For Violet  is available on Ravelry for 50% off until midnight on Wednesday, September 16 (Eastern Standard Time) after which it will be $4. 00. There is no coupon code and the discount will be applied automatically during checkout.