March 13th, 2011

Knitting needles

Knitting something...

don't know why.

It's a scarf based on a pattern by Miss Lambert, one of the early writers of knitting books in the 1840s.  This is from one of her books called My Knitting Book- this was an insertion, but I've modified it for a fabric of any width.

Pattern I'm using and what I intend to do:

Cast on a multiple of 9. (I'm doing my scarf on handspun wool that's somewhere between lace and fingering weight, and using 27 stitches, which gives me a width of 5.5 inches knit on size 3 US needles)

Row 1, slip first stitch, k across.

Row 2 (and all following rows)

sl 1 *(k2 yo k2tog p yo k2tog k p).  Repeat from * across row; you will end on a k stitch.

When you've reached the length you like, do a  final row of k across, then bind off.

Miss Lambert's original pattern, for a lacy insert would be knitted on fine needles, like a size 0 or 00 in crochet cotton. You would have cast on 9.  Then the pattern is just one repeat: slip 1, k2 yo k2tog p yo k2tog k.  Then turn, knitting for the length of lace you wanted. She recommended it to decorate muslin curtains and other household goods.

Pattern in plain unabreviated English:

Slip one stitch.  Knit 2 stitches together.  Yarn over .  Knit two stitches together.  Purl a stitch. Yarn over, knit 2 stitches together, knit one stitch, purl one stitch.