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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.



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Mar. 13th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
That sounds like fun. I'm trying to decide what to knit after my unseasonal (by now) leg warmers and before I begin a cardigan/bolero-type thing for my mum. I have a pair of socks with the other one not done, might finish them. Too bad I don't need a scarf (this winter I already knitted one and got one as a present.)
Mar. 13th, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC)
This one's gonna be lacy, so more decorative than really warm. If I had done it wider, it would have made a nice shawl.

Do that second sock. You don't want to get second sock syndrome and have a drawer full of sock singles (hides my sock design drawer from view...)
Mar. 13th, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I wonder if I have some nice yearn... I have a few hand-dyed wool skeins I've bought from the Medieval fair and the Old Time Christmas fair here these past few years, and I've been thinking I'd make scarfs or such with them. All of them weigh between 100-200gr and you can't really do that much with it. But they were so pretty I had to get them! They're kinda on the... thicker side, not sock yarn.

I shall. They'll be a lighter pair, something I can maybe even wear in the summer, as it's a thin yarn.
Mar. 14th, 2011 03:26 am (UTC)
Funnily enough I just decided to give knitting another go. Of course I am not using a pattern...lol. Basically I am just knitting to try and get used to it and to learn not to pull so tight. From the side so far it looks like it will be a really wide scarf or more likely a small blanket one of my daughters can use for one of their baby dolls.

I want to make a scarf using the raspberry stitch but I don't know how well I would do and it would probably take me forever- but I might try it anyone once I finish this project.

I also want to crochet some hats for my girls - too bad there aren't more hours in a day.

I want to learn both so I can teach at least one of them to my girls- whichever they like better since I wish I had had someone to show me when I was younger so I could be a pro by now...lol
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