"Shell Pattern" is my personal favorite thus far. Triangles of large eyelets separate the shell motifs, which are edged with dainty eyelets. The stitch count rises from 15 to 25 and returns to the original number in the final row of the 16-row repeat. The bind-off is different than we have seen to date (noted on the chart with an asterisk). After 11 stitches of R16 are worked, the first 10 are slipped over the 11th one at a time before continuing with the remainder of the row. The result is a very pleasing cupped effect, adding dimension and elegance to the design.
You can download the full-size chart, verbal instructions and noteshere.
I began knitting lace about 15 years ago, and what began as curiosity quickly became a passion.
I have frequented used bookstores and antique shops for some 40 years, and have acquired an extensive library of works on textile arts going back to the 1850s.
This blog chronicles the patterns found in a late-Victorian composition book that was used by an anonymous east-central Illinois knitter as a knitted lace sample book. Some of the instructions were clipped out of newspapers, others written out by hand. Most were accompanied by a small sample worked in fine thread.
For more on the original book, see post #1, The Project. Phase Two of the blog documents the patterns in another late-Victorian knitter's notebook from my collection described in the August 2010 post Son of the Project. While including many knitted lace designs, the book also contains directions to make mittens, afghans, baby leggings and more.