Friday, January 1, 2010

38. Untitled Edging

This is another pattern our Victorian knitter copied down in her sample book without including its name. Two rows of ladder eyelets run along the top. Slightly overlapping raised leaves, worked in stockingnet and offset by a narrow band of reverse stockingnet above and below the motifs, are laid end to end. The contour of the leaves tends to pull the eyelet rows into a soft curve, which can be enhanced or discouraged in the blocking process. Again with this pattern we see the tendency of 19th Century designers to use K2tog on both sides of a tapering motif, where a modern lace knitter would employ balanced decreases. The lower garter stitch portion of the design might make a good Rorschach test-- I see sideways Christmas trees and pawprints...

After a big jump in the first row due to the double yarn overs, the stitch count rises steadily as the leaf widens, from 22 to 33 by row 8. Some of the added stitches are bound off in rows 9 and 11, before more double yarn overs increase the count again. From row 16 on, the tapering of the leaf tip decreases the stitch count evenly, and the last few added stitches are cast off in the final row of the 20-row repeat, creating the smaller notch along the lower edge.



You can download the full-size chart, verbal instructions and notes here.

Next week: Loose Ends

16 comments:

Shayna said...

What a great edging! I'm definitely going to have to try this one.

=Tamar said...

Another great leaf edging. This book is a gold mine.

azknitter said...

What a gorgeous edging! I can't wait to try it.

Aim said...

This is stunning!!!! I love this edging. I just discovered your blog, what a fun one to follow! I'll be back for sure....

Ghislaine said...

can i make your blog's address on my website ?

vintagekathleen said...

Ghislaine-- Yes, I would be honored if you included a link to my blog on yours.

Nile e Richard said...

Hello,amiga.
Adorei o seu blog,seus trabalhos são lindos os barradinhos um show!!
Apesar de fazer tricot e muitos anos infelismente não sei ler estes gráficos.
Gostaria de por seu link no meu blog.Aguardo a sua permi~são.
bjtos.Nile.

Ghislaine said...

That is very beautiful!

MsMows said...

I found your blog this AM while looking for scallop edge knit patterns--beautiful, interesting site! Thank you for sharing your interest/skills with others. Your site has given me some new ideas for decorative touches to future projects. I appreciate edgings that are garter stitch because of the tendency for many lace patterns to roll/curl one way or another.

annie said...

Joli Blog que voici , je m'empresse de le mettre dans mes favoris !
J'ai déniché un dictionnaire de tricot en ligne pour décrypter les symboles de la grille, ainsi j'ai pu commencer à tricoter cette magnifique bordure qui viendra peaufiner le " plaid afghan " que j'essaie de faire (je le fais sans modèle car ne parlant pas anglais, j'ai peur que ce ne soit trop compliqué ). Grand merci à vous !

Shaelynnmoody said...

I rather like this, but I only want to do just the leaf part, not the frilly bits below that. Any chance you know how to alter the pattern/cast on row and preperatory row, to make it work?

vintagekathleen said...

I would try casting on 13 sts and work the chart just through stitch #21. Let me know if it works out. Happy knitting!

ShaelynnMoody said...

You are wonderful and I will try it. What about that preparatory row?

vintagekathleen said...

I would just omit it.

ShaelynnMoody said...

Will do. As soon as I get off work, I'll start on it.

Gabidrut said...

Thanks for beautifull patern!