Friday, April 3, 2009

12. Tunician Lace

"Tunician Lace" is a garter stitch edging featuring faggoting along the upper edge and a diamond motif. Although the stitch count varies from 15 to 20 and back down again, the lower edge does not form a scallop or saw-tooth design. Because the increased stitches are bound off inside of the edge, the bottom of the border remains a straight line below a row of somewhat triangular eyelets formed by the bound-off stitches.

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

Knitted lace can be classified in two groups: 1) designs of pattern rows alternating with plain knit or purl rows and 2) designs of all pattern rows. This pattern is the first we have seen that falls squarely in the latter category. (Although many of the previous patterns have had a bit of patterning on the wrong side rows, it has been confined to secondary features such as faggoting along the top, and not related to the main motif of the lace.) The result is less roundness to the eyelets and a more spidery effect-- the yarn overs appear as straight lines of single threads connecting the solid areas. In Creating Original Hand-knitted Lace, Margaret Stove writes that "it is generally accepted" that the term lace knitting refers to alternating-pattern-row designs, while knitted lace is reserved for all-pattern-row designs.

Well. Ah... hmm.

Although I agree with the need for terminology distinguishing between the two structures, I can't help but question the usefulness of this choice. "Lace knitting" vs. "knitted lace" strikes me as far too arbitrary (and, therefore, hard to remember which is which) to serve the purpose. Maybe something along the lines of all-pattern knitted lace and alternating-pattern knitted lace? A little cumbersome, perhaps, but at least they get the idea across. Help me out here. Any ideas for what we can call these things?

Next time: Shell Pattern


Anonymous said...

This is a very pretty pattern. It looks like it was a challenge to chart. As for naming the every vs alternate row patterns, I like your idea that the name should be easy to remember.

GJabouri said...

I love this pattern!

The way I finally remembered the difference between "lace knitting" and "knitted lace" is that the emphasis is usually on the last word. So ... "lace knitting" emphasizes the "knitting" part, because you do more plain knitting/purling (on the return rows), whereas "knitted lace" emphasizes the "lace" part of it, in this case patterning in every row.

Anonymous said...

very pretty indeed.

Walden said...

Very pretty and I agree with yarnjourney, I like your naming for the types of knitting better. They are more self explanatory.

=Tamar said...

I think of it as "lacy" knitting, which emphasizes the knitting part and reminds me that some people don't consider it true knitted lace unless it's patterned on every row.

I wonder why this particular pattern was called "Tunician" - it doesn't much resemble the other knitting patterns called Tunisian knitting in De Dillmont's Encyclopedia of Knitting. It's much prettier.

Anonymous said...

This is obviously done a few years ago. The Pattern name states Tunician Lace which I took to mean Tunisian done with large hook Tunisian style. Can you tell me how this was done and if there is a youtube on how to do this lace pattern or any that are actually Tunisian with large hook.

kushami said...

I think “every-row lace” makes sense. But then “alternating-row lace” isn’t very clear.