Many historic knitting patterns are not for the faint of heart. The directions can be vague and filled with errors. It is always nice if a previous knitter has "translated" the pattern so we can proceed with the actual knitting.
Here is a knitting pattern for knitted edging. It is from Godey's Ladies book 1867. The instructions suggest it for a bedcover. That's alot of stitches! I think it would be a great bottom edge to a shawl.
Sorry it has been so long! Lots of illness on the homefront. We are better now! Here a great idea for helping a non-knitting friend get started and and actually make a scarf. How to arm knit. From Lion Brand Yarn Get the look of knitting without using needles. Using the simple technique of arm knitting, you can make a scarf in just half an hour!
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Check out my sale on Ravelry. I have marked down 3 shawls to $1.99 for a limited time. You do not need to be a member of Ravelry to purchase patterns. Their shopping cart is easy to use with PayPal. Your pattern is immediately downloadable from your email receipt from Ravelry. Happy knitting!
GAUGES: 22 sts = 10cm [4”]; 26 rows = 10cm [4”] in Lace Pattern with smaller needles; 16 sts = 10cm [4”]; 24 rows = 10cm [4”] in St st with larger needles.CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauges.
Whether you are dressing as a marvelous super heroine or going to a masquerade ball, this clever mask will fit the bill. Choose from any of the many colors of Aunt Lydia’s crochet thread for the perfect alluring mask.
AUNT LYDIA’S® Classic Crochet Thread, Size 10: 1 ball each Pumpkin 431, Black 12, Hot Pink 332
Susan Bates® Crochet Hook: 1.50mm [US 7]
Optional: Fabric Stiffener, Styrofoam® Head form, 1” (2 ½ cm) Brush, Rust proof pins
Mask measures approx. 3 ¾” (9 ½ cm) long x 8” (20 ¼ cm) wide, excluding ties.
GAUGE: 23 sc = 4” (10 cm). CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain your gauge.
Another challenge with vintage patterns is sizing. You may see a pattern that states that the instructions are for a size 12 but the chest measurement appears to only be 30 inches! Well, 50 years ago, that was correct! PurpleKitty.com has a helpful size chart that shows measurements from approximately 50 years ago and one with currently used standards. You will have a good laugh when you see how small the sizes were then. Using gauge information, you can size your work up (or down!) according to the desired finished size. Enjoy, Debby
Vintage patterns have challenges all their own. One of which is figuring out what to use if a yarn is discontinued. Sometimes a pattern gives you a gauge to work with so you may be able to work out a substitute.... Sometimes you are working blind. That is where the fun begins in being creative and breathing new life into vintage patterns. This chart of discontinued yarns at PurpleKitty.com can be a great resource. Have a look and book mark it for later use. Enjoy, Debby
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I love to collect knit and crochet stitch instructions. YouTube is a great resource for not only instructions but also a video demonstrating how to create the stitch. Here is a great video explaining how to crochet the popular crocodile stitch.
Do you collect knitting or crochet stitch instructions? I do. I must have at least 25 books full of them. Now I collect them on my computer! Here is an interesting one I saw this week from Very Pink Knits. She has a YouTube video as well as the written instructions. You can find it here.
I got the first of a series of new dog sweater patterns published this weekend. It features an easy to knit slip stitch rib design that can be knit in two colors or even three. You can use two solid colors or a solid and a variegated yarn. The directions are written out in easy language so a beginner knitter should be able to make this dog sweater. Available on ETSY, Ravelry and Craftsy
An easy to knit sweater for your favorite little doggie!
Shrugs make a great project since they are much smaller than a sweater. As we move into fall, you can transition your wardrobe with a pretty vintage shug. I love the one I posted yesterday. Here are a few more. Knit:
I am new to the world of tablets, Kindles, etc. Do you use one? I am happy with my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. I can actually see and print the print on the screen! One app that was pre-loaded was the Kindle Reader. Some historic needlecraft books are available in Kindle format at no cost. Here is what I found on Amazon.com: