|Lemon Seed Lace sample knit in Peaches and Creme|
I am in love with this stitch! How pretty is this?!
This was published in the NY Tribune on May 29, 1881. The paper does not specify how one would use this - it looks to me like an edging. In my video for this stitch, I say it is worked on a multiple of 23 stitches, however, after looking at the pattern again, I believe it is just the 23 stitches - if there is a way to widen the fabric, I cannot find instructions on how to do so. So, yes, I would say this is to be used as an edging - maybe use a nice lace weight yarn and then sew it on to the top of a curtain is what is on my mind right now. I have been itching to knit a curtain for my back door; but as I don't have time to knit a whole curtain, this would probably scratch my itch were I to just get a plain white piece of fabric to use as the curtain, and add this to the top.
This is not a stitch pattern you can sit down and knit while watching TV - it requires a bit of attention. At least for me it does.
- In Row 1, YO means you will make a yarn over 4 times - wrap your yarn 4 times around the needle to make 4 new stitches (this part is in the video).
- In the second row, when you come to those extra yarn overs, you will be working each of them as a separate stitch - you will not work the first wrap and then drop the rest as you would for a drop stitch pattern. You need the extra stitches to make the pattern work. Row 2 begins by knitting 5 stitches - the 5th stitch will be knit into the first wrap (This is in the video too, so if you can't picture it in your head, don't worry!)
- Row 5, K2TOG - Knit two together twice
- Row 7 - K3TOG is not a typo - knit three stitches together. This can be a little tricky - put your needle into each stitch separately and give it a little wiggle to help loosen the stitches; this should help you work all of them at the same time.
- In Row 11, PSSO means you will pass the slipped stitch over the K2TOG
Cast on 23 stitches
Row 1: K3, YO, K2TOG, K3, YO, K1, YO, K5, YO, K2TOG, YO, K2TOG, YO , K2TOG, YO, K2TOG, K1
Row 2: K5, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K13, YO, K2TOG, K1
Row 3: K3, YO, K2TOG, K1, K2TOG, YO, K3, YO, K2TOG, K3, YO, K2TOG, K1, YO, K2TOG, K4, YO, K2TOG, K1
Row 4: K8, P1, K2, P1, K13, YO, K2TOG, K1
Row 5: K3, YO, K2TOG , YO, K5, YO, K2TOG, K2, YO, K2TOG, K2, YO, K2TOG, K3, YO, K2TOG, K1
Row 6: K7, P1, K3, P1, K13, YO, K2TOG, K1
Row 7: K3, YO, K3TOG, YO, K2TOG, K3, K2TOG, YO, K2TOG, K1, YO, K2TOG, K3, YO, K2TOG, K2, YO, K2TOG, K1
Row 8: K6, P1, K4, P1, K11, YO, K2TOG, K1
Row 9: K3, YO, K2TOG, K1, YO, K2TOG, K1, K2TOG, YO, K3, YO, K2TOG, K4, YO, K2TOG, K1, YO, K2TOG, K1
Row 10: K5, P1, K5, P1, K11, YO, K2TOG, K1
Row 11: K3, YO, K2TOG, K2, YO, SL 1, K2TOG, PSSO, YO, K4, YO, K2TOG, K5, YO, K2TOG, YO, K2TOG, K1
Row 12: BIND OFF 3 STS, K7, P1, K11, YO, K2TOG, K1
Repeat these 12 rows for desired length.
Now, here is the video. This is far too long a stitch pattern to do the whole thing, so I have shown only how to do the quadruple yarn over in Row 1, and then how to work those extra stitches in Row 2. I also show how to bind off the first 3 stitches in the last row, just in case you have never done this before.