Friday, February 10, 2012

Shell Lace Edging - Vintage Stitch Series

This sample knit with Butterfly Cotton on US Size 6 needles

There was no picture accompanying this stitch pattern, so I was very pleasantly surprised after I had finished the first repeat of it!  This is one of the prettiest stitches I think I have ever seen!  And it is easy to remember too even though it is a 12 Row repeat.  I found this gem of an edging in the NY Daily Tribune for February 29, 1880.  It was submitted by a Mrs. T. H. Corbett.  

  1. The first stitch of every row is slipped as if to purl, with the yarn held at the front of the work.  (The pattern does not state to slip the first stitch on the plain knitted rows, and did not indicate how the stitch is to be slipped.  I decided to slip the first stitch on all of the rows pwise wyif, so that I would have nice, neat edges.)
  2. You will be making a double yarn over on several of the rows; on the following row, you will be working both of these yarn overs - the first is knit, and the second is always purled.  
Cast on 9 stitches

Row 1: Slip 1, K1 [(YO twice, K2tog) 3 times] K1
Row 2: Slip 1, K2, P1, K2, P1, K2, P1, K2
Row 3: Slip 1, Knit
Row 4: Slip 1, Knit 
Row 5: Slip 1, K1, YO twice, K2tog, K8
Row 6: Slip 1, K9, P1, K2
Row 7: Slip 1, Knit
Row 8: Slip 1, Knit
Row 9: Slip 1, K1, [(YO twice, K2tog) 2 times] K7
Row 10: Slip 1, K8, P1, K2, P1, K2
Row 11: Slip 1, Knit
Row 12: Slip 1, K6 - Pass the first 6 stitches over the stitch just knit, K8

Repeat these twelve Rows for the pattern

Here is a sample I knit on Size 10 Crochet thread with US Size 0 needles.  It is hard to tell in the picture, but obviously the stitches are much smaller with the lighter cotton thread and smaller needles.  It makes a more dainty piece of fabric.  You will see the difference in the video.

And here is a video of the Shell Lace Edging.  Happy Knitting, and Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

Thank you, and very pretty work.
I love, love, love your videos!!

Sapphires-N-Purls said...

Thanks for watching! I'd love to see a picture if you use the edging on a project!