Sunday, February 15, 2009

Boredom is the root of ......

I am working on the reconstruction of a Danish Tie-shawl from 1897. I have been a little scared to start, but knitters from Ravelry have been very encouraging and I know where to get help.
It begins with an edge of lace. luckily enough I found a pattern called the Ettrick Lace from a Canadian pattern book from 1891.
The worst part was how to make the point. I was able to enlarge the photo I took of the shawl at the museum. Looking at the photo, counting and knitting at the same time, the sticks and fingers seemed to take over , and to my surprise"we" puzzled out how to make a corner and change direction. When I wanted to write it down, I had already forgotten and had to write one row at a time while I was re-knitting. At least I am not bored.


  1. Off to a beautiful start!

    That edge of lace is lovely.

  2. Um, I don't suppose your remember generally how it was done? I'm starting this shawl myself, and have been puzzling over the corner I'm about to hit! Are there short rows involved? I can't quite figure out how you did it from the picture.

  3. Yes, the corner is based on short rows. The mesh pattern continues and the garter stitch fabric are done in short rows. When you reach the point, the mesh fabric changes direction by changing k2tog to k2tbl.
    Good luck:)Mette

  4. OK, I'm a dunce. I did the short rows, worked perfectly, etc. But when I hit the apex, I got stuck. How do you decrease the pattern, since the lace is designed to increase a stitch every row? I suspect there's some very simple solution that is just not occurring to me.

  5. I hope you are on the 21st row and have 32 sts.
    You knit 17 sts, k2tog,
    (yo,ssk)5 times
    yo, ssk, k1.

    On the 22nd row you begin a new portion of short rows.
    And you are not a dunce. The Danish version is more clearly written. At least, I hope so ;)Mette


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