This month, we are moving on to the thirty-second pattern in Miss Lambert’s 1843 knitting manual, My Knitting Book (first series). The pattern is called VIII: Lace Pattern and it is the eighth in a series of stitch patterns suitable for doilies and tidies but could also be easily used in shawls, sweaters or anything you can imagine! This pattern has already been translated into modern knitting language and charted by the inestimable Franklin Habit in Miss Lambert’s Lace Sampler. Please use the lace pattern chart provided in his pattern write up to recreate Miss Lambert’s pattern exactly as written and take the time to read his introduction to the pattern as it is fantastic. Franklin is definitely on my list of must meet knitters!
When I knit up my version of the stich pattern I changed for more symmetry and, I think, less likelihood of creating a bias fabric. I hope Miss Lambert would approve!
The full pattern can be found here with written instructions and chart legend: MKB 32 Lace Pattern.
The unblocked sample was just lovely with a gorgeous texture on the right (public) side:
And the wrong (not public) side:
In a chunky weight yarn this would make a wonderfully squishy and cozy afghan, unblocked. I almost didn’t want to block it but I did and here is the result:
Overall, this is a lovely little lace pattern and I am glad that I went for symmetry on the lozenge shapes. I can see this in a shawl or wrap in my near future! Not bad for 175 years old – I really do enjoy the long lasting appeal of knitting stitch patterns.
What do you think? Would you adapt this pattern to a more modern context? Let me know in the comments below!