MKB 34 – German Pattern

It must be something about the cooler nights and fall being around the corner that has me thinking about this long term project of mine. I believe it was 2015 when I took it upon myself to knit up all the patterns in Miss Lambert’s unillustrated 1843 book entitled My Knitting Book (First Series). When I started this project, I definitnely didn’t think I would still be at it in 2020! But, I have realized it will be a long term thing that I keep returning to when the time is right. There are 46 patterns remaining in the book so I might be at it for another five years at this rate!

I completed this sample some time ago but somehow never posted so I thought this would be a great place to get going again on the project. Slow and steady wins the race, right? I really do think I have been bogged down by these lace patterns but there are only two more to go then I can move on to something different!

The 34th pattern in Miss Lambert’s My Knitting Book is called a German Pattern. This is the tenth of a set of patterns that Miss Lambert published for d’oyleys, tidies, etc. The written pattern is a little more complex than some of her other patterns but once it was charted it was pretty straightforward. She tells the reader for each odd numbered row that it is to be “pearl knitting” – a Victorian knittingism that never ceases to make me smile! I wonder when the term changed from pearl to purl? I love how clever and well thought out these stitch patterns were – we use so many of them today and have no idea they have been around for 177 years.

Here is the chart for my interpretation of the written pattern:

And this is how it turned out! I used fingering weight yarn leftover from another project. There is a beautiful sample on Ravelry that shows how the pattern looks in white, unblocked, and using a finer weight of yarn. I think this stitch pattern would look amazing in a heavier weight yarn as well!

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