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An Elegant Quilt from "The Ladies' Guide to Elegant Lace Patterns, Etc."

Lace and cabled counterpane strip knit from a VIctorian era knitting pattern.

The sample was knit with perle 5 cotton on 3mm needles and measures 20¾ cm/8½" wide. It shows one vertical repeat of the pattern (2 diamonds)

From the original pattern:

"Made of woodbine twists and diamonds. It is composed of 10 strips, 13 diamonds long. Knit some kind of pretty edge for border. It takes 28 balls of Morse & Kaley's knitting cotton No. 10, and very coarse knitting needles called mitten needles."

In modern terms size 10 cotton is roughly equivalent to fingering-sportweight on 3.25mm needles but this bedspread can be made with any yarn and needles sized to suit.

Finish the bedspread with a border of your choice.

In Words

Cast on 63 sts and knit 4 rows.

Note: Don't work the cable cross on the very first row but work it every following pattern repeat.

Drop the second loop of every double yarn over on the following row so as not to increase the overall number of stitches.

To work c4 over 4 left: put the next 4 sts onto a cable needle and hold in front of the work, knit 4, knit 4 from the cable needle.

Row 1 (RS): k4, c4 over 4 left, k4, p11, k4, yo twice, k2tog, k3, p11, k4, c4 over 4 left, k4

Row 2 (WS): k4, p8, k15, p9, k15, p8, k4

Row 3: k16, p11, k9, p11, k16

Row 4: k4, p8, k15, p9, k15, p8, k4

Row 5: k30, (yo twice, k2tog) two times, k29

Row 6: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 7: knit

Row 8: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 9: k16, p9, k4, (yo twice, k2tog) three times, k3, p9, k16

Row 10: k4, p8, k13, p13, k13, p8, k4

Row 11: k16, p9, k13, p9, k16

Row 12: k4, p8, k13, p13, k13, p8, k4

Row 13: k28, (yo twice, k2tog) four times, k27

Row 14: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 15: knit

Row 16: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 17: k4, c4 over 4 left, k4, p7, k4, (yo twice, k2tog) five times, k3, p7, k4, c4 over 4 left, k4

Row 18: k4, p8, k11, p17, k11, p8, k4

Row 19: k16, p7, k17, p7, k16

Row 20: k4, p8, k11, p17, k11, p8, k4

Row 21: k26, (yo twice, k2tog) six times, k25

Row 22: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 23: knit

Row 24: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 25: k16, p5, k4, (yo twice, k2tog) seven times, k3, p5, k16

Row 26: k4, p8, k9, p21, k9, p8, k4

Row 27: k16, p5, k21, p5, k16

Row 28: k4, p8, k9, p21, k9, p8, k4

Row 29: k24, (yo twice, k2tog) eight times, k23

Row 30: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 31: knit

Row 32: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 33: k4, c4 over 4 left, k4, p3, k4, (yo twice, k2tog) nine times, k3, p3, k4, c4 over 4 left, k4

Row 34: k4, p8, k7, p25, k7, p8, k4

Row 35: k16, p3, k25, p3, k16

Row 36: k4, p8, k7, p25, k7, p8, k4

Row 37: k22, (yo twice, k2tog) ten times, k21

Row 38: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 39: knit

Row 40: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 41: k16, p3, k4, (yo twice, k2tog) nine times, k3, p3, k16

Row 42: k4, p8, k7, p25, k7, p8, k4

Row 43: k16, p3, k25, p3, k16

Row 44: k4, p8, k7, p25, k7, p8, k4

Row 45: k24, (yo twice, k2tog) eight times, k23

Row 46: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 47: knit

Row 48: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 49: k4, c4 over 4 left, k4, p5, k4, (yo twice, k2tog) seven times, k3, p5, k4, c4 over 4 left, k4

Row 50: k4, p8, k9, p21, k9, p8, k4

Row 51: k16, p5, k21, p5, k16

Row 52: k4, p8, k9, p21, k9, p8, k4

Row 53: k26, (yo twice, k2tog) six times, k25

Row 54: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 55: knit

Row 56: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 57: k16, p7, k4, (yo twice, k2tog) five times, k3, p7, k16

Row 58: k4, p8, k11, p17, k11, p8, k4

Row 59: k16, p7, k17, p7, k16

Row 60: k4, p8, k11, p17, k11, p8, k4

Row 61: k28, (yo twice, k2tog) four times, k27

Row 62: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 63: knit

Row 64: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 65: k4, c4 over 4 left, k4, p9, k4, (yo twice, k2tog) three times, k3, p9, k4, c4 over 4 left, k4

Row 66: k4, p8, k13, p13, k13, p8, k4

Row 67: k16, p9, k13, p9, k16

Row 68: k4, p8, k13, p13, k13, p8, k4

Row 69: k30, (yo twice, k2tog) two times, k29

Row 70: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 71: knit

Row 72: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 73: k16, p11, k4, yo twice, k2tog, k3, p11, k16

Row 74: k4, p8, k15, p9, k15, p8, k4

Row 75: k16, p11, k9, p11, k16

Row 76: k4, p8, k15, p9, k15, p8, k4

Row 77: k30, (yo twice, k2tog) two times, k29

Row 78: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 79: knit

Row 80: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 81: k4, c4 over 4 left, k4, p9, k4, (yo twice, k2tog) three times, k3, p9, k4, c4 over 4 left, k4

Row 82: k4, p8, k13, p13, k13, p8, k4

Row 83: k16, p9, k13, p9, k16

Row 84: k4, p8, k13, p13, k13, p8, k4

Row 85: k28, (yo twice, k2tog) four times, k27

Row 86: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 87: knit

Row 88: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 89: k16, p7, k4, (yo twice, k2tog) five times, k3, p7, k16

Row 90: k4, p8, k11, p17, k11, p8, k4

Row 91: k16, p7, k17, p7, k16

Row 92: k4, p8, k11, p17, k11, p8, k4

Row 93: k26, (yo twice, k2tog) six times, k25

Row 94: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 95: knit

Row 96: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 97: k4, c4 over 4 left, k4, p5, k4, (yo twice, k2tog) seven times, k3, p5, k4, c4 over 4 left, k4

Row 98: k4, p8, k9, p21, k9, p8, k4

Row 99: k16, p5, k21, p5, k16

Row 100: k4, p8, k9, p21, k9, p8, k4

Row 101: k24, (yo twice, k2tog) eight times, k23

Row 102: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 103: knit

Row 104: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 105: k16, p3, k4, (yo twice, k2tog) nine times, k3, p3, k16

Row 106: k4, p8, k7, p25, k7, p8, k4

Row 107: k16, p3, k25, p3, k16

Row 108: k4, p8, k7, p25, k7, p8, k4

Row 109: k22, (yo twice, k2tog) ten times, k21

Row 110: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 111: knit

Row 112: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 113: k4, c4 over 4 left, k4, p3, k4, (yo twice, k2tog) nine times, k3, p3, k4, c4 over 4 left, k4

Row 114: k4, p8, k7, p25, k7, p8, k4

Row 115: k16, p3, k25, p3, k16

Row 116: k4, p8, k7, p25, k7, p8, k4

Row 117: k24, (yo twice, k2tog) eight times, k23

Row 118: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 119: knit

Row 120: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 121: k16, p5, k4, (yo twice, k2tog) seven times, k3, p5, k16

Row 122: k4, p8, k9, p21, k9, p8, k4

Row 123: k16, p5, k21, p5, k16

Row 124: k4, p8, k9, p21, k9, p8, k4

Row 125: k26, (yo twice, k2tog) six times, k25

Row 126: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 127: knit

Row 128: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 129: k4, c4 over 4 left, k4, p7, k4, (yo twice, k2tog) five times, k3, p7, k4, c4 over 4 left, k4

Row 130: k4, p8, k11, p17, k11, p8, k4

Row 131: k16, p7, k17, p7, k16

Row 132: k4, p8, k11, p17, k11, p8, k4

Row 133: k28, (yo twice, k2tog) four times, k27

Row 134: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 135: knit

Row 136: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 137: k16, p9, k4, (yo twice, k2tog) three times, k3, p9, k16

Row 138: k4, p8, k13, p13, k13, p8, k4

Row 139: k16, p9, k13, p9, k16

Row 140: k4, p8, k13, p13, k13, p8, k4

Row 141: k30, (yo twice, k2tog) two times, k29

Row 142: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

Row 143: knit

Row 144: k4, p8, k4, p31, k4, p8, k4

These 144 rows form the pattern. Repeat 6 times, then repeat rows 1-76 once for a total of 13 diamonds.

Knit 4 rows. Cast off.

Make 10.

Sew the strips together vertically, then add a border of your choice.

Chart

Cast on 63 sts and knit 4 rows.

Note: Don't work the cable cross on the very first row but work it every following pattern repeat.

Drop the second loop of every double yarn over on the following row so as not to increase the overall number of stitches.

The chart will print across the full width of your page.

Knitting chart 1 for a blanket with large lace diamonds and cabled borders.

Knitting chart 2 for a blanket with large lace diamonds and cabled borders.

These 144 rows form the pattern. Repeat 6 times, then repeat rows 1-76 once for a total of 13 diamonds.

Knit 4 rows. Cast off.

Make 10.

Sew the strips together vertically, then add a border of your choice.


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