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Ivy Tidy from "The Ladies' Guide to Elegant Lace Patterns, Etc."

Ivy lace knit table runner from 1884

This tidy can be knit with any yarn and needles to suit. 50gm of fingering weight cotton and 2.75mm needles will make a tidy approximately 35.5 cm/14" wide and 43 cm/17" long before adding the fringe.

This pattern is similar to the Coral Pattern Tidy from Home Work, published in 1891, except that this version has a wider border and is designed to be finished off with a wide fringe. It also has left rather than right leaning decreases in the ivy leaves.

If you want to omit the fringe and have a tidy with edges that don't curl, work the first and last 12 rows in garter stitch and knit the first and last 10 sts of every wrong side row.

Stitch detail of ivy knitted lace tidy or table runner

Stitch detail

In Words

Cast on 89 sts

Work 12 rows stocking stitch

Row 1 (RS): K12, ssk, * (yo, ssk) three times, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k4, ssk, k2; repeat from * three times, (yo, ssk) three times, yo, k12.

Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12: Purl.

Row 3: K11, ssk, * (yo, ssk) three times, yo, k3, yo, k2, (ssk, k2) twice; repeat from * three times, (yo, ssk) three times, yo, k13.

Row 5: K10, ssk, * (yo, ssk) three times, yo, k5, yo, k2, (ssk) twice, k2; repeat from * three times, (yo, ssk) three times, yo, k14.

Row 7: K12, * (yo, k2tog) three times, yo, k2, ssk, k4, ssk, k2, yo, k1; repeat from * three times, (yo, k2tog) four times, k12.

Row 9: K13, * (yo, k2tog) three times, yo, k2, (ssk, k2) twice, yo, k3; repeat from * three times, (yo, k2tog) four times, k11.

Row 11: K14, * (yo, k2tog) three times, yo, k2, (ssk) twice, k2, yo, k5; repeat from * three times, (yo, k2tog) four times, k10.

These 12 rows form the pattern. Repeat for the desired length.

Work 12 rows stocking stitch. Cast off

Finish by adding a 4 inch fringe on each end, or all four sides if desired.

Chart

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Cast on 89 sts

Work 12 rows stocking stitch

Chart for knitting the Ivy Tidy

These 12 rows form the pattern. Repeat for the desired length.

Work 12 rows stocking stitch. Cast off

Finish by adding a 4 inch fringe on each end, or all four sides if desired.


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