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

Rectangular lace leaf doily knit from a Victorian era knitting pattern.

This tidy can be knit with any yarn and needles to suit by casting on a number of stitches that can be evenly divided by 20 plus 7 extra for the edge stitches. A minimum of 47 sts is required.

The sample was knit with fingering weight cotton on 3mm needles and measures 45½ cm/18" by 35½ cm/14". I worked 9 pattern repeats.

This pattern was identical to the Apple Leaf Tidy from Home Work (published in 1891), but I have added a stitch to the left hand edge to make it completely symmetrical.

In Words

Cast on 87 sts and knit 2 rows.

Row 1 (RS): k3, *p1, k2tog, k3, (yo, ssk) twice, yo, k1, yo, (k2tog, yo) twice, k3, ssk; repeat from * to the last 4 sts, p1, k3

Row 2 and all even rows: k3, p to last 3sts, k3

Row 3: k3, *p1, k2tog, k2, (yo, ssk) twice, yo, k3, yo, (k2tog, yo) twice, k2, ssk; repeat from * to the last 4 sts, p1, k3

Row 5: k3, *p1, k2tog, k1, (yo, ssk) twice, yo, k5, yo, (k2tog, yo) twice, k1, ssk; repeat from * to the last 4 sts, p1, k3

Row 7: k3, *p1, k2tog, (yo, ssk) twice, yo, k7, yo, (k2tog, yo) twice, ssk; repeat from * to the last 4 sts, p1, k3

Row 9: k3, k2tog, (yo, ssk) twice, yo, k9, yo, (k2tog, yo) twice, *k3tog, (yo, ssk) twice, yo, k9, yo, (k2tog, yo) twice; repeat from * to the last 5 sts, k2tog, k3

Row 11: k3, *k1, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k3, ssk, p1, k2tog, k3, (yo, ssk) twice, yo; repeat from * to the last 4 sts, k4

Row 13: k3, *k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k2, ssk, p1, k2tog, k2, (yo, ssk) twice, yo, k1; repeat from * to the last 4 sts, k4

Row 15: k3, *k3, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k1, ssk, p1, k2tog, k1, (yo, ssk) twice, yo, k2; repeat from * to the last 4 sts, k4

Row 17: k3, *k4, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, ssk, p1, k2tog, (yo, ssk) twice, yo, k3; repeat from * to the last 4 sts, k4

Row 19: k3, *k5, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k3tog, yo, (ssk, yo) twice, k4; repeat from * to the last 4 sts, k4

Row 20: k3, p to last 3sts, k3

These 20 rows form the pattern. Repeat for the desired length.

Knit 2 rows, cast off.

Chart

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Cast on 87 sts and knit 2 rows.

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Knitting chart for the Victorian era Oak Leaf Tidy

These 20 rows form the pattern. Repeat for the desired length.

Knit 2 rows, cast off.


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