Very Pretty Pattern for a Fish Serviette

Very Pretty Pattern for a Fish Serviette

From Exercises in Knitting by Cornelia Mee. Original text at Project Gutenberg.

Original Pattern

No. 2 linen thread, and pins No. 14. Cast on 116 stitches; 2 are for the edge on each side: knit 1 plain row, seam 1. The 2 stitches for the edge are not mentioned in the pattern.

First row:–Knit 2 together, knit 3, knit 2 together (knit 1 and make 1 twice), knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 3, knit 2 together (knit 1 and make 1 twice), knit 2.

Second row:–Seamed.

Third row:–(Knit 2 together and knit 1 twice,) make 1, knit 3, make 1 (knit 1 and knit 2 together twice), knit 1, make 1, knit 3, make 1, knit 2, and repeat.

Fourth row:–Seamed.

Fifth row:–Slip 1, knit 2 together, pass the slipped stitch over, knit 1, make 1, knit 5, make 1, knit 1, slip 1, knit 2 together, pass the slipped stitch over, knit 1, make 1, knit 5, make 1, knit 2.

Sixth row:–Seamed.

Seventh row:–Knit 2 (make 1 and knit 1 twice), knit 2 together, knit 3, knit 2 together (knit 1 and make 1 twice), knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 3, knit 2 together, and repeat.

Eighth row:–Seamed.

Ninth row:–Knit 2, make 1, knit 3, make 1 (knit 1 and knit 2 together twice), knit 1, make 1, knit 3, make 1, knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 1, knit 2 together.

Tenth row:–Seamed.

Eleventh row:–Knit 2, make 1, knit 5, make 1, knit 1, slip 1, knit 2 together, pass the slipped stitch over the knit one, make 1, knit 5, make 1, knit 1, slip 1, knit 2 together, pass the slipped stitch over, repeat.

Twelfth row:–Seamed.

Repeat these 12 rows till you have about 9 or 10 nails in length, then knit 1 plain row, seam 1 row, and cast off.

Updated Version

Abbreviations

k = knit
k2tog = knit two together
yo = yarn over (bring yarn forward between the needles and to back over right needle)
s = slip stitch from left hand needle to right hand needle as if to purl
psso = pass slipped stitch over

Pattern repeats over 21 stitches plus 2 stitches for edge garter stitch. For example, for 5 pattern repeats cast on 107 stitches (21 x 5 = 105 + 2 = 107).

Cast on desired number of stitches. Knit 1 row and purl 1 row (making sure to knit first and last stitch of each row).

Row 1: K1, *k2tog, k3, k2tog, (k1, yo) twice, k1, k2tog, k3, k2tog, (k1, yo) twice, k2, repeat from *, k1.

Row 2 (and all even numbered rows): K1, purl to within 1 stitch of end, k1.

Row 3: K1, *(K2tog, k1) twice, yo, k3, yo, (k1, k2tog) twice, k1, yo, k3, yo, k2, repeat from *, k1.

Row 5: K1, *S1, k2tog, psso, k1, yo, k5, yo, k1, s1, k2tog, psso, k1, yo, k5, yo, k2, repeat from *, k1.

Row 7: K1, *K2, (yo, k1) twice, k2tog, k3, k2tog, (k1, yo) twice, k1, k2tog, k3, k2tog, repeat from *, k1.

Row 9: K1, *K2, yo, k3, yo, (k1, k2tog) twice, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, repeat from *, k1.

Row 11: K1, *K2, yo, k5, yo, k1, s1, k2tog, psso, k1, yo, k5, yo, k1, s1, k2tog, psso, repeat from *, k1.

Row 12: As row 2.

Repeats rows 1-12 until desired length. Then, knit 1 row, purl 1 row, and bind off.

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