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Category: Knitting

A Surprise Pincushion

Today I’m posting a surprise knitting pattern for a pincushion I found in the Trove newspaper archives! I was fascinated by the technique used to make up the Hassock Pincushion from 1911. Since I couldn’t figure out how it could possibly work, I had to knit it. And since I knit it, I made a photo and video tutorial so it will never confuse anyone ever again!

Hand knit pincushion in the shape of an Edwardian hassock with handles

Enjoy knitting the Hassock Pincushion. Updated with step by step photos and a video of the bit I couldn’t get my brain around.

Sarah

Knit a Strawberry Pincushion!

Knit a strawberry pincushion.

Today’s knitting pattern is a sweet Victorian style pin cushion for your sewing box or embroidery bag.

Knit from scraps of size 5 crochet cotton or lace weight wool, this pin cushion will keep your pins and needles nice and sharp for years of use! You can choose to fill it with wool or toy filling for a light, fun pincushion, or use crushed walnut shells or emery powder to keep your pins forever razor sharp.

I have adapted the pattern slightly, making it easier to sew together when finished, and supplying a lot more detailed instructions for making up.

I hope you enjoy the Strawberry pincushion knitting pattern.

Sarah

Dora Kerwan’s Lace

An embroidered linen doily with knitted lace edging featuring a design of diamonds and zig-zags

This week’s knitting pattern is a knitted diamond lace edging designed by Dora Kerwan in 1954.

The photograph shows it knit with size 30 thread as an edging for a linen doily, but it would be equally as beautiful as an edging on a knitted lace shawl.

As always, I have updated it into modern knitting terms, added a chart, and have tested it for errors using stitch maps.

If you have any special requests for patterns that are in the public domain, please let me know and I’ll see what I have in my collection that might suit!

Sarah

New Knitted Edging Pattern

Busy's Knitted Edging for a Quilt 1905

Today’s knitting pattern is Busy’s Edging from 1905.

This knitted edging was sent in to the newspaper by “Busy”, who states that she “had this edging on a quilt for 18 years”, so it was probably originally published before 1885.

I have updated the instructions into modern knitting terms, checked it for accuracy and added a chart.

I hope you enjoy this latest addition to the Knitted Lace Edgings and Insertions collection!

Sarah

Free Chevron Scarf Pattern

Vintage hand knit chevron and striped scarf

This week’s Friday freebie is a classic and stylish chevron scarf from 1933.

Originally knit with a fingering weight silk, this scarf cries out to be knit with a luscious modern bamboo, stripes of your favourite sock yarn, or the original silk!

I have updated the knitting language, added charts, clarified some of the directions and tested the instructions with a Stitch Map for accuracy (I haven’t made the stitch map public but if you’d like me to please let me know).

Sarah