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Wide Lace Edging from 1911

A wide knitted lave with zig-zag and diamond patterning from 1925.

This week’s knitting pattern is a stunning wide lace edging from 1911: Knitted Lace in Points.

I’ve updated it into modern knitting terms and made a chart to download as a pdf since it’s such a large lace edging I’ve broken up the chart over three pages. I also used stitch maps to make sure there weren’t an errors.

It’s important to me to make these antique laces available once more, in forms that modern knitters can use easily. I’ve been adding them to Knitting-and.com for over 20 years and still have several hundred to go! Check out the lace collars, edgings and insertions page for 180 more that are already available.

Sarah

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

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