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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!


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).


Knitting Charts for the New Year

Today marks the first knitting freebie for 2019! This year every Friday I intend to post a new knitting freebie for you, either charts, tutorials or patterns.

Today’s freebie is a whole booklet of patterns from New Zealand dated around the 1940’s (by the hair styles and clothing styles).

Paragon Fair Isle charts 1 cover

Paragon Fair-Isle charts is available both as a pdf for hand knitters, and as a set of charts for DesignaKnit software.


Wheat Pattern Bedspread Back after 110 years!

Knitted wheat ear quilt square

The first 23 rows of today’s knitting pattern graced the pages of a newspaper way back in 1908, followed by a description of the remaining 200-ish rows and the instruction to send in to the newspaper for the remainder of the pattern.

I fell in love with the wheat stitch in the photo so I decided to see if I could work out the rest. It’s not exactly the same as original as my decrease row didn’t fall on the same number row as the newspaper stated, but I’d say it’s super close. So after 110 years, you can knit the Wheat Pattern Quilt from 1908 again.


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